Yarn Along

Yarn ALong photo 2.17.16

The lollipop is looking more and more like a baby blanket every day, though I am disappointed by the hearts. I ripped these rows out so many times to figure out what I was doing wrong with the top curves of the hearts, and finally I had to conclude that there is an error in the pattern. The tops of the hearts just don’t line up with the bottoms. I’m not going to give up on the blanket, and I’m hoping that when the blanket is off needles and stretched out a bit, the misshapen hearts won’t look so awful. It’s possible they’ll look more like triangles; that would be OK too. But if I find any more errors in this pattern, I’m going to be really frustrated.

I am reading Lauren Groff’s novel The Monsters of Templeton, which annoyed me on the second page when the first-person narrator looks at herself in the mirror and comments on her “once-pretty face.” This line is one of my pet-peeve clichés, especially in the voice of a first-person narrator. Are there really people in the world who look at themselves in the mirror and bemoan their “once-pretty” faces? There probably are, but I don’t want to meet them. After that initial annoyance, though, the book has sucked me in, and I’m enjoying it. I’ll tell you more soon.

Yarn Along is hosted by Ginny on her blog, Small Things.

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13 Responses to Yarn Along

  1. Maria Caswell says:

    Er, when you start seeing all the lines and turkey wattles you do start looking in the mirror and thinking something like that. >_>

    • lfpbe says:

      This protagonist is 28.

    • lfpbe says:

      Also, I don’t necessarily think that saying “something like that” is necessarily the same thing. Saying. “I used to look better than this” or something similar is not the same thing at all. To me, it’s the use if the word “pretty” to describe oneself that makes me cringe.

  2. Donna says:

    I did a baby blanket years ago with hearts and I had to make all kinds of adjustments to make it work. Ugh…. It looks real pretty so far and I’m sure you’ll be able to work it all out.

  3. Heather says:

    It is coming along beautifully! I love that green color.

  4. Alina says:

    Such a beautiful color of yarn you are using! Good luck with the pattern instructions, I hope you won’t have to rip it off!

  5. Jodi says:

    Ha! I read that book a couple of years ago and that line annoyed me, too. I recently read a sample chapter of Groff’s latest book and decided to pass. Not natural whatsoever. The blanket’s looking lovely.

  6. jamie says:

    I think once you block it, the hearts will look good…blocking almost always works things out… 🙂

    • lfpbe says:

      Thanks, that’s good to know. One of my knitting secrets is that I’ve never blocked anything – in 21 years of knitting! I do have another sweater that didn’t come out great and have wanted to try blocking it. Maybe when the blanket is done, I can have a little blocking party and see how it goes. Thanks for the suggestion.

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