It may not be the last time this season that our mountains are covered with white. Tuesday was partly sunny while snow flurries made their way across the valley. It was cool to see snow and sun at the same time. Snowbird, the place where my P-Word socks 'hung ten', had up to 27" of new snow in two days, with a total of over 550" for the season. May it all come down very slowly. By afternoon the skies were clearing, the day was beautiful and held the promise of more clear days ahead. It should be in the 70s today!
Susan so aptly named her Orenburg-style scarf Mountain Stream. Mine has been growing slowly...too slowly, because it seems I must knit 4 rows and frog 2. I now know the vulnerable spots intimately but, it took me
too long awhile to figure them out. The first two stitches of a row can readily slip off the needles as the work is turned. This problem is found at least 4 rows beyond where they were dropped which results in more frogging. This problem occurs so frequently that it finally dawned on me to check the stitches on every row when I turn the scarf. Other errors include adding rows and sticking YOs in the wrong place. A rumor has been going around that I may be crowned the 'Princess of the Frog Pond'. The reason I can't be Queen is I work my way out of the pond, eventually.
Despite frequently flowing into the frog pond, MS continues to grow and show her off her beauty. It is only this (and Susan will think I'm a weinnie) that keeps me goin' with the flow. I had intended to make it longer than the pattern but, Susan, who saw it in progress at Stitch 'n Bitch on Tuesday, thought the length was fine. (Laurie has decided we are really BITCH 'n Stitc, but that's another story). Yesterday morning I frog back a few rows (there was a mistake to fix anyway) and started the top border. The Douceur et Soie has been fabulous in the face of all this frogging and holds the stitches in place so they are easy to pick up.
My limited learning powers have led me to create a few New Rules for my knitting.
First Rule - Never knit anything complicated after 9:00 pm. Keep simple knitting nearby so there is no excuse. Otherwise, continuous frogging will be the only thing accomplished between 9:00 and 10:00 pm (bed time).
Second Rule - No matter what time of day it is do not continue to knit if you're head is bobbing from lack of sleep (note to self...eat more). Mistakes will be made that will not be found until the next row or, more likely, after it is too late to fix easily.
Third Rule - Follow the chart religiously, do not become arrogant or complacent. Mark with a yellow marker the decreases or YOs that are different from row to row or from section to section. Move your sticky note with EVERY row you knit so that it is easy to find where you are in the pattern. Don't assume you will remember. Make sure the sticky note is STILL sticky when you put your knitting away.
Fourth Rule - Remember that under any circumstances, especially stressful moments, that "It is the process". This cannot be over stated.