while the progress of the crocuses opening has not been impeded by the gale-force winds and driving rain we had yesterday, other projects have suffered some setbacks.
see that? it looks just the same as yesterday, right? that’s because it pretty much IS the same as yesterday, only reborn a little. there is actually no excuse for what happened—none at all.
i sat down to knit last night while i chatted on the phone with my mom, intending to do the project bonding i talked about yesterday and get loads of knitting accomplished—i was all set to add inches and inches of fabric, maybe even a foot if i was really focused.
after a few rows i realized what i had known all along since i first cast on and was effectively blocking out: the wrap was quite a bit wider than i’d planned for the intended size i was knitting (petite). way too big.
normally i would have shrugged and made it the tall size and carried on but i checked out my yarn supply and saw that if i did that, i’d basically end up with something that was very wide and only just barely overlapped in front. not exactly the comfort wrap i envisioned.
to make matters worse? i realized also that i had figured all the numbers right after all (it was scrawled on my note sheet in black and white), but blithely cast on for the wrong size anyway.
(furthermore, i proceeded to write the numbers into the pattern wrong, so good thing i caught that. heh.)
sigh. really it’s not a big deal; i was only about 5 inches into it and i managed to rip back and knit back to the same length i was before in a short amount of time. what concerns me more is how i just lost my mind completely when getting started—i seriously can’t remember any details about choosing what number to cast on and why i didn’t follow my notes. must’ve been on total autopilot. or—heh—chatting with my mom . . .
that could explain it.
and that’s why we have sock knitting, right? to soothe away what ails us and ensure that we go to bed at night feeling like we actually accomplished something?
also good for soothing the brain and upping the accomplishment quotient—blocking.
even when it’s not my knitting (you know how i love my blocking).
i honestly hardly recognize the yarn, now that it’s knitted up (more autopilot??). i remember the skein as being purple, but clearly it is not just purple. or even predominantly purple.
actually, who cares what color it is—it’s gorgeous, right? i blocked this one wider and shorter than i blocked my own, because i wish i had blocked my own this way.
did i mention that kim has a listing in her shop now so anyone can pre-order a kit for the shawl?
i think we’re getting very close to the release date—rachel is in a place where she can go forward with proofreading; we should have a finished pattern in a couple of days.
and nan finished her shawl in kim’s oakmoss colorway—you really should go over to nan’s blog to see it (i’ll wait). is that not beautiful? BTW, for the petite people in the audience, nan is tiny and she knit up the petite size, which seems to be fitting her very well.
so now that we’re all whipped up into a maplewing frenzy again, i need to go see about that wrap and getting some real work accomplished on it.