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!