DFS is still awaiting her time while she sits in the corner. Will loneliness help her to behave or will she just become bitter. Sadly, she is not the only knit giving me fits.
- Estonian Mittens ~ finished, second pair started. The goddess smiles on Warm (and happy) Hands .
- Grrlfriend Gloves*~ Just two fingers shy of the finish. Again the goddess is smiling for Peaceful Palms.
- Brier ~ Body finished, two half sleeves finished, second part of sleeve started, frogged, and now in the reknit stage. The goddess frowned due to my lack of attention.
Before starting to knit a project from a book, it is usual for me to make copies. Copies are more portable than any book, they can be marked up without worry and enlarged, if need be. However, this practice has let me down twice in the last few months.
First, the shaded purl stitches didn’t show up on the copy of Birch Leaf Socks. The socks turned out OK but, did not look like the pattern. This time it is the size of the Rowan book which made it hard to copy. The bottom of the page was cut off, as well as the left side. This led to a mistake in decreases on the back (fudged and left as they were) and, the biggest problem, lack of increases on the second half sleeve. (The sleeves are knit in two pieces with a seam down the back, just as the back of the sweater has a seam.)
There is a lesson in all of this that I have yet to learn. Check the copies BEFORE beginning to knit, make corrections to charts (as in shaded stitches) and mark any section of the pattern WELL if it has been cut off and printed on a second page. Because I used a light yellow marker to make an arrow, which should have told me that the instructions continued on the next page, it was too light to be noticed. The sleeve was knit to the armscye without increases. 20 inches!! Two days work! The yarn winder made the frogging quick and less painful.
The knitting had gone so well, in the beginning, and it looked like Brier would be finished, washed, seamed this week, and ready for a photo shoot on the weekend. Ah, the best laid plans…hubris?
The gloves, (thank goddess), continue apace.
Enjoy your weekend!!
*Norma, I thought about calling them Sisterhood Gloves (after the movie "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"), but 'sister' has a different connotation in these parts. Mormon's call each other 'Sister' and 'Brother' and Polygamists wives call each other "Sister-Wives". 'Sister', in reference to people, other than siblings, gives me the willies.