At ease
Monday September 12th 2011, 11:10 pm
Filed under: Knit

Two hats finished for Vermont flood relief. An attempt at diving into a third: playing with colors, four strands of fingering and lace weight on 3.75mm needles, creating a Monet effect and a very dense fabric like I wanted–till the hands screamed Stop!

Oh. Well. Be that way.

Frustrated, I went looking for something easier to do.

Which is how, four or five months after the fact, an abandoned shawl that had needed a ton of tinking and that I dared not frog, not in that yarn and pattern, finally got rid of its botched edging. And yes, the woman who taught in her lace book how to do lifelines did not run a lifeline and yes, without one I was hosed and I knew it.

But fixing it was a chance to feel like I was still making progress and going forward on something, anything, while involving mostly the hand that wasn’t bothering me, so, that I could do. And now, a tedious hour+ later, it is finished. What a relief.

It was one of those projects where nobody was going to see the goof but me, but that was enough. I knew.

I still need a small, mindless, portable–but comfortable!–project to take to wait for a doctor appointment tomorrow, and that doctor runs notoriously late.  Pardon me, I’ve got to run go cast on.

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Don’t you just hate knowing there’s a mistake, even when it isn’t obvious? I try to ignore it but it quietly calls to me like the beating heart in Edgar Allen Poe’s creepy story. LOL!

Comment by Jody 09.13.11 @ 2:10 am

So, what did you cast on for the waiting room?

Comment by Channon 09.13.11 @ 6:11 am

It’s pride in what you do. I have ripped out those parent contact letters out of the envelopes for errors THREE TIMES NOW.

back to work

Comment by Afton 09.13.11 @ 6:58 am

how about some mittens to go with those hats? I have a few pair knit up

Comment by Bev 09.13.11 @ 8:36 am

Another perfectionist. I do the same thing with two columns for articles in our park magazine.

Comment by Don Meyer 09.13.11 @ 10:28 am

I knit dish cloths, while I wait ,still working on my daughters poncho, going on 4 years, oops.

Comment by kristy phipps 09.13.11 @ 10:51 am

Minor irregularities emphasize the handmade nature of this product.

Haven’t you seen that on stuff from the store?

Also, I’ve been told that cathedrals are always built with at least one “flaw” because only God is perfect. Of course I may be wrong, because I am definitely not God.

Comment by LauraN 09.13.11 @ 11:54 am

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