Okay, I LOVE the holidays. Love them. People are nicer. Food tastes better. The weather is cold and brooding…which is a good thing. It is just a fun time of year. Making a cup of hot chocolate feels like an event. My house is not decorated yet�??that is a this weekend thing�??but I am getting it all ready and am excited for how everything will look. A few days ago I did get quite the surprise though, in front of my house is kind of old-fashioned light post. Whoever is in charge of my neighborhood wrapped lights up the base of the post. I am obsessed…it is so magical. I know it is a little thing but looking at it through my window is mesmerizing. I feel like I am living in who-ville or something. I love it.
Once I get the house all decorated I will post pictures. Spread a little holiday spirit around right?
In knitting news, I finally finished the sleeves of Paula and am in the middle of the blocking process. I am working on the collar (the final piece before seeming) right now. For it, I had to cast on 282 stitches. You heard me. 282. Yuck. I hate casting on because you have to count the stitches like 5 times to make sure you have the correct number and can I tell you how many times I had to count 282 stitches? Many many times. I tried to get my sister to count and double check it for me but she refused. I didn’t remind her of all the times I have helped her when she threw her cast on needle to me in frustration…no, she should have remembered that on her own.
After my seventh time counting, I am confident I have the right number of stitches and I begin knitting the first row. It took forever, as you can imagine, and when I made it to the end�??instead of ending with p2�??I ended with k2. Meaning, I had 1. counted wrong or 2. gone off the ribbing pattern at some point in the row. Either prospect (starting over or un-knitting) was not welcome. It was then I threw down my knitting in exasperation. Later I looked closely at it and realized that I messed up the pattern toward the beginning of the row. So it is time to un-knit. Not something I was willing to do that night. Sometimes I just need distance from my knitting. Time to forgive and heal you know?
Last night I was ready to fix it and I did so hopefully I am on my way to finishing the collar soon. Patience is a virtue, especially in knitting.
The following 3 comments were originally left at blogspirit:
that sucks! When i cast on a lot of sts, I place markers every 20 or 25 sts, and then can count just those groups of 25, instead of going back and countin the entire thing all over.
I’m with Melissa. I’ve just finally begun using lots of markers and it has saved me so much frogging. Really. If you’re ribbing by twos, I’d suggest placing markers after even numbers…like 10). I love the magic of this time of year, and the hustle bustle, the snow, just everything 🙂
Good for you for taking a deep breath and being patient. That comes in handy not just in knitting…