Saturday, January 14, 2012

Blocked and Ready to Seam


This little project has not been without its more frustrating moments.  First, there was the need to start over... Then, everything went along so smoothly.  Sleeves done and blocked... Check.


Bodice done and blocked... Check.

All looking pretty exciting!   Started on the shawl that matches... going great.  Got down to the last six rows and ran out of yarn!!!  I'm on the search.  Drats!!  And, Double DRATS!  In the meantime, I have found a variegated, blendable color that I am going to finish up the shawl with until HOPEFULLY I can come up with one more skein.  {{grumble, grumble, grumble}}


In the meantime, I signed up to do this mystery knit-a-long with beading by Laura Nelkin.  You get one clue every few days and then are surprised to learn what you are knitting.  Let me just say that this isn't going so well... just opening the beads to take this little photo, I lost probably a half a dozen on the floor... too small for me to see!!  Yikes.  Now, I have  to string 217 of these on the yarn. 

And, did I mention that my swatch (test sample) does NOT look promising... my beads are NOT lining up like the pattern example.  Oh, my... a frustrating series of issues... LOL!  2012 is going to have to shift directions soon.  I'm hoping I am getting my bad run of things over with early and out of the way for smooth sailing! 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  blessings ~ tanna

41 comments:

Pondside said...

You're better than I am! I'd be bagging up the beads for another project - very low tolerance for frustration here!

podso said...

Oh my. Maybe the mystery project will amaze you when you see how it works out. Kind of like life -- as we trudge along, we don't understand the whys of what we are facing, and later it makes sense. But--I feel your frustration, especially the running out of yarn. But you are so clever I could guess you would make that right with something inventive.

Now you just need one of those sharp eyed little men to join you on the floor for the bead search. My kids could always find such things.

Debbie said...

That is one of my very favorite hues. It's a power color for my daughter. When I see her in it, I smile all over. Your work, as usual, is fabulous despite the set backs.

I'm also glad to see that your blog looks normal again. It was looking odd from my end the other day when I got back in town.

Ack, blogger, Ack...

From the Kitchen said...

I'm fairly certain that I could obtain a PhD in nuclear physics before I could learn to knit anything other than a "knit and purl" scarf. I am, however, your loyal groupie!!

Good luck with the beads.

Best,
Bonnie

Swanski said...

Love the beads you chose to go with the yarn :) It's going to look fantastic no matter what the pattern!!

TexWisGirl said...

although i'm not a yarner or beader, i can appreciate the frustration! but i'm laughing!!!

Stephanie V said...

Don't you hate it when the yarn runs out? Forces us to be creative, though. Hope it works out - your work so far is lovely.

So now I know what the KAL that I saw in the ravelry ad is about. Beading is a thing I've never tried - I would probably have them escaping, too.

Amanda said...

Stringing 217 beads on yarn? Uh, no. Didn't you tell me you could modify the amount of beads you use? I might take that up for consideration although it wouldn't make for near the challenge. And you do enjoy conquering a good challenge. ;-) I have no doubt that you will get those beads reigned in. Xoxoxo

Deb said...

The colour of the wool on your top project is my favorite colour. Just gorgeous. Can't wait to see it completed. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

Judy S. said...

What's your pattern for the orange project, Tanna? It's very pretty, but so annoying to run out of yarn so close to the end. Hope your multi works and makes you happy! In doing mystery projects I learned that I am definitely a whole picture person who needs to see what I'm doing. Funny, huh? Can you use the crochet hook method of applying the beads?

Ginny said...

Oh gosh, I hope you cn find the yarn to match!! If not, will you have to unravel the whole thing? The mystery piece would be such fun! Watching it form, and not knowing what it is till the end!

twoknitwit said...

Tanna ~ have you tried the crochet hook method of adding beads as you go? I learned it in a class I took from Sivia Harding and it's easy and fast and you don't have to spend all that time in the beginning stringing them.

I highly recommend it!
Melissa

Donna said...

Tanna, the sweater parts are amazing. Really, your stuff makes me want to learn to knit! You should try using beads when you also have 3 kitty cats. If one drops, the cats are all over it in a flash!

Susan said...

I am afraid, opening that bag of beads would have me pacing the floor for patience. I LOVE the sleeves on your project. Please let us know what you are knitting with those dang beads!!! Susan

Buttercup said...

I like the idea of the mystery project, but know the beads would all be on the floor before I could string them. Hope you have a great weekend!

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert said...

Even though it is frustrating, that mystery project sounds so interesting! How creative. Makes me want to learn to knit. Maybe when I retire? We'll see. I hope all the bumps are out of the road early this year! Sorry but I had to snicker at your nice 'proper' mini-rant. So ladylike!

Chatty Crone said...

Okay - it looks perfect to me - but you know. So I hope the bad luck gets out soon! :) sandie

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

What a yummy color. I'm sure the beads will be beautiful and it will turn out great. Can't wait to see!

Betsy said...

Well, I hope you can fix the sweater issue because the parts you are showing are gorgeous!

Those beads! Oh dear.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Yikes! I would have a hard time with those beads, too. And I don't think I would do well with clues and a mystery project. Heck, even when I know what I am supposed to be doing, it doesn't work out. :) I'm sure the shawl will be great however you finish it up. Your work is always beautiful. Happy Sunday! Tammy

Mary said...

Not to put a negative slant on things, but bad luck usually comes in threes. The good news is you are closer to the end of your streak than its beginning. Your patience is to be commended. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

Kelly said...

Oh my goodness. I know what you mean about those little bitty beads going everywhere. I just clipped some off a lamp shade that weren't hanging properly and they made a mess. Hopefully, things will improve for you next week!

Honey Bend Vintage said...

I think it looks wonderful, so wish I could knit
Bristol

Shug said...

I know it is going to look great...You are too detailed of a person for it not to1 I believe in you girl! Can't wait to see the finished product!! Have a wonderful Sunday afternoon....I love this sunshine that we have..
shug

Cindy said...

Sounds frustrating, I hope it gets better from here on out.
Warm hugs, Cindy

Jen said...

A mystery knit along? I've never heard of that but it sounds fun! Although those beads do look tiny! Can't wait to see your finished project after the seaming!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Oh I do hopeyou fiund the same color yarn! How frustrating that must be to coem so close to the end and then run out.

The mystery project sounds like fun! How about using a sticky paper lint roller to pick up all the beads that dropped on the floor? I can't wait to seethe finished projects!

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Thank you so much for your wonderful notes of condolence. They were very comforting to me and greatly appreciated.

thistlewoodfarm said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful sweet words you left my blog! That sweater is a beautiful color! Hope you find more yarn to finish!

Nancy's Notes said...

How fun to have a mystery project, mine look like that all the time!

no spring chicken said...

Is it bad that I want to say thank you after this post? Your knits are amazing, sharing the struggles makes me think that I too could play like you! ;)

Really, I feel your pain. Good luck finding the yarn you need. And I KNOW that you will figure out the whole bead thing and have something simply stunning to share with us again soon.

Blessings, Debbie

Emily Malloy said...

Oh how lovely!

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna, Sounds like fun with the secret project! I hope you enjoy it. Thank you for the good wishes. I am feeling better. Blessings for a good day my friend, Catherine xo

nanny said...

I predict your beaded project will turn out "perfect"
Can't wait to see it!

Vickie said...

Hi Tanna - thanks for your visit and your prayers for Kristen!!! Sorry I've been so far behind in visiting and blogging. I've been having problems like you commenting. The white page comes up - there's nothing!

I think this project with the beads will be interesting to see what it becomes. I'm glad you didn't lose more beads. I'm afraid if I were to help you look for beads, you'd never find them!

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Julie Harward said...

Tanna, I don't know that much about knitting but I do know that you are an expert! Love the name of your yarn! ;D

steph said...

Knitting sure keeps us on our toes, doesn't it???? (I'm ready to run out of yarn on some socks!! Not meant to be a pun, either!)

Everything you are making though will be quite lovely when you get over the hurdles!!!

Ana said...

Don't fret my friend...I know you will be able to pull everthing off. You always do such amazing work. I can't wait to see the mystery project. Sending you a great big hug.

Blessings,
♥Ana

AudreyO said...

Do you devote a certain amount of time each day/week to your project or projects? Love how it's coming along.

By Nela said...

He descubierto tu blog y me ha encantado. Desde hoy te sigo si lo deseas te invito a conocer mo blog y si es de tu agrado, me gustaría tenerte como seguidora y así poder seguir en contacto. Saludos.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Okay talented woman...I love seeing your wonderful projects, so beautiful and so inspiring...now what do I do with my time?

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