May 16, 2007

Tahki Cotton Classic, how I have frogged thee....let me count the ways


I'm back.....finally. I've had a heck of a month. My car broke down about a month and a half ago and is still broken because of the lack of parts available on island. It's our only car and on top of that my hubby has been working later and later and later and is set for deployment at the end of this month. The mechanic seems only interested in talking to him which is almost impossible when he's working 18 hour days, six days a week (thank you Frank Cable......I'm starting to not like this command). On top of that the Navy decided that we owed them money that they really owe us and took it from our paycheck right as the car broke so we've been living on half of a paycheck and have only had enough money to buy groceries.....let alone trying to get a rental car. We had to have our cable turned off until we get back good financially (we have spent two paydays with only half a check) which I can't really complain about that because I grew up without cable and half the time there's nothing on all those channels anyways, but we also spent the last two weeks with no car. My friend who offered to drive me around also had her car break down so we had to ask a friend of a friend to drive us to get groceries and that was an interesting time (two pregnant women, two carseats with toddlers, one child in the floor board of the backseat and myself shoved into a Dodge Stratus). My son also managed to scare us to death when he busted the side of his face on a milk crate and bled all over us before we got him to the hospital. He sported one heck of a shiner for a week, but it's healing up great and as you can see from the pic he wasn't too worried about it. Anyways, with all that going it's no wonder that everytime I cast on something was wrong. Wrong stitch count, twisted join, dropped stitch ten rows down in a lace pattern, something, anything until finally it was tossed aside in frustration. The stress was getting to me and ruining my ability to concentrate on the task at hand. BUT, finally I was able to cast on and decided to just go with it and let the knitting do what it wanted and now I'm halfway done with the skirt portion of the dress. You just get to a point where you have to laugh and I'm there. I would post a picture, but the camera is still missing. I will get a pic later thanks to the built in camera on my laptop (but that requires holding my computer in the air over my knitting and at this time of night I'm just not for it). Just wanted to post an update to say that I'm still in, I've just had a couple of setbacks. More to come soon......knitting and creativity....not setbacks.....I hope :-)

8 comments:

Romelda said...

oh my gosh do you need a hug .. sounds like so of our past duty stations. You have a good attitude and some great yarn. I have a hat almost done in the Cotton Classic and I love knitting it better than any other yarn I tried. I love the way it slips through the needles and my hands. Can't wait for the picture!

Liz K. said...

Wow! I'm exhausted just reading this post! I'm impressed that in all the chaos, you are making room to create. Hang in there!

Sorka said...

Ooooh hang in there!!!Keep on knitting even if you have to frog it's still good stress relief!!!
Denise
knitchat.com

Dawn said...

I'm sending out a hug your way! My gosh, I cried for you, too. No need to push for the create-along. I'm working on a bag with Cotton Classic and I'm not even half finished. One day at a time.....

Angela said...

Good for you to get any knitting done with all of that going on! Glad to hear from you again.

EDNA HART said...

You are having a heck of a time--I feel your pain. Money is always an issue and I am having things break down as well--my washing machine, my camera and my air conditioner. It always seems to happen in 3s, so I hope that is it for me as well as you...Just keep plugging away-life always gets in the way of knitting...

Ruinwen said...

Hope things get better. Hang in there. *hug*

Julia (MindofWinter) said...

Where are the frogs and locusts, eh? Hang in there girlie - it's always darkest before the dawn...