Monday, October 01, 2007


Picture it. I was sitting on a friend's front porch, enjoying a light breeze, knitting while Mitzi had a play date with her doggie friend, Marco. I was knitting along on my Swallowtail Shawl, taking mental note that I was finally making progress and that, at the end of the pattern repeat, I should put in place a lifeline, just in case.

Eighteen or so stitches before the end of the row / pattern repeat, my right-hand needle slipped out of the stitches and I lost, at least momentarily, half a dozen or more stitches.

No amount of futzing put things right. I now have at least three rows to tink back. I am bereft.

I put it aside for a day or two. I've got the Luna Moth Shawl back into forward motion again, so I think I'll finish the remaining thirty rows and have done with it before returning to the Swallowtail.

So sad. It was looking so beautiful. What if I can't ever get it right? Why, oh why didn't I put a lifeline in earlier?


Diane said...

The question everyone asks after a knitting disaster: why didn't I put in a lifeline!?!?!

Of course if you did then this would be an awfully short posting.

Ok I'm off to do a little shawl knitting myself .... living life on the edge .... no lifeline. That's just how I roll.

Sherrill said...

I'm simply impressed that you would attempt any socialization at all, I would find it difficult to chew gum and knit lace.
Keep trying though, sooner or later you will make it.

Pearls Mother said...

Congrats on being brave enough to knit a complex lace pattern in public with friends,
I need quiet and solitude!
Adopt the mantra "a lifeline is my friend"
it saves lots of anguish and yes, swear words.

Susan said...

You'll get it right. Hang in there.

Saadia said...

I have to delurk and tell you that you are in good company. Check out these posts on the Yarn Harlot's blog.

and the follow up here: . You have to scroll down to it on that second one.

See? Feel better now? :)