Surgery

I decided to drop down to the section that needed fixing. This is kind of tricky with lace and cables because the stitches move around, and you can’t just drop down directly above the mistake. What I do is look for an unmoving column of stitches on either side of my woopsie. Because of the way the twisted rib columns come to a point, this is a bit tricky. I followed the last twisted stitch up to the point, which is also where the row of purls ended.

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This means that If I drop it where the two red lines meet I should have the portion I need to fix. Now for the tricky part. There are double decreases forming the point, so if I drop it there it will have all that stuff between the twisted rib columns, I would prefer to drop just what i need to fix my mistake. To deal with this I slipped the two leftmost stitches from the double decrease back onto the left needle. and saved them until I got back to that row. I have to apologize for the lack of pictures, but I didn’t want to jinx myself by getting cocky. I used a second set of needles to knit my way back up. DPN’s or short straights would be ideal for the task.

It looks a little bit wonky still. I have been working on spreading out the loosey goosey stitches that happened as a result of the process, and by the time it is all blocked out it will be hardly noticeable.

I am down to 7 rows to the body of the shawl and I am really starting to feel a bit burnt out.

Grah

I blame this on the fact that my shawl is now so big that I can not properly spread it out and look at the entire thing.

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I wanted to enter this into the garment competition at Rhinebeck. I now need to decide how important that is to me, then come up with a plan of attack.

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Options:
1) Rip it all the way back to that bottom lifeline and re-knit all of that work (43 rows) and make myself sick working all that twisted rib again and be resigned to not finishing it this year.

2) Drop down the section between the ribbed columns and knit it back up, I think after blocking that would look OK.

3) Screw it and just keep knitting. This is what I would normally do, but in a piece this big that has taken up so much of my time I feel that I ought to fix it.

Speaking of fiber festivals….

I went to RI sheep and wool a few weeks ago. Its a tiny little festival, but I found some pretty fiber from Play at Life Fiber Arts, and some fiber wash from a member of my RI SnB who has no website.

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That’s superwash merino on my Two Tails spindle (I’ll talk about that at another time) The crazy bright colorway is loud and proud. I love it, but I think it will have to be Navajo plied to keep it from getting too muddy.

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I’ve also been chugging along on Evenstar. One day I will finish it :)

Rip it good

After spending the past two days tinking and re knitting I’ve decided that the best course of action is to thread a lifeline and rip back down to the start of the first lace repeat. I mean what is the point of being mad at your knitting when it only took a few hours total to get to that point anyway? This time there will be lifelines and stitch markers involved. In the process I ripped the yarn a few times, now I’m going to have to pick the stitches up and start again.

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Happy humpday

I took the plunge and signed up for the beekeeping class. I’m not entirely sure what I”m getting myself into as I’m not even sure where the bees will go. I have 2 spots in our yard picked out, but I’m nervous about annoying the neighbors. I also asked my dad if his club would mind hosting a hive. They have a huge amount of land and are surrounded by state forest.

I’ve been working on Evenstar. 4 rows last night, another 4 today. Something is looking off to me so I stopped where I was. I find it best to sleep on it before doing a rip or major tink back. I’m a slow knitter so going back a few rows is very annoying.

I’m really pretty smart… I swear

I spent about an hour tonight wrestling with a SWATCH because I was reading the k4tog on the chart as k3tog. That’s right an hour of tinking and reknitting on a 33 stitch swatch (that I’ve done once already) because I can’t read a chart.

The good news is my swatch is done and it seems to be the right size. That means I can start my Evenstar mystery shawl tomorrow.