Subtitled: One scarf and one lesson learned
Last week I shared a scarf I had started for my daughter, Faith. It was a lace pattern, something I am not at all used to doing. I'm not good at following a pattern. Yes, I can count, but there was no pattern in the pattern -- different stitches in each row, each row different from the next. I think eventually I would have gotten it, but I made a mistake I will never make again. Sitting in the car outside my son's drum lesson, I noticed an error in my knitting. There were too many stitches in the row before the one on the needle, and I had left the instructions at home. My thoughtful and wise self said "put it down until you have time to really focus on it." But my impulsive and impetuous self said, "just rip out a few rows until you get to one that looks right." Yeah. Well, guess who won? It was the late-afternoon caffeinated coffee (caffeine = impulsiveness), or maybe hormones. Who knows? But I sat there in the car and pulled the needle right out and started ripping. And can I tell you there was no end in sight? I never got to a row where I thought I could put the needle back in and keep going. All was lost.
Alas, I started over on a new scarf, and I used a simple seed stitch that I could knit quickly and without much attention. Before the scarf I made for my niece at Christmas I had not made a scarf in quite a while. I've now finished scarf number four and I'm tired of knitting scarfs. I have some yarn on its way to work on one final scarf for my niece, a lace scarf (I think this one) in this yarn in Blue Yonder. Rachel is having a tumor in her neck removed in early February and I thought she might like something pretty to wear over her bandage until it heals.
My read this week is Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier. I always enjoy her writing style, her attention to detail, her characters.
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