I tink, therefore I am …

… cranky.

I’ve been trying to knit a lace scarf for a friend to give as a gift. I’m using Jaggerspun Zephyr in Iris. The pattern calls for NUPPs, but as a general rule, I don’t NUPP. I’m putting a bead there instead. I have one scarf that I made for myself from the same yarn, same bead substitution, the same pattern.

beads, lace knitting on needles
Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark

I know I can do this. It is not that complicated! 

So why, for the love of the yarn gods, why am I having so much trouble? I can count. I’m a reasonably intelligent human being, skilled in the ways of the knitting and weaving. This should not be a problem. But it is.

If it was actually possible to do, I would say I’m tinking more than I’m knitting. But for that sort of negative, I would have to move from unknitting the scarf to ripping out a project that I’ve already finished.

I was knitting on Addi Turbos circs and changed to Chiaogoo bamboo circs. I thought maybe better control over the yarn was the solution. Now I think it might be concentration.

The pattern section that I’m working is relatively easy. That means my mind wanders. My mind wandering is a terrible thing. Seriously terrible thing. I start to think of all the other things I should be doing (the kitchen DIY), the books I should be reading (Mr. Vishous Reyes Kindle is getting restless) and all the yarn that is calling me. The stash in the house is bad enough but the spillover into the storage unit is downright embarrassing! My loom is yelling for my attention and the gift-giving season is screaming in our direction.

So I’m writing a blog post instead of knitting and wondering why this scarf is so difficult. Gee, let me tink … er, think. I meant THINK!