Yarn Chicken


2016-02-07 12.07.05

I was chatting to a good friend this lunch time about how much time seems to be involved in getting Olann and out there.  Don’t get me wrong I’m not complaining, far from it actually, as I’m really enjoying it.  It does however, seem to eat into my time and for some strange reason I was convinced I’d have more.

We’ve already touched on the things I’m doing to try and establish a better routine and some of it’s definitely working, but no matter how I try, I just can’t get more done.  Perhaps that should be my super power, I wonder who I have to talk to about getting it?

Time or lack of it really isn’t helped by making mistakes whilst your knitting either.  The test knit I mentioned last week was going really well and I was sort of power knitting my way through it, to get on with the baby knits I need (want) to get made.

With each row the stitch count grew and eventually every row was taking around the 20 minute mark to complete.  That’s OK though, I’d manage to remember the pattern and was busy knitting away, checking everything made sense as I went.  As it’s secret knitting I can’t say too much, except that each pattern repeat has 16 rows.  If you make a quick calculation you’ll come to realise that one repeat takes me approximately 5 hours knitting, give or take.

You know what’s coming next, don’t you………

Can you imagine how completely horrified I was to discover I’d messed up at the start of the previous repeat.

Very calmly, I tried my best to fix it, but it wasn’t simply a case of missing the odd yarn over or forgetting to do an ssk.  Nope, I’d completely missed out a whole section of the pattern.  To add insult to injury I only spotted my mistake two rows in to the next repeat.

There was nothing else for it, but to rip back – which took an hour in itself.

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I’d spotted the mistake at 11.30 pm and between the jigs and the reels I ended up going to bed at about 1.30am, except I didn’t go to sleep.  Instead, so angry with myself for messing up, i knitted 8 rows of the pattern just to catch up a bit.  Finally deciding to call it quits at around 3.30am.

Except the project wasn’t finished with me though and whilst working the boarder I began to question whether I would have enough yarn to complete all the rows specified.  Yarn chicken, is nobody’s idea of fun so there was nothing else for it.  The digital weighing scales came out and I calculated that I needed at least 2 grammes of yarn to work the length of the row.

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Six rows to go and I had to give up playing my game of yarn chicken and admit defeat 😦  It is finished though and I love it and think the readers will too.  This was just the test knit, to check the pattern notes though and I’m going to be casting on another this week hopefully, that’s the forever Olann and real one.

I can guarantee now, there are to be no mistakes made this time.

Happy Knitting!

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