WIP Wednesday: Tidal Wave Shawl Update

This is supposed to be Work In Progress Wednesday, not What Is Progress? Wednesday. Remember this from last week…

Yea, the Tidal Wave Shawl from Moogly.

There has been a setback or two. I just finished turning into balls of yarn while my faithful cat sat on the yarn and batted at the yarn winder. He’s so much help.

I knew better than to start a new project during a fibro flare because of the brain fog, but it seemed simple enough, using only half double crochets. How hard could it be?

Things were going great. I was making real progress on it between naps (I was sleeping upward of 15 hours a day, as I do during a bad fibro flare). The shawl was growing. Yesterday, more than half-way through it I realized I was using the wrong size hook. The pattern calls for a 6 mm and I was using a 4 mm. Okay, so the stitches were going to be a bit smaller. That’s fine. I can live with that rather than take it out. Today, 10 rows from being done, I realize that the shawl was longer than it should be. I mean a lot longer, especially for using a smaller hook.

I went to YouTube and reminded myself how to do a half double crochet.


I had done the entire thing in double crochet.

Wrong size hook and wrong stitch. No wonder it looked odd, and wasn’t laying right. Time to frog the entire thing. UGH! Now I get to start over. I joke that I need an adult during fibro flares. I have gotten lost going to the grocery store before. I don’t know what made me think I could handle something simple like crochet….

Things I learned from this:

  1. Never start a new project while in the middle of a fibro flare. Especially a bad one. The brain doesn’t work right. If it isn’t the brain fog it’s chronic pain messing you up. I know I keep bringing this up, but seriously, just because someone looks well, doesn’t mean they are. Over at Crochet Concupiscence healing through crochet is talked about a lot. I seriously recommend checking out that she has to say about crocheting and illness.
  2. Merino yarn doesn’t like the yarn winder. It stretches just enough that when you pull it off you have a mess.
  3. Always double and triple check your pattern directions.
  4. Gauge and stitch style are important for your projects. You can’t always go changing them willy nilly and expect things to turn out right…or even close to right.

UPDATE: The ¬†pattern is, indeed, double crochets. I have no idea what I was looking at here I seen hdc. I have started over though using the proper hook and the shawl end isn’t rolling up weird anymore so that is good. if I hadn’t misread something or looked at the wrong pattern, or imagines things, I would have ended up with a weird looking shawl…


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