Just a place where I can sit and write my thoughts on my newest passion. . . . . knitting. Hopefully, I will better document my progress throughout knitting and get in touch with others as obsessed as I am!

Monday, March 13, 2006

You know what they say about the best laid plans. . . . . .

Well, I was fully intending on having a picture of a complete shapely shawlette to post today. Sigh. This is where the title of this post comes in. . . .

I have been talking at my sit 'n knit group about the importance of life lines. Especially in projects involving many YOs and 'made' stitches. I was using them all along with this project. So, what's the problem you might ask? Well, in my last pattern repeat in the last 'lace' portion of the shawl, I got a unwanted lesson. Here's what I learned.





"I'm almost done." I thought. "I don't need to spend the time to run one last life line through". (you see where this is heading, right?) "I'll be on the garter ridge before the bind off in 3 more rows". Then karma came in to play. BAD karma.

I was all ready to finish this up yesterday. My count was off. WAY off. I tried to unknit a row or two until I could get to a purl row where I could decipher what was a true stitch and not something I was accidentally picking up.

I had to rip back to my LAST life line. AT THE BEGINNING OF THE LAST LACE SECTION. I had to rip back about 5-6 inches worth of knitting before I finally got to a row where the stitches all made sense. SIGH. Sigh again. Sob. Tear falls slowly down the cheek.

Thankfully, there was a new West Wing and Grey's Anatomy last night to make me forget my woes.

I might try to pick it up today. I don't know. But I DID add a life line!


At 5:07 PM , Blogger tara said...

I'm so sorry about your shawl! I'm not knitting a sweater, but thanks for playing!

At 10:00 PM , Blogger Esther said...

I know the feeling exactly! Just when I start to feel like I know a pattern and I'm sure that I can "wing it" I mess up and regret it.
At least these are the kind of slip ups that we learn from!
Thanks for your lovely comment, I have been a very lazy blogger and appreciate the comments :) Can't wait to see the shawl when it is done!

At 10:30 PM , Blogger amylovie said...

That's heartwrenching!


At 11:51 AM , Blogger Sourire11 said...

I'm so sorry! That's so frustrating....

I'm just starting my very first lace shawl... and thanks to this post I will be sure to use lifelines so thank you for sharing your experience!!


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