Rubber baby needle bumpers
Friday May 15th 2009, 10:27 pm
Filed under: "Wrapped in Comfort",Knit

imgp7632The answer to last night’s dilemma was obvious, once I thought of it: rubber needle tips.  Used’em today at the doctor’s office to keep from dropping stitches mid-row when they called my name. Worked like a charm.

The knitting itself, however, not so much: I had a whole lot more done than this earlier in the day. But there is one row in my Monterey pattern that starts with a yarnover, and I decided to knit in the front and back of the first stitch instead. (Note that I could have done an M1 after the first stitch instead if I wanted to substitute.)  And I went merrily on my way.

That back-and-forthing in the one stitch created a knot-like effect in the silk, much more so than it would have in a different yarn. I didn’t like it. I kept knitting. It bugged me. I finally sat myself down and went, look: if you don’t like it now, you’re really not going to like it when you’ve added 20+ hours onto this.  It will have this one tiny spot that you’ll feel like apologizing to the recipient over when it’s going to be a perfectly gorgeous project and they’ll never notice it. Still.  What if it felt uncomfortable on their neck just in that one tiny spot.  It’s much easier to change it now.

Which is how the afternoon’s work got frogged.

Which means it will be all the better when it’s finished. (And yes, I did the M1 this time. I’ll be keeping an eye on it as the rows add up again.)

Correction to the above: I didn’t twist the bar I picked up, as I think about it, so no technically it wasn’t an M1, it was more like picking up a phantom dropped yo: just a plain pick up the bar between stitches and knit it.

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It’s good to know alternatives. Thanks for posting about them.

Comment by Barbara-Kay 05.16.09 @ 4:29 am

Don’t you hate frustrating beginnings? But you did the right thing to restart it now, not after it gnawed at you for a week. I wish you smooth (and silky!) knitting from here on.

Comment by Madeline 05.16.09 @ 5:51 am

I know it is not nice to laugh at your misfortune but you would forgive a little smile, right? 😎

Comment by sherry in idaho 05.16.09 @ 8:18 am

Well, every discipline has its problems, as well as its own language. Mine isn’t in knitting, though. I’m trying to get three separate panels of a greeting card assembled in JPEG to fit on a sheet of 8.5 x 11 to email, and it is not going well. I have an alternative idea, if the recipient is agreeable, in which case, Alison, I’ll need your help.

Comment by Don Meyer 05.16.09 @ 11:23 am

Darn! Forgot the joke!

One day my husband decided to wash his sweat-shirt. Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to me, ‘What setting do I use on the washing machine?’

‘It depends,’ I replied. ‘What does it say on your shirt?’

He yelled back, ‘OHIO STATE!

Comment by Don Meyer 05.16.09 @ 11:25 am

Oh, yes, silk… want to be happy with the end result. The colorway is beautiful.

Comment by Joansie 05.16.09 @ 11:26 am

I don’t like to start a row with a YO either. I’ll be curious to hear how you like this pick-up-bar increase with some rows piled on top of it.

Comment by Channon 05.17.09 @ 6:49 am

Boy do I understand :-}
I’m not at ALL like that when cooking, but knitting, I frog whenever something bugs me three times (kind a my own rule)

Comment by Diana Troldahl 05.17.09 @ 1:34 pm

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