Friday, May 11, 2012

two steps forward ...


... and one step back. My wrapped pullover was a lot further along last night before I went to bed. After completing the usual steps of binding off stitches at the beginning of each row, and after working even in pattern for a few more inches I was instructed to work a decrease row:

     K2, P1, P2tog ...

That's odd, I thought, my row starts with a single knit stitch, not two. To keep the rib pattern consistent I decided to  K1, P1, P2tog... and with the decrease row completed I worked even in pattern for another few inches. No problem, I thought.

At 2:30am I awoke with a start. HEY, my decrease row ought to have started with a K2. Mine didn't because I'd bound off a stitch at the beginning of each row once more than required. Aaagh. And wouldn't the entire armhole edge look nicer with a K2 column at each edge? Of course it would.

From 2:30 to 4am I lay awake thinking about ripping back to fix it. Okay, I was also thinking maybe May 19th was a good day to go to the garden centre.... and did we have anything in the fridge I could take to work for lunch tomorrow? ... and what should I pack in my overnight bag for dog-sitting tomorrow? ,,, and could I fudge the front to match the back? ... and what should I get my sister for her birthday in three weeks time? ... and if my table is delayed, maybe I should call the retailer and make arrangements for my sister's table to ship ahead of mine? ... and why can't I sleep. And for a lot of that time I was thinking if I'm not going to sleep anyway, maybe I should just get up and fix the d@mn knitting so that I can stop thinking about it and then I finally fell asleep.

This morning I ripped back and got all the stitches back on the needle. You're not surprised, are you?

12 comments:

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

Oh, sorry for the sleepless night and the ripping out, but it is probably better that it was caught sooner than later.

Pumpkin said...

That picture makes me cringe a little bit (understandable right?), but at least you should be able to fix the problem fairly easily now. Good luck!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Uhoh!

Sometimes ripping is best - no point in doing all that work and having that one little part driving you nuts so much you don't wear it!

Kepanie said...

I'd do that too.

WildflowerWool said...

Oh no, too bad you had to pull it out but you will be happier in the end :)

Dee said...

Oh my gosh ... that's like MY head at night. Think, think, think ---- can't fall asleep 'cause I'm THINKING!

Sorry you had to rip back, but I think you WILL be happier with those two stitch edges.

Andria said...

Oh my goodness that sounds familiar! I'm glad you ripped it back, so that you will be happy with the end product. I hope that tonight you can sleep better too, I hate when I can't sleep!

Jen in CT said...

Knitters are so funny.

Nicky said...

Awww man!!!!! Sorry you had to frog so much but I'm sure the pullover will be magnificent when you're done.

Carolina22 said...

Great photo and I feel your pain! I decided to rip back the last several inches of my blue sweater (it has a sewn hem making it even more painful) because I increased back out too quickly after the waist shaping and it looks odd. This is in addition to having to redo the entire collar...

Hopefully it will be smooth sailing from here on out for the both of us :)

Sandy said...

LOL....oh my, I'm impressed you were actually able to get back to sleep with all that on your mind. Surprised at your un-knitting...no. Gorgeous blue you're using. Anxious to see it as it progresses.

heather said...

You've got to do it sometimes and I know you'll be happier with the end result, but man, do I hate ripping back!!! Love your late-night thoughts though...somehow very similar to when I can't sleep! :-)