Oh friends – knitting and I have not been getting along lately.
I had that grey blanket with so much forward progress (even after I ripped back a bunch of rows to fix a mis-crossed cable). The day before I left to go to my cousin’s wedding, I got out my tape measure and realized it was too narrow. So, I took it with me on the plane and ripped it all out when I got there. While I was on the plane, I did the math and planning for how many stitches I would need to make it wider and made tidy notes on an index card (I threw several in my carryon just for this purpose). Over the week I was in Minnesota for the wedding I was able to cast on all the the stitches again. I also got all the relatives that were there for the wedding to knit at least one stitch on the blanket. I did the same thing for her brother’s gift last year.
I had started “Favorite Scarf Ever” with some unknown sock yarn before I left. I’m not sure where it came from, the labels are long gone, etc. I was knitting both halves at the same time so that I didn’t end up with second scarf syndrome (??). The centered double decreases were doing me in, though. If I made a mistake and tinked back, I’d end up dropping some part of that and wouldn’t notice and well – it was making me nuts. While I was in Minnesota, I ripped it all out and started again (I’d barely done an inch) and thought I had it well sorted. At knitting group on Saturday I made another mistake and tried to tink back, dropped stitches and gave up on knitting both halves at the same time. I completely ripped out the half with the mistake and am now knitting one half at a time.
This picture might not be the best. The yarn has unusual colors. The lighter stripes are grey and white. The darker stripes are a sort of dark eggplant (with maybe a drop of brown?) and olive green. While I was working on it in MN, my aunt said she loved it. So, it now has a recipient. It’s going to need some blocking when I’m done for sure.
I’m listening to Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. I saw Shopaholic to the Stars in the library and was going to read that, but couldn’t remember if I’d read Mini already, so I downloaded both from the library. Turns out I have read that already, but I’m listening to it again anyway. It’s good mindless listening.
Despite these knitting issues, I still want to keep knitting. I’ve had times when I just needed a break, but currently I’m enjoying the process despite all the steps backwards.
Is your handwork cooperating with you this week?