Thursday, July 01, 2010

Friends don't let friends...

...knit when they are too tired. Someone should have stopped me.

Yesterday, right after I hit "Publish" on yesterday's short post about my crazy week, I settled into the couch for an evening of knitting and tv. I found Angels & Demons on one of the crappy movie channels, probably Starz, and settled in with my current project, which, without going into too much detail, involves alternating 2 row stripes in basic stockinette with an occasional decrease row. Almost mindless. I happily knit along as I watched Tom Hanks crisscross Rome, and ruminated on the fact that Angels & Demons was really a far superior book to The DaVinci Code, but a less captivating movie.

As the movie was ending and the new pope was announced, I cast off the last row, wove in the ends, threw it into the washing machine for a quick soak, and then pinned it out for blocking. Only then did I notice a huge mistake. I had forgotten to change colors at one point and so there was a glaring error: 4 rows of white where there should be 2 rows of white and 2 rows of green. Such a minor mistake pretty much throws off the entire look of uniform stripes. I thought I could get over it, so I puahed on. But by the time I finished the pinning, I knew that it was going to forever drive me nuts. So I did something I almost never do; I unwove (is that a word?) the ends, and frogged the entire night's work. Out of fear that I would lose my momentum on this nearly complete project, I immediately put it back on the needles and knit a couple of rows before heading to bed -defeated.

So what does it all mean? It means that it will be deja vu all over again at my house tonight except I won't be rewatching Angels & Demons. I'll re-knit the end of the project. And hopefully pin it out for real this time. Finishing this part of the project feels like a bit of a race, because I know what I'm going to knit next and it's going to be adorable.

1 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Knittripps said...

I can relate. I was cruising along on my Dude sweater. After I finished the first back chart I felt pretty good. It wasn't until I showed it to my husband that be pointed out the chart looked like a series of C's instead of a series of Z's. I was happily knitting along and would not have noticed the mistake otherwise. I guess it just happens!

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