So, um, yeah. No doubt you’ve already guessed I didn’t finish the shawl before Saturday morning’s wedding. In fact, it was more than 95% complete when I had to put it down and get in the shower to get ready for that wedding. “More than 95% complete” means I had 2.5 rows left to knit and then the finishing to do.
I took my knitting with me to the reception and finished one of those rows there.
Wanna see a bad photo of one of the reasons I didn’t finish it in time? Sure you do!
I was knitting one of the 24-stitch pattern repeats when I discovered a mistake, and not one I could figure out how to fix quickly or easily. In fact, I
wasted spent about 30 minutes trying to find the spot where I went wrong, so I could ladder down to the error and fix it. You know, over a couple of stitches and rows. Instead, I got more and more confused.
Finally, almost out of desperation, I dropped (via laddering back) an entire repeat back 5 rows. That put me beyond the point where stitches started twisting, etc., so I was able to take a spare needle and knit the dropped stitches using the unknit strands of yarn, some of which you see above. That process took between 30-45 minutes, but was so much easier to visualize and, therefore, to do than my first fruitless effort. It was tedious, but I was unwilling to frog 5 rows if I could avoid it. After all, it would have take 4 times longer to rip and reknit the entire 5 rows, so from a time-management POV, this was a no-brainer of a decision.
It would be foolish of me (and a lie) to let all of the blame rest on that little misadventure in knitting. The truth is that I was a slacker. I didn’t start knitting each day for a couple of hours after I got up, instead “wasting” time on the interwebs and, you know, having a life. I have no one to blame but myself, really.
And last night, a night I had entirely free of any obligations, I chose not to knit at all. I just … slacked. And it was good.
It was too late to finish the shawl before the wedding and that whole time-machine-inventing thing just hasn’t happened yet, at least not here, so I left the shawl in its project bag and did.not.knit. (Did I mention that it was good?)
A few hours ago, I pulled it out and finished all but the bindoff. I’m about 3/4 through the purl bindoff. Boy, is that tedious! (Short answer: Yes. Longer answer: OMG, yes.) I’m hoping to finish that tonight at work (c’mon, breaks!). If not, I’ll do it in the morning after work. [Updated 10/11/11 at 11:10 a.m. to add: still not finished. I have about 75 more stitches to cast off and must go to bed now, so it will remain unfinished for another day. Work really plays hell on my knitting plans, ya know?]
Then I get to discover the joys of wet-blocking a lace shawl. (Is that sarcasm you detect? Yeppers, it sure is!)
Wish me luck? Thanks.