In my mind I am a perfect knitter. My stitches are evenly formed. My colorwork is loose and even. And my lace is always perfect.
Reality is, however, quite different. While my stitches are usually very evenly formed, the one colorwork piece I did was way too tight (nevermind that it was my first one and I didn’t really know what I was doing, but that is beside the point). My lace, on the other hand, is horrible. I knit along…following the pattern…and I can go for rows and rows and rows with no mistakes. But then one happens and I have little to no idea how to fix it. Currently, the lace panel insert to my shawl needs to be frogged from a mistake I made 3 rows ago. I have a mistake on my Blue Waves shawl and I seriously cannot find it. It’s just one little stitch – but that one little stitch means everything.
So instead of taking a trip into the City yesterday to buy more yarn…I cast on for another lace shawl. I know, I know…I’m setting myself up for failure. Nope – not this time. THIS time I am going to use lifelines. What are lifelines, you may ask? They are these little strings of thread that are “woven” into the fabric that you move along as you knit so that if you do need to rip back, you can rip back to the lifeline and then go from there.
Here is what it looks like after I’ve knit 2 more rows.
I’ve now knit 9 rows above the lifeline and I will pull this one out and insert it into the new row. I am determined to get through this with minimal frogging…and minimal tears. I guess I’m ready to learn something new!
In other news…Latha is back so we are now full staff again – YEY! And I’m going to be getting my house re-wired the week after Thanksgiving – YEY!