You Have Been Forewarned: 7 Important Knitting Lessons I Just Ignored 

Don’t tell me later that you didn’t have fair warning that I would be complaining about this lace pullover for the next decade. Because that’s exactly how long it will probably take me to knit the darn thing–A DECADE.

In fact, let’s just take bets now. Leave a comment with the month and year you predict I will finish this new project. If you’re right, I will send you something cool.

There are so many lessons here that I don’t know where to start.

Lesson 1: Ignoring all the times you have previously suffered the same lapse in judgement.

Lesson 2: Failing to realize you could switch to fingering and perhaps knit a size smaller until AFTER you hastily placed your yarn order.

Lesson 3: Not stopping to think NO FREAKING WAY when your friend suggested you pick a pattern that required nearly 1600 yards of lace weight yarn for your third knitalong. Even if the pullover was cute and had a neckline you’ve always been fond of.

Lesson 4: Again being swayed by the cost-benefit ratio of working with lace. Surely there’s a statistic that correlates broke knitters with a higher likelihood of working with lace. You definitely can entertain (aggravate?) yourself much longer for less money with a lace weight project.

Lesson 5: Not stopping before you’re in too deep. As in, it took you two hours to knit a TINY swatch and you still kept going. Then it took you another two hours to cast on and STILL you crept closer to the edge of the cliff.

Lesson 6: Pretty yarn isn’t enough to justify mitigating circumstances, even if it’s the same color as the wine you will require in abundance to survive this project. With a bit of silk. They do make thicker yarn in the same color, also with silk. Think bigger, knitters. Think bigger.

Lesson 7: Working with 1600 yards of lace negates the beneficial, relaxing qualities otherwise provided by knitting in the first place. Stress reduction? What’s that?

I will stop there. While I am ahead. Because there are so many other aspects of my life in which I am presently behind. Perhaps it will all even out.

Oh, and the name of the pullover I just may finish before Reed graduates from high school (he’s almost five) is Pivot. And get this: it’s seamed.

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17 Comments

  • Reply Paula @ Spin a Yarn October 31, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Oh my! I’m going to be optimistic and guess 10/31/2021 🙂 You are very brave for continuing on.

  • Reply zeta (kalianapodi.wordpress.com) November 1, 2017 at 1:26 am

    Oh my! Lace yarn and seemed?! Are you insane???
    I was thinking of turning some of my lace yarn into a sweater but I’m going to hold it double and go up a few needle sizes and have nothing else to knit with. It will be my desperate sweater!

  • Reply Katie M. November 1, 2017 at 6:32 am

    You are a braver (or more masochistic?) woman than I. At least it matches the wine. 🙂 I’ll bet you can get it done in a couple years. I guess September of 2019. (Which my autocorrect tried to change to 3019 for some reason. I hope it doesn’t take that long!)

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life November 1, 2017 at 6:49 am

      The fact that my yarn matches wine is not lost on me. Many spills in my future. Yep definitely masochistic.

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise November 1, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    you’re singing my song when you gently whisper 1600 yards of laceweight 🙂 Just sayin’!!

  • Reply itsallaboutpurple November 1, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    awww you always make me laugh!! i am going with october 2018 and i’ll bet you are done sooner!! i have faith in you girl, the yarn is gorgeous!!!

  • Reply Stefanie November 1, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Oh man, lace? I avoid that weight at all costs. Even if I’m supposed to work with fingering but it uses a gauge for sport or DK, I’d rather use a heavier weight yarn.

  • Reply Marty K November 1, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    I will guess November 2018…but hope you get it finished before then!

  • Reply Alina November 2, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Haha!!! You are the best, Andrea!!! When are you going to write a knitting bestseller? I am so buying it!

  • Reply Lisa Gordon November 3, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Oh, but it is such a pretty color!! 🙂
    I wish you the very best on this project, and please do keep us posted.

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