I’ve made a resolution that this semester, to ensure some amount of time off to relax and knit, that I will do no schoolwork on Saturdays. It doesn’t matter how many tests are the next week – I will not care about school on Saturdays. Other campus involvements create a minor loophole to the concept of taking time off on Saturdays; it’s not technically school, right? But Saturdays are somehow mostly a vacation day now. This makes them the perfect time to fix the errors in knitting done throughout the week.
The Alpine Lace Shawl (from Victorian Lace Today) was going along pretty well until this week. I’ve been knitting in class because my classes have so much discussion this semester, and really, I am not going to take notes on what the opinionated jerk sitting two rows behind me is pulling out of his keister. But at some point I managed to bork up and do this:
Near as I can tell, I confused row 7 with row 3 of the chart. This, by itself, is not a bad thing, considering that rows 3 and 7 are identical. However, rows 4 and 8 are not identical. And there was the problem. Unfortunately, I did not notice this mistake until about 18 rows later. Not being one to pull out perfectly innocent stitches, I dropped down the errant stitches and proceeded to make a mess:
Lather, rinse, and repeat for the other side of the shawl. And now it looks right, even if the picture doesn’t:
To prevent this sort of stupidity from happening again, I typed up the chart and put it in the same file as all of my class notes. No more of this “I think I remember what to do next…” silliness… digging around in my backpack for the pattern would have drawn too much attention to the fact that I was knitting in class. As much as I enjoy the irony of knitting through “Psychology of Gender”, I don’t feel like being the topic of class discussion.
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