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The Solution to Susan

Yesterday I was determined to figure out where I when wrong with Susan! So I asked two of my knitting friends for help. Always good to get multiple views!

 

First, I put a life line in the row below the first armhole bindoffs. All three of us counted twice before agreeing that I had the exact number of stitches called for in the pattern. 

  
I check for the correct number of armhole decreases, and placed another lifeline. More counting by all three of us. Surprise! Two stitches shy of the number required by the pattern. I knew that 2 was the magic number because I had four stitches on the needles when I stopped knitting and I needed six! But where did I lose 2 stitches?? Back to the pattern. Reading it aloud to my friends, I found this line: next row (RS)

  
I had completely skipped over the M1k direction and went immediately to continue “until armhole measures” 7.5 inches. That error was confirmed when I checked my notes:

 

Frog!

  
Now to reknit the last three inches – again! But first, M1k, twice!

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#1 Rule in Knitting

It seems there are some rules in life that you just keep relearning. The same is true in knitting. I think the #1 Rule in Knitting should be ¬†“LOOK AT YOUR WORK — OFTEN!” Sometimes I just get going on a pattern and knit, knit, knit. Like I did today working on my “Imagine When Gradient Shawl.”

I bought this kit about a year ago from Tolt Yarn and Wool at “Pitch and Stitch” with the Mariners. It included four skeins of Yoth Yarn in gradient shades of blue and the “Imagine When” pattern by Joji Locatelli. The original pattern was done in one color, but Veronika Jobe of Yoth Yarns included her notes for doing a gradient version in the kit. The sample they were showing was to die for!

Yoth Yarns in Blue Gradient
Yoth Yarns in Blue Gradient

In my last post I wrote about how I misread the directions by not reading closely, but after that I was off to a great start!

Shawl Detail
Shawl Details

The bottom edge of the shawl has a picot edge and the top edge is straight. Here is a photo of the photo on the back of the pattern, “Imagine When…” by Joji Locatelli. The lines are beautiful!

Imagine When... by Joji Locatelli
Imagine When…
by Joji Locatelli

I worked sections 1, 2 and 3 with no problem. Then I changed to the second lightest shade of blue for section 4 with no problem. When I started section 5 with the darker blue, I was sure that there was a misprint in the pattern and WS / RS were mixed up. I searched on line for any errata, but finding none I just continued on — big mistake! At first it looked sort of OK —

At Start of Section 5 with Third Blue Shade
At Start of Section 5 with Third Blue Shade

If you are beyond the beginner knitter stage you probably see the problem already! But I didn’t see it when I took this photo.

Then with only 12 more short rows left in Section 5, I laid down my knitting to admire it….and then I saw it….

Almost done with Section 5
Almost done with Section 5

Why did the straight edge change to a picot edge? And why isn’t the point of this section tucked beside the point of Section 4?

Full View
Full View

And why is this section inverted? Oh, No………..remember when I thought WS and RS were mixed up in the pattern and just kept on going? It wasn’t the pattern — it was me!

Frogging 62 rows right now just seems unsurmountable. So into time out it goes! I think July 5th may be when it comes out.

The Knitting Lesson

I love spending time with my granddaughters. Finn, a freshman at Cornell University, lives 3000 miles away and I don’t get to see her nearly as often as I did when she was younger. Oh, my, do I miss her! But Gabriella, 7and 3/4 as she says, lives just 20 miles away and I see her often.

This week I spent a day with her and the morning was filled with games, conversation, lunch —

Lunch on the Deck
Lunch on the Deck

and play time in her “tree house” while I knit on the deck.

The Tree House
The Tree House

A play date with her friend highlighted the afternoon. They usually play on their own and I get lots of knitting time, but this day they couldn’t decide what to play and everything seemed to involve me — tag, hide and seek, dodge the Groovy Dolls (variation of dodgeball!). By 3:00 PM I was exhausted! So out of desperation I said, ” Hey, Girls, would you like to do some knitting?” After a resounding “YES!” Gabriella found her knitting box on the top shelf where it has resided since late winter and we set about the task. Her friend, Chelsea, had never knit before so I started her out with a bit of yarn and some needles. Gabriella is working on a knit stitch blanket for her doll and Chelsea decided on a knit stitch dish cloth. They diligently worked on their projects and I spent time coaching and fixing dropped stitches, accidental yarn overs, and wonky-looking errors! We had a great time and I promised another lesson soon! Bring on the Purl!

The Knitting Lesson
The Knitting Lesson

Lesson Learned Over and Over and Over and Over……

Number One in my compendium of Rules for Knitting is now official:

#1.  Stop, Look, and Listen to Your Gut

I finished two washcloths that I intended to give to my nephew and his wife along with a cake of Wool Fat Soap from Churchmouse Yarns and Tea as a thank you for a recent favor. My nephew is an Admiral in the US Navy, so I thought appropriate designs would be a Navy eagle in white and a Navy anchor in blue. I found patterns on Ravelry and decided to use Cascade Yarns Luna for the washcloths.

The Navy Eagle in white knit up quickly with a nice subtle image of the eagle —

Navy Eagle Washcloth
Navy Eagle Washcloth

After several brief looks and a suspicion that RS and WS may be reversed in the Navy Anchor washcloth, but no detailed follow up, this is what I discovered AFTER IT WAS BLOCKED and PINNED!!

Navy Anchor Washcloth
Navy Anchor Washcloth

Do you see it? About 1/3 of the way up it went from stockinette to seed stitch! How the hell did that happen?? And to add insult to injury, it doesn’t even look like a friggin’ anchor!

Off to the yarn shop to buy another skein of blue Luna. Hmmm…. can you frog and reuse cotton yarn AFTER blocking???

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

The Good —

Best Heel and Gusset Ever!
Best Heel and Gusset Ever!
Ready for Michele to check the sleeve length!
Ready for Michele to check the sleeve length!

The Bad —

Space Girl Summer Sweater
Space Girl Summer Sweater

After doing a gauge swatch and changing needle size, I did the math and figured it would be the size I wanted if I knit a size smaller. Well, that was a real MBF! (Math Brain Fart)! After completing the first 35 rows, I realized that with more stitches per cm than the pattern called for I needed to go UP a size, not DOWN. Frogged! I’m getting good at frogging — Jerry could hear the “rippits” from his outdoor studio!

Hummingbird Studio
Hummingbird Studio

The Ugly —

Mystery Shawl Border
Mystery Shawl Border

Looked good — until I was 3/4 of the way across and realized my stitch count was WAY off and no way to correct it except to — you guessed it — FROG IT!

I think I’ll cast on the second sock and call it a good knitting day…..