Those who follow this blog for the knitting content will be happy to know there is knitting content for the first time in a while. I’ve had four hats which were already in progress on the little rolly table I use for the keyboard of the new computer. They’ve been just sitting there mocking me for the better part of two months. Two of them were ready to start the crown decreases.
I grabbed this one, did the crown decreases and finished it. It’s got twisted cables, right twists alternating with left twists, and instead of finishing the others, of course, I started a new hat. 90 stitches on a US9 (5.5 mm). I use the trick of casting on 20 stitches, counting them to make sure there are 20, putting a stitch marker and casting on 20 more stitches, rinse and repeat. That way, I don’t ever have to count higher than 20. 90 stitches is 4 x 20 + 10. Since I’m doing a hat, though, I cast on 4 x 20 + 11. Then you straighten out all your stitches on the needle, slip the first stitch you cast on over to the left needle, place a marker, and knit it together with the last stitch you cast on to join for knitting in the round.
I ended the very first row row with k, k instead of k, p, and knew I messed up somewhere. I back tracked and discovered I had nodded off at the wheel and k, p, k, k, p, k, p, and of course I did it right near the beginning of the row. Zut, alors. I could rip it all out and redo the cast on, or I could fix the previous row — one stitch at a time — as I knit the second row, which is the tedious option I chose.
I am a firm believer in FWF — fixing without frogging. It’s important that a knitter learn how to fix mistakes without throwing up their hands in defeat and frogging the whole shebang back to before the mistake. Learning to fix the mistake you made rows ago will teach you more about the construction of fabric itself, how it goes together — the nuts and bolts, if you will — than you can learn any other way. You haven’t really mastered the “doing” until you’ve mastered the “undoing” and “redoing.” So, I fix the row 1 stitch — change the purl to a knit or the knit to a purl — and then I work it appropriately for row 2, one cotton-picking stitch at a time. . . but I’m back in the saddle again.
Our quote for the day: “Live your life in such a way that if it was a book, Florida would ban it.” That’s as political as I’m going to get in a G-rated blog.
I’m still dealing with the issue of the altered sensation in my finger tips, particularly the middle fingers — things like touch screens, and knitting are problematic. When I knit, I use that middle finger of my left hand as a kind of “gatekeeper.” I bunch the stitches on the left needle up against it so I don’t have to stop so often to move stitches around toward the tip where the knitting happens. I pinch the top of the stitch I’m working against the needle while I’m working it, which makes it easier to work, and letting it go pulls the next stitch forward. It’s a habit pattern — emphasis on the pattern — and if the pattern changes, it takes time and repetitions for that change to be made into muscle memory.
I’ve got something going on every day of the week this week except today. Chiropractic appointments on Tuesday and Thursday. I see my orthopedist on Wednesday, and Friday, the water guy is coming to change the filters on the undersink reverse osmosis unit.
Mom decided she wanted some new clothes, and there’s a catalog she likes to shop from. Like many businesses, they’ve stopped sending out gratuitous catalogs as a way to reduce overhead. They don’t even send one when you buy stuff from them. I bought her some stuff hoping to get a catalog with it, but no soap. I’ve asked them to send me a catalog, but I haven’t gotten it yet. Unfortunately, Mom doesn’t have a way to shop on line.
Now that she’s been able to go to the beauty saloon ever week and get her hair done, she doesn’t like to put tops on over her head because it messes up her hair. She wants blouses that button up. Unfortunately, most of the tops she has are pull on because at the time I got most of them for her, ease of putting them on and taking them off was the main criteria. I’ve bought her three blouses and a couple pair of pants, they came yesterday, and I need to take them over to her to see if they pass muster before I sew clothing labels on them.
The blooms on the orchid really last a long time. They’re still going strong.