Wednesday, January 03, 2007

because i care (or maybe i'm just anal)

i just realized that the black cardigan i'm wearing is covered in cat hair. nice.

anyway, i made a few boo-boos on shedir. basically, i got really tired the first day i worked on it, and i wanted to finish the repeat i was on before stopping. but i really should've stopped. i wasn't focusing on what i was doing and messed up, and then i tried to fix what i'd messed up several rows back, and that just turned into a huge mess, and there was just no way i could live with it. because this hat needs to be PERFECT.

so last night i took a deep breath and ripped back one pattern repeat. i had to redo repeat #4, and now i am up to row 60 (on the decrease portion) and all is going smoothly again. the ripped portion is a bit fuzzy, but i sense that the cashmere yarn will develop an allover fuzzy halo after a short time. and that is ok. it will just mean that the hat is loved.

the good thing is that i've finally learned to cable without a cable needle. i won't lie--it hurts my hands somewhat to do so, but it's a lot easier to learn to read the pattern and develop a flow while knitting.

so far 2007 is full of hat challenges. i just ordered some telemark to make brooklyn tweed's red light special in blues and greys to make for a friend. now i *really* need to get cracking on the anatolian mittens, because even i'm not insane enough to knit more than one colorwork project at a time.

and now, for some true colorwork envy, allow me to point you to this finished venezia pullover. someday i wish to develop that sort of patience.

3 comments:

  1. I'm doing Venezia and it's SUPER FUN. Harder to watch tv and knit that than most of the other things I've done lately, but soooo satisfying. I wonder if 2007 will be the "colorwork" year?

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  2. Trying to knit lace or any complicated pattern when you're tired is almost always bad. I do it too, complete with the part where I try to fix the mistake and only make things worse. That's why I think everybody needs a simple project for moments when you're too tired to pay attention but have the urge to knit. How much can you mess up a stockinette sweater?

    (famous last words...)

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  3. As I recall - Shedir was NOT a TV watching knit! More a concentrated meditation knit. Can't wait to see it in cashmere!

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