March 03, 2004

KNITTING

When I'm bored at work and I can't take any more gore from LGF, I like to cycle through knitting blogs and find patterns and tips and look at the photos of what everyone else is knitting. My co-worker thinks it's hysterical that I'm constantly ohhing and ahhing at other people's knitting online. But I've never actually written about my own knitting. If Bunker Mulligan gets to write about golf and Charles Johnson gets to write about cycling, then may I be permitted a tangent into handicrafts?

Last night though I faced a knitter's dilemma. I'm making this sweater, and I've finished the back and had about 8 inches done on the front. And then I realized I'd made a mistake at about inch 5. I struggled with my two choices while the sweater sat on the coffeetable for three days: leave it as it was with a mistake in the pattern or try to rip it out to inch 5 and risk not being able to put it back on the needles. Last night I finally decided I had to face the music; since the mistake was on the front and not the back, it would be best to rip it out. I unraveled it back to inch 5 and tried to put everything back on the needles. Unsuccessfully. So I had to rip the whole thing out and start over again. It takes a long time to knit 8 inches of cables, but I think I did the right thing. I feel better knowing that it won't have a mistake, because it bothers me to look at every other project I've done where I've left a little flaw.

Plus it's not like I'm in a hurry. I've got 14 months to kill and lots of projects in mind. Like a sweater for the husband; he's got two so far from me: one that doesn't fit and one that he doesn't really like. He needs another.

MORE TO GROK:

Tim got a little stressed out yesterday about the state of the world, and he asked me how I cope. "Have you ever tried knitting?" I asked him. "Knitting?" he replied. "No...I've tried drinking though...." Ha.

Posted by: Sarah at 04:45 AM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 In a year after you become a blogging superstar, you'll be where Den Beste is now: "Look, I appreciate all the knitting tips you're giving me, but they're trivial and pedantic and I'm obviously leaving out all the details for the benefit of my non-knitting audience, so go away. It's a sweater for MY husband, not yours! DWL!!" Seriously, for us non-knitters, could you post photographs of your work on your blog? It would be neat to see a work in progress.

Posted by: Amritas at March 03, 2004 04:54 AM (xJlnx)

2 Heck, I write about astronomy. I bet more people are interested in knitting, personally I know more people that knit than think about astronomy. It's your blog, write your interests. Sometime I might just post about what is known in our family as 'the gorilla sweater'.

Posted by: Blueshift at March 03, 2004 04:59 AM (crTpS)

3 Blast it all, not to vent here, but my host is down, hosing my comments, as well as keeping me from posting/editing my site. Please take my monkey wrench away from me.

Posted by: Blueshift at March 03, 2004 05:03 AM (crTpS)

4 You do need to post some of your work. I'm impressed. When I think of you knitting, I remember my childhood days when I lived in England. It facinated me how fast those ladies could go without "dropping a stitch", and they did it while talking or watching the telly.

Posted by: Mike at March 03, 2004 10:25 AM (cFRpq)

5 I looked at the sweater pic, it's beautiful. If you hadn't started over on this one you could never have worn that, or seen anybody else wear it, without having a great big boo boo staring you in the face. BTW I am so glad I can get you on bloglines with the new site.

Posted by: Ruth H at March 05, 2004 09:27 PM (CfHqO)

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