"properly practiced, knitting soothes
and it doesn't
hurt the untroubled spirit either."
Thursday, November 04, 2004
Blogger Ate My Post!
You'd think by now I'd know better, wouldn't you? But nooooooo. I continue to do my posts directly in Blogger. 98% of the time I'm fine, but it always manages to eat the longest ones. Grrrrrrrrrrr.
Anyway, I had written that I only have 3 rows left on my Koigu spiral hat. K (as I like to call the hat) and I have had quite an adventure. He spent a good hour on time out behind the bookcase in the bedroom (where I threw him) after he had to be ripped out the first time. Then I found some mistakes around row 14 or so on the second effort. Yeah, it's for a 9-year-old, so I let it go.
After going on quite happily for 30 rows or so, I found the error manifesting once again. K and I had to have a heart-to-yarn talk at that point. Tough love time. I'm normally someone who likes to do things until they turn out right, but I was able to rationalize going on with a fairly badly flawed hat. How pathetic am I?
Here's how my rationale worked: a) The recipient (my sister) is 9; b) Being 9, there's a good chance she will lose the hat; c) her birthday party is on Saturday, so there's really not time at this point for me to frog the whole thing a second time and start over; d) I will definitely be doing this hat again, so it's okay to screw it up this time.
Seriously, I think that fixing mistakes is actually good for me; it's how I've learned to pick up stitches, and back out of rows. Unfortunately I just don't have the bandwidth right now to fix everything. I've spent hours just seeing if I could figure out how to fix the hat without ripping the whole thing (I can't). So, having said all that, I am going to be all zen about this hat and let it go. And make another one that will be right later. (For me, probably. After Christmas, naturalment.)
Lesson du jour: Pay attention when doing lace patterns. Duh. Like I need to tell anyone that. My entire problem stems from 4 missing stitches. Lost, at some point. I don't know where. And I'm resigned to never possessing that knowledge. I'm counting on the dark yarn not being too closely observed by other knitters, so that I can keep my rep (such as it is) intact.