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Test of knitter vs. Knitter

Last week when I was in Boston I took with me a plain sock knitting project (stockinette, navy, men’s socks – for my grandfather), but I also brought some yarn and a new pattern to start as a treat. Since I was tired and vaguely stressed for a little while (what with almost losing my wallet, and also having to present and generally Think Thoughts) I went ahead and cast on. It’s a beautiful pattern, contained in Lisa Lloyd’s A Fine Fleece (of which I will soon be posting a glowing review), called ‘Halcyon’. And I’d had this nice turquoise sheepswool stashed and waiting for something with cables, so onwards I went.

The pattern is accurate, the sweater is beautiful. My brain, however, is clearly neither of those things at this particular juncture.

I had to cast on twice to set up the ribbing properly. Then after the ribbing I had to rip back a few rows to re-set the cable panels. Then I mis-crossed 2 cables on one of the small 4-stitch cable columns. (I fixed that on the plane yesterday night, then re-fixed it this morning when I thought it didn’t look right). Then I got to a nice stopping point at the end of the first centre-panel repeat and thought I’d take a nice picture of it for my Ravelry project page and noticed something that was more than just a 4-stitch cable mistake.

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Those 3 cable twists at the top of the pattern repeat in the middle are not supposed to be all neatly matched up like lines in the sand. Rather, as you might be able to see from the wee pic in the book there, they are supposed to be intersecting in a nice interwoven sort of way. I did not have any interweaving. And there was also no freaking way I was pulling back a dozen rows of sweater and re-knitting them unless absolutely necessary. Especially not when I know there are other ways of dealing with this sort of thing.

I isolated the stitches in question, ripped back, and did some surgery.

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It’s much better. The sweater is intact and all cables are go.

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I think I’m going to have a wee drinkie now. And maybe stick to the sock for this evening.

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Oh noes.

I ordered my Blogger Bingo buttons from Cafe Press over 2 weeks ago and they still haven’t gotten here. Frakkity frak, people, I hop a plane on Friday morning!*

Also, I have the ennui. The knitting ennui. I suppose this is understandable, given that I just finished a sweater. But oh, the knitting ennui is not what I want to have going into a Rhinebeck weekend.

But more sad than all of this…It is entirely possible that I have just ruined a perfectly good sweater.

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I washed my Twist cardi in the machine on delicate cycle, as I often do. In the past, this has worked out just fine. The trick on this occasion in particular is that a) it was a different machine than normal, and b) I used a different soap than I normally do.

Why oh why didn’t I wash it by hand? Why oh why didn’t I make the effort to find wherever the hell I put that bottle of Soak wool wash after the move? Why oh why did I use an oh-so-feltable yarn like Elann Highland Wool for this sweater in the first place? ::sob sob::

I’m attempting an aggressive wet-block, but really…this sweater will never be the same again.

The good news is that Bonne Marie has released an updated version of the pattern (with hood and everything), and that this one has indeed given me 2 years of wear, so if I re-knit it again that wouldn’t be the worst thing ever…But still. Ruining a sweater is not so much with the fun.

So in sum of my knitting life, as evidenced by my recent activity: insecure, lethargic, possibly no longer able to make things that fit, and not to be trusted around washing wool garments. I hope Rhinebeck will make me a smarter knitter again. One can only hope, right?

*And if anyone wanted to think good thoughts for me early Friday morning as I attempt to land in Montreal, go through US customs, and transfer me and my luggage to a different plane to NYC in 55 minutes or less, that’d be super super awesome.

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