Monday, June 27, 2005

I'm Sorry Mr. Blankie!

This is the first project I am called it quits on and I am having a hard time dealing with it! I feel bad... like I should be apologizing to Mr. Blankie! "I'm so sorry... I just couldn't work on you... you were making me not enjoy knitting and I feel like I made too many mistakes on you! I know you will become something beautiful in the near future and I apologize that you will no longer be titled the Big Bad Baby Blanket. Please forgive me!"

And so I frogged. I threw in the towel. The problem was:
1. I made too many small mistakes that I didn't go back and correct.
2. I didn't have a deadline (which is hard for baby projects).
3. I wasn't necessarily knitting this for a specific person.
4. It's been sitting there for over a year... and I just can't deal with it!

I love this pattern, and know I will use it again. I am actually thinking that this yarn will be great to make some hat/bootie sets for the Preemie Project. I might even attempt a much smaller baby blanket for that project as well! We'll see. Bye bye Mr. Blankie....



18 Comments:

At 5:57 PM, Anonymous Laura said...

Sometimes you just gotta toss it don't you? There is no use knitting something which you don't enjoy! Your knitting time is supposed to be relaxing. Hope you find some relaxing projects to use the yarn for. =0)

 
At 9:34 PM, Anonymous Kathy said...

You are right to stop if it wasn't working -- you can use the yarn for something else that you'll love. BTW, your sweater looks FANTASTIC -- congratulations!!!

 
At 9:40 PM, Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

he was beautiful but sometimes we just have to say ENOUGH!!!I had a project using ribbon yarn, I thrw in the towel 10 rounds into it:)drove me nuts!!!

 
At 9:54 PM, Anonymous grumperina said...

The BBBB just didn't love you back :). Sometimes it's easier to deal with a ball of yarn than a big project never meant to happen, right? The yarn will be something else beautiful in its next life!

 
At 8:15 AM, Blogger eastern white said...

can't be knitting that if you don't love it anymore... i'm sure you'll find some more interesting things to make with that yarn!

 
At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Diana said...

Ah, it just wasn't meant to be! Its better to frog these projects and start fresh. When they sit around half-finished, I think they can weigh on the mind somewhat, because its on the list of WIPs.. but not anymore!

 
At 10:21 AM, Blogger amandamonkey said...

You did the right thing. Big Bad was just bringing you down. Don't you feel good now?

 
At 11:20 AM, Anonymous Dani said...

Ah yes, calling it quits feels bad at 1st, but trust me, you will be over it quickly, and will fall in love again by using the yarn in a project that loves you back. (As you deserve!)

 
At 12:23 PM, Anonymous Purly Whites said...

Good for you for knowing when to call it quits. There is no reason to torture yourself with something that isn't working.

 
At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Rachel said...

What a pretty yarn you chose though! I hate when that happens. I have such a hard time leaving projects too. Not sure why... I guess I just feel like a quitter. But all i need to make me feel better is a trip to the yarn store and a great new pattern! Bye bye little green blanket!

 
At 1:28 PM, Blogger knitting nana said...

Maybe it was a case of mistaken identity ... you THOUGHT it was a blankie, but it thought it was a ___??____ ?

Or maybe it was just a rehearsal for the REAL project ?

(I've encountered a few rehearsals / mistaken id cases myself!)

 
At 5:12 PM, Anonymous jacqueline said...

bye bye mr blankie....welcome to the world something new, creative and wonderful. it's all good!

 
At 10:16 PM, Blogger Janette said...

Sometimes you gotta know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em. Good for you for having the strength to walk away. I have a ball of polarspun that was going to be a stuffed animal, but it proved to be difficult to work with and no fun..now it's going to be a garter stitch scarf. I show that yarn to be high maintenance!

 
At 4:21 AM, Anonymous Becky said...

Hey! Better to frog than to be chugging along on a project that is doing nothing for you. Frog away!

 
At 9:47 AM, Anonymous stephanie said...

I'm so jealous that you just quit on the baby blanket.
(Maybe I could quit my baby blanket...)

 
At 10:51 AM, Blogger Lauren said...

Hey, we've all been there... if you hate it, don't waste time on it!

 
At 11:09 AM, Blogger Dani said...

Thanks everyone for your support! I was so sad at first wasting all that time, but why waste more! Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend that is in the US!

 
At 2:57 PM, Blogger Becky said...

HI Dani!
Good for you! It will get easier in time and eventually you will find it quite "free-ing". You wouldn't believe all the things I've thrown out or sent back to the scrap bin. Life is way too short to be wasting time finishing things you can't stand. I look at it this way: Have I learned what I need to from the project but have now outgrown it? If so, throw it (or frog it). Does it frustrate me? Upset me? Give me more strees than fun? It's outta here!

 

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