Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Wind Did It!

What do you do when you have an extra hour to throw away?
a) Knit
b) Eat
c) Watch TV
d) Frog

Today I spent most of the day working on taxes, and then rewarding myself:  Did a little yoga (I said "little") and I knitted.  The wind blew upwards to 50 mph and my eyes are as watery and scratchy as they usually are at this time of year. I didn't go outside. That's what I blame... It was late, and I thought, one more row... and I'll go to bed.  That's when I looked down and there it was.  My teeny tiny stitches on size 2.5 mm needles were ... not quite right.
What is that?  I dropped down a couple of rows, and picked them up again.  Still it looked twisted or something.  Then my eyes cleared just long enough to discover a loop.  A beginner's mistake... I had picked up the knitting in the middle of a row and started off in the wrong direction.  It was at least 3 rows back or 4 depending on which side you were counting.  Humility.  That's what knitting is all about.  There's the little tell-tale loop.
Wasn't I clever to put in a lifeline?  And then not use it?  I could have, but 5 rows I saved by using an hour to pick up a row with another needle.  It wasn't pretty, and now that I'm back to where I can start knitting again, I'm off to bed. (And I'm in the middle of a row.)
I'm afraid to look... Tomorrow I may find that I didn't rip back far enough.
The end product.  :(
This is a shawl that has crossed the Pacific Ocean--twice.   Started last August, and bowed out for many other projects.  Ravelry link.
June or bust for this baby!


  1. ouch!! I can say I've never done that, but I've fixed it for many knitters. Is the moral of the story to put it down at the end of a row?

    I can't wait to see that beauty finished!!

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  4. Oh no!!! I hope it turns out okay - such a lovely pattern.


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