What an amazing response to Monday’s giveaway – thank you so much everyone who’s left me a comment, and there are some great plans for that lovely yarn and fabric. It’s going to take me a long time to write down all the names so that I can draw them out of the hat! The giveaway is open til Friday, so do keep the entries coming – you can enter one, two or all three of the draws, although I have to say, you’ve got the best chance for the jewellery roll at the moment. That yarn is everyone’s favourite!
Speaking of yarn, I’m having fun and games in this week’s WIP Wednesday:
This is a Damson shawl that used to be 5 rows longer than it currently is. I’d got my stitch count hopelessly out for the edging, and it just wasn’t going to work, and I knew I needed to take it back. That was 6 weeks ago.
4 weeks ago, I took it to my lovely knitting group, who all made sympathetic noises and explained how to undo the knitting.
Last week, I decided that if I wasn’t going to have the guts to rip it out alone, I’d better take it along on Tuesday again and get someone to hold my hand while I undid all my hard work.
Under supervision, I threaded a lifeline, then began the unpleasant business of pulling out my stitches.
It hurt, I can tell you, but no actual tears were shed. Close run thing, though.
Then last night, I started putting all my stitches back onto the needle. Which was when I discovered that my lifelining hadn’t been as thorough as it might have been.
Yup, that stitch is well and truly dropped. Being a fairly inexperienced knitter, my approach to mistakes so far has been to waive them pathetically at Sadie so that she’ll take pity on me and put them right. But there’s no Sadie here today, and I want to get on with this shawl. So I took a deep breath, got out my craft wrap, and set to work.
Then I discovered that this whole ‘pick up stitch’ lark isn’t as easy as it sounds, and I’d not dropped one stitch, but two.
Hmmm…almost, but not quite. This is going to need more work, but probably not tonight as I don’t think my brain is up to it. About 3 minutes after taking that last picture, I was walking back to the office with my mind on my knitting rather than where I was going, and I walked straight into an iron girder (it holds up one of our exterior staircases).
I’m fine, I think, but it’s probably not the evening for learning a new knitting technique! So come on people, make me feel better and tell me about your worst ‘has to be ripped out’ project. I can’t be the only one to have this happen!
To see if others are making better progress this week, head over to Tami’s by clicking here or the picture below.