Thursday, 1 May 2014

You're Lucky I Love You, or, Why Crocheting Mittens Can be a Letdown

For Christmas, I made Jenna a winter headband and I promised her matching mittens.  I took this notion that it'd be a good idea to try this mitten pattern that I had never done before.  Next thing I know, it's May and I only have one mitten done.

The problem with mittens is that you have to make two of them.  When you finish crocheting something, you have this great sense of accomplishment.  However, mittens are a killjoy because as soon as the feeling of accomplishment hits you, you realize that you're only 50% done.

Knitters and crocheters may know this feeling by the name SSS or Second Sock Syndrome.  This feeling happens while crocheting anything that you need two of: socks, mittens, gloves, both sides of a throw pillow, sleeves, body parts of stuffed animals...

My problem extends even farther.  I am suffering from TSS.  Third Sock Syndrome.  This is the second time I've made this mitten because I had to rip it all out.  It was too big the first time.  This is why I should always do a gauge swatch.  As a result, I had to get through my Post-Frogging Depression.  (Frogging is legitimately the proper term for ripping out crocheting, because you rrrip it, rrrip it!  Get it?)

Don't worry Jenna, your second mitten will get done.  I promised you mittens and I WILL deliver.  Just... don't be surprised if they end up being your Christmas present this year.


  1. As they always say; "Better late then never!" You could also look at it as the gift that keeps on giving. A multi-year present. :) Always look on the bright side.

  2. Keep on going, and never give up! I had the same feeling when I made my boyfriend a blanket for the holidays, but it ended up being a gift for Valentine's day. I had to frog some rows a couple of times, but I assure you that feeling you get when you absolutely finish a project is AMAZING!

    Here's a Japanese clam fisherman giving a motivational speech:

    1. Thanks Kris! It's great to know that I have people like you and this Japanese fisherman who believe in me. I'll post more pictures when the second mitten is done. Good luck on your future crochet projects. :)