pride goeth before some serious ripping

Well, it’s official.  I’m not actually a genius.

(I know it has taken in until quite late in the day today to make this admission.  But it was really, really hard to come to terms with ).

You see, I always wanted to be a designer when I grew up.  And, silly me, I thought this meant that I could just sit down one day and whip up a lovely designer item right off the needles!

Yes, yes, I know that all the other designers actually sit down with graph paper, pen and pencil, maybe even a sketchbook.  But I have another dire confession to make… I can’t draw.  And … graph paper?  Man, I didn’t skip maths class for nothing all those years!  Why would I, Genius of all Geniuses, need to use graph paper?!)

Well, colour me dorky.

I spent much of yesterday coming up with the ideal, most brilliant lace design of all.  But – it doesn’t work… because I don’t have graph paper.

(At least, that’s what I’m telling myself!)

And, my brain is just not big enough to fit all those little diagrams.

Man o man, do I ever feel humble now.  Icarus (the real almost-god one, not this one:

has nothing on me.)

To top it off, they didn’t bother to tell us that they’d be testing the fire alarm system at the office for half the day today… intermittently!



So, I’m off to hunt down some safety pins to make this Safety Pin Jacket:

And then I’m off to Currys to buy some… you guessed it!… graph paper.

I figure that I might as well do something productive!  Hard to accomplish, when one’s brain looks something like this:

Happy Monday (um, er, I guess).  Hope you’re having a fun one, at any rate!


11 thoughts on “pride goeth before some serious ripping

  1. elizabeth m says:

    I love graph paper!
    But you can always find it online and print your own! Knitters’ graph paper, too, at the right ratio for your knitting stitches.

    Have fun!

  2. clarabelle says:

    Oh dear, I can’t see my computer screen. I was just eating some yoghurt when I saw that ‘enhanced’ photo of you, Kristina, and a fine spray of low-fat organic strawberry gunge issued from my mouth.

    The safety pin jacket looks sooper, but not quite as sooper as the Curve of Pursuit – my dream afghan, which some day will become a reality! Looking forward to the design!

  3. Kristina Brouhaha says:

    Thanks, Elizabeth, for the tip. I now have some in my hot little hands. Hopefully the Graph Paper Muse will come along and provide some further inspiration…

    Clarabelle: I do hope the gunge didn’t get on your keyboard or your latest lovely project.

    Tracy: thanks for the solidarity. Here’s wishing us good math vibes!

  4. Kristina Brouhaha says:

    Amy: math does suck. How ironic that my first job as a $#*($*#)$(@*)#$( lawyer involved, at least three quarters of the time, calculating repayment plans for tenants and trying to decipher ledgers? Really embarrassing when your clients start correction your addition…

    Fleegle: I may well look like a genius, but alas, I lack in that department. Probably because I dislike graph paper.

  5. Kathy Kathy Kathy says:

    Online graph paper is ok in a pinch, but the real stuff with the pale blue lines is better. You can ignore them and it’s like blank paper, or you can use them. I became a graph paper afficionado when I picked up a big stack of it at the science surplus store’s tent sale one year. The 1/4 inch square kind is my favorite. I suppose 1/4 inch is something in metric, but that be too mathy. Eureka! I’ve finally discovered a rhyme (besides Abernathy) for Kathy.

  6. Susie says:

    It’s the day……i am assuming it is Tuesday there but it could be Monday. My day has been totally idiotic. So darls, welcome to the world of nongenius’s (spelling?). Errrrrrrr I think yer can find graph paper for knitting patterns on the internet for free!

  7. Susie says:

    oh and qualifications for knitting lace does not mean you have to draw or do any complicated maths………to my knowledge, anyway, such as it is. So you could still count yourself a genius……….of sorts…………..I’m not letting my genius self down. Ah it’s hard to soar with eagles when ya have to scrabble on the ground with the turkeys!

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