Broken Concentration

Again, if you are here looking for news about mom, email her at her NEW EMAIL ADDRESS or call her cell phone to get the officially approved version of how she is. If you don’t have her new email address or her cell number, let me know in the comments and tell me how to get in touch with you and I’ll get them to you.

There are only one or two of my knitting projects I can work on during the day because reasons. I can’t work on anything that requires the slightest bit of concentration (the ones I really want to work on, of course) because the odds are very high I will get interrupted and/or distracted, and make a mistake I won’t catch because I’ve been interrupted and/or distracted. Evidently, the Latticia shawl (above) is yet another project that is too complicated to be worked on during the day. It was a rather glaring mistake in the edging, and I had to wait until after bedtime to fix it, when I knew I would have no interruptions to break my concentration. That I didn’t catch the mistake until after 12 rows was partly my own fault, though.

I should always pause and check over my work every five or six rows so as to catch any mistakes early, especially when I’m trying to knit during the day. Fortunately, with this shawl, the edging is only six stitches wide and those were the only stitches I had to rip out 12 rows of. Here’s six rows fixed, six more to go.

You know you’ve reached a certain level of competency as a knitter when you don’t have to frog 12 entire rows to fix a mistake that only involves 6 stitches.

Unfortunately, these are two projects (Latticia Venezia at left, and Smuggler’s Moon at right) that are on hold for the foreseeable future. They require more concentration than I can give them. I might be able to work on Smuggler’s Moon after bedtime when I have an hour or two of uninterrupted quiet — assuming I don’t fall asleep at the needles . . . But seeing as how I’m still working out/writing the Latticia Venezia pattern, that one’s on indefinite hold.

I’ve been dying to work out the pattern for the iPocket — a strap on pocket for my iPhone for when I wear leggings that have no pockets, but it starts with a Turkish cast on of 39 wraps, which is fiddly and requires at least an hour of unbroken concentration to get it to a point where I can set it down — especially since I’ll be writing the pattern for it as I go. Now I get to choose: I can either continue to be driven crazy all the time by the desire to start it, or start it and just work on it for an hour or two at night after bedtime and be driven crazy all day with the desire to work on it . . .

Author: WOL

My burrow, "La Maison du Hibou Sous Terre" is located on the flatlands of West Texas where I live with my computer, my books, and a lot of yarn waiting to become something.

One thought on “Broken Concentration”

  1. Your rock-and-a-hard-place comment at the end reminded me of the experience that used to be all too familiar. When I was at work, I’d feel guilty that I wasn’t at home with mom, and when I was doing ‘whatever’ with her during the day, I always felt guilty that I wasn’t at work. It was no fun, at all.


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