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lucienh
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Posted - 06/22/2006 :  05:10:46 AM  Show Profile Send lucienh a Private Message
Elann's Crest of the Wave. How many times can you frog a project before the magic is gone and the silky yarn begins to look like mohair? Even though I think part of the problem is the way the pattern is written, I have to admit that some of it is my inability to count.
Maybe I'll try again some day. Maybe.

gwtreece
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Posted - 06/22/2006 :  05:53:05 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
Sorry to hear that this was such a pain.

Wanda
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Ditzy Girl
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Posted - 06/22/2006 :  07:35:36 AM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message
Lucie go onto their site and into the chat area tell them the problem you are having and someone will get back to you pretty darn quick. They are very helpful. Ask me how I know?

Zola, Seattle, Wash.

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amosellie
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USA
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Posted - 06/22/2006 :  09:55:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit amosellie's Homepage Send amosellie a Private Message
Don't be too hard on yourself. Your head is just not in that project at the moment. Pick up something else - have a few successes and then come back. You will be amazed how the time and other success stories will put you right where you need to be for this project. Been there!!
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lucienh
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Posted - 06/23/2006 :  11:35:44 AM  Show Profile Send lucienh a Private Message
Thanks for all your support and hints -- I've now started a Crst of the Wave shawl, figuring that if I can get the lace pattern automatic, I can come back (sometime) and try the tank again.
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gulf knitter
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USA
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Posted - 06/23/2006 :  12:24:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit gulf knitter's Homepage Send gulf knitter a Private Message
Before I start a new lace project, I often knit a swatch or two in wash cloth yarn to learn & sometimes memorize the pattern(s). When I am done, I have something to show for my time, and am ready to start. Sarah.
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SerMom
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Posted - 06/30/2006 :  6:54:05 PM  Show Profile Send SerMom a Private Message
My ability to count always disappears when I start a new project, especially lace, so, like Sarah, I swatch first. I cast on enough sts. for a couple of repeats and plug away until I know that I understand what's supposed to happen.

You're definitely not alone in this. I have a couple of entries on my blog detailing my inability to count (lace issues I, II, etc.).

Barbara
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Chemcats
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Posted - 07/01/2006 :  03:46:53 AM  Show Profile Send Chemcats a Private Message
Boy, I am so happy to see that I am not alone in this. I get sooo frustrated. And I also wonder if I am loosing IQ...

Meribeth
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lucienh
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Posted - 07/01/2006 :  05:42:04 AM  Show Profile Send lucienh a Private Message
Just an update -- the pattern eventually got into my fingers, and the shawl is going smoothly. I've followed suggestions from the lace forum about lifelines and markers and they really help. So I don't feel quite so frustrated. Meribeth, I was wondering about loss of IQ points, too; wasn't knitting supposed to help us keep them?
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ozknitter
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Posted - 07/01/2006 :  07:02:02 AM  Show Profile Send ozknitter a Private Message
Hi,

If that was me, luckily your not, it would be into the fire and long forgotten.

Knit in peace and harmony.


Rose in Melboune, Australia.
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KL
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Posted - 07/01/2006 :  07:16:59 AM  Show Profile Send KL a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Chemcats

Boy, I am so happy to see that I am not alone in this. I get sooo frustrated. And I also wonder if I am loosing IQ...

Meribeth



Meribeth- ou are not the only one ![:00]KL
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Calamintha
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Posted - 07/01/2006 :  07:23:20 AM  Show Profile Send Calamintha a Private Message
If it's any consolation, I belong to a lot of lace lists and I've seen several complaints about some of the free patterns from Elann. There are definitely mistakes in some of the patterns.

Also, many of the patterns are not written in a clear, concise manner. They really need to employ someone to rewrite the patterns in a user friendly way. Unfortunately, knitters who want to try lace for the first time often seem attracted to these patterns and then wind up frustrated not realizing that the problem lies with the pattern not with them.

My advice would be to get a pattern from a company with an established reputation in lace like Fiddlesticks or try a book like Folk Shawls.
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