Ever have one of those weeks? Yugi, I know you have!
So, I have three "active" projects right now. 1. A Noro Stiped scarf ala Brooklyn Tweed. (Great for working while on public transportation or in waiting rooms when I might get inturrputed) 2. A Fabulous Retro cardigan that's ready for assembly; and 3. The "Cable Guy" sweather from Son of Stich 'n' Bitch. Knit in the round, I'm just at 6-7 rows in. Here's what's happened:
Sunday: lightly block all the pieces of the cardigan and sit down with my tutors/friends. I re-learn the three needle bind off and (voila!) the front are attached to the back! Miracle. I then learn how to pick up stiches evenly along the collar and setup for the ribbing so it will now be splayed out or bunched. A feat of knitting learning not to be believed! I'm on cloud nine. I go to rehearsal and then home to bed--dreaming of crisp autum nights in my stylish black cardi. Monday: I knit the first two rows of K2 P2 ribbing for the collar and then realize, whoops! It's supposed to be K1P1 ribbing! Oh, explitive! (BREATHE: ever onward) practice frogging (as if i need to practice that!). By then it's it's too dim on the restaurant patio to pick up black stitches throught black fabric, so I reach for the the "Cable Guy" sweater. I knit contentedly for a few rounds, right up until it's time to grab that cable needle. I stop to take a bite of my friend Kelly's dessert (Toffee pudding--I LOVE burnt sugar!) and I look carefully at my beautifully even stitching. I look really carefully and realize (wait for it!......) it's twisted. M-F-ing TWISTED!!!! More practice frogging. Go home to bed and dream of freezing to death this winter. Tuesday: (See how persistant I am?) Another round of picking up stitches later, and I'm all set to go. I hold up the piece to get started and look at the waistband (which is supposed to MATCH the collar) and what do I see? Apparently I knitted the back with a k1p1 rib (as is caled for) and the fronts with a k2p2 rib! I will confess that at this point I had to very deliberately fold and place the sweater in my bag rather than hurl it across Starbucks. (I did double check and the sleeves are k1p1, so I'm okay there).
I spent the rest of the evening working on the scarf. Back and forth, back and forth. Nothing more challengeing that alternating colors. Soothing color changes in Noro Silk garden..... very Zen. Totally needed, but NOT what I wanted to be working on.
So, NOW I "get" (read F**king HAVE to) learn kitchener stitch so I can remove the wrong waistband, kint the proper one and graft the parts together before I can do the rest of the assembly and finish work. I also "get" to practice casting on 280 stitches again AND triple checking that they aren't twsited before I join in the round for the "Cable Guy".
I'm thrilled. You can tell, can't you? ... ... I thought you could. *sigh*