|This shawl was at the 18th repeat of twelve rows when I noticed a big hole.|
Thursday.... conference on Down Syndrome in Worcester. Two hours of riding shotgun to knit. All day, nearly, to knit during the lectures. I was so excited. I had hoped to finish my Mermaid Boneyard, having it ready for FO Friday. But then, you know what happens if you get the least bit cocky? The knitting gods give you a slap and a pinch and you need to atone for being overconfident.
I sat during the day, with my beautiful knitting in my lap, and I knit away. Eyes focused on Powerpoints and speakers, glancing down only periodically to check my progress. Cuz I can do that now. :P
Well, 18 rows later, rows that were 240+ stitches long, I discovered a mistake. Oh course I said to myself, "Go ahead, you know how to fix this, just ladder back to the problem stitch, fix it and hook the stitches back together as you ladder up again". Not so, not so at all! It was so bad that I asked for help at my LYS during Friday Knit Night.
I did try to fix it, but bowed out deferentially to the EXPERTS. They were able to find my mistake, which was caused by knitting into a split in the yarn. After repairs, there was a huge extra column of empty space left from the yarn in the mistake area. The prognosis was, rip back to that problem row, plain and simple.
Oh. No. Shit. For the rest of the evening I patiently tinked back (for those of you who aren't knitters.... Tink is Knit spelled backwards, which is exactly the operation I was doing, picking apart stitches as I tried to get back to the row of the mistake).
Ok, you heard me when I said these rows had 240+ stitches right? I was making such sloooow tinking progress that today, I was inspired by two experts and their descriptions of their transgressions that I bit the bullet and went All. The. Way. Back.
Now the funny part..... Stephanie Pearl McPhee and Franklin Habit have blogged, publicly to all of us readers, that they too make mistakes and work to repair them. I am proud to be in such illustrious company!
Franklin's blog, the Panopticon is great reading, funny, inspirational, and informative. Here is his WIP and the story. Please read it, I think you will enjoy his humor. And BTW, the sweater is beautiful!
|Newest book by Stephanie Pearl McPhee. Image imported from http://images.ucomics.com/images/amuniversal/press_release/0740769472.png|
Stephanie Pearl McPhee writes The Yarn Harlot. She is a prodigious knitter, designer, teacher, and writer. Lately, she has been traversing the country, doing book talks about Free Range Knitter, her new book. (If you have never read a Yarn Harlot book, you really should give it a go, she writes the things we knitters all think about, but she makes it hilariously funny).
In her blog, Yarn Harlot, she described her challenges with her intended Rhinebeck sweater and the ensuing mishaps, (found at the end of her entry on October 23).
Basically there were two problems, one involved burnt fiber. How did it get burned you ask.?Well it was in the oven of course. Wait, you don't block your sweaters in the oven? You are missing out on that wet dog odor my friend.
The other problem was a mis-crossed cable, that no one would have noticed, but you know how some knitters are, no mistakes will be tolerated. Trust me, if you start reading her posts, you Will Laugh. And yes, she fixed the sweater.
So I have been humbled, I have apologized to the Knitting Gods, and I have found respite in knowing that even the experts are brought to their knees.