Knitting can be so fickle. One minute you’re happily knitting away, then the next minute you realize the project has become a bitch to do. Such is the case with my Swallowtail Shawl. I was so happy knitting the budding lace pattern, 14 repeats, no problem.
Then I entered the danger zone of the ‘nupps‘ — a demonic stitch that has you purling 5 stitches together, 2 of which are yarn-overs and love to get all tight and snarly. Knitting should not be a chore to get through; life is short and I just don’t want to feel anxious about it. And frankly, I was getting very testy over it.
I knit and reknit and frogged and tried it again and ripped it out so many times, I’m surprised the yarn hasn’t rebelled on me and snapped apart in protest. Fortunately, I did put in a life-line at the end of the budding lace pattern so I had a safe haven to come back to each time.
So we’re having a bit of a time out. I’ve been using regular addi-turbo’s, size 4 u.s., and they just aren’t very sharp. Finding the addi lace needles is almost impossible here in Vancouver, so I ordered from Knitpicks a set of their needles, which I understand are pretty sharp and maybe have a chance in hell of accomplishing what the pattern calls for. The Swallowtail is awaiting Canada Post.
So meanwhile, I’ve been working on socks.
I was under the false impression that knitting socks was a no-brainer for me. I’ve made countless pairs, all pretty successfully. I was anxious to finish up my garter rib socks in this fabulous orange/purple merino tencel yarn. I wanted that finished, accomplished feeling.
So the socks were completed, I rushed to take their pictures, post them on my flickr site and as I’m sitting at my computer looking at the picture on the screen, I notice something odd.
……those heels looks different. Stupid me, I forgot that I was doing the garter rib down the heel (a feature I loved when I did it)
and instead did my old standard slip stitch heel on the second sock.
So damn! What do I do? I’ve sewn in the ends. I’ve in my mind ‘finished’ the socks. Do I want to take it out, redo the heel and reknit that all over again? I know, bleah!
I think this may be a good day to just clean the bathrooms and avoid the pointy sticks all together.