Daily Life, Knitting, Monday Musings

Did I do that ?…

So I’m trying to use up  more of the ‘stash’ – you know, all the stuff you gather over time because it looks good and you know just what you are going to do with it.  Given time to come up with an idea that is 🙂

Pretty pink wool needs a pretty pattern to show it off and Catherine has loads of pretty patterns.  She also has loads of plain simple easy to knit patterns.  It’s usually easy to take one of the plain simple ones and with a bit of time and multiplication meld the two together

One back knit, one front knit and one sleeve – which for some reason I decide to sew together -my reasoning being it will enable me to get a better idea of the sizing because when you are playing around some times what the book says, what you actually do and then what actually happens can be very different things.

With several things on the go at one time I chose to work on something else over the weekend and come back to the pretty pink baby cardigan this morning.  Just one  problem, I did a bit of a clear up and the whereabouts of the piece of paper with all my calculations on is nowhere to be found

Note I said piece of paper and not the exercise book I usually use for this sort of thing.

It is not the easiest thing in the world to count stitches on lacy patterns especially when they are joined together so after much cursing and swearing  muttering, out cames the fine scissors and I set to work to take the pieces apart.

Patience is a virtue – one I obviously don’t have – especially when it comes to locating the wool used to sew seams together; made worse by the fact some seams joined pieces with holes near the edge.

Result – yes you guessed correctly.  Catherine ‘snipped/cut’ the wrong strand and had holes where there weren’t supposed to be holes.

Now to count cast ons,  rework the pretty pattern of one front, then get on and knit the other front and sleeve.  Oh and write my ‘workings out’ in my notebook – and perhaps next time (if there is a next time) add another stitch to each end to provide a wider selvedge.

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I’m thinking that to save me all this hassle from now on I’m going to jot those figures and thoughts down in my iPad notes as well as my handwritten notebook.

What do you think?  Double or nothing sound like the way to go?

12 thoughts on “Did I do that ?…”

  1. Oh my. Nope I don’t have the patience. Id of chucked it out way before this stage. Especially after snipping the wrong bits
    Good on you.

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  2. I’ve always admired people who knit. I completed one square (I remember it was orange and brown) for an afghan once when I was in grade four. I must have hated it, because I never attempted it again!

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  3. Arghus I feel your pain! 8’ve 3/4 of a lacy cardi knit and I cannot find the notebook I started the notes on. I’ve studied the pattern and cannot find where I’m up to so it’s still in the bag unfinished!

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  4. It’s always a good idea to have back up copies, especially if you knit a lot.
    I never knitted much, usually I’d finish a baby piece when the child it was meant for was beginning school…anyway, whenever I stopped for the day, I’d write where I was up to in the pattern and pin it to the piece before putting it away.

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  5. I know how you feel. I have put doctors’ appointments on pieces of paper and somehow they get thrown out. Good idea to have a notebook handy.

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  6. I’m one of those that likes the challenge, but taking apart seams that are sewn with the same color yarn is a real test of patience! Such a sweet pattern. I enjoy seeing your work.

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