Well, that's what I brought but how am I doing?
Here I am at the Coastal Condo after a pretty rough winter emotionally and weather-wise. This was the perfect place to get my life back on track. It seems funny not to constantly worry about Mom being ok or to wait for the 5:45 call every night saying "I just wanted you to know I'm going to stay here tonight" or to see something and think, "I'll have to tell Mom about that." Like the wren nesting in the wreath on our front door. It has been a hoot watching the eggs hatch, the mother sit and even one day both Mama and Papa were feeding them. Dick's brother and sister-in-law from Kansas have been here with us. Of course, any time away from home requires planning and decision making around knitting. This trip was no different.
I brought Marvelous Folly for car knitting and knitting when Donn and Andi were here. It's perfect for both. No referring to a pattern, beautiful colors and just enough technique not to be boring. Ann's By Design is going to be part of the I-75 Yarn Crawl in August and a variation of Marvelous Folly may be a Yarn Crawl Kit.
I brought Fever Dreams to knit because I was frustrated with it and thought I could work past my frustrations in my place of peace when Donn and Andi left. This is one of those Pinterest discoveries. It popped up and I fell in love. I had a hard time finding the exact Fever Dreams I wanted. My new favorite online store Kitterly carried Fever Dreams but just in the small size which which only has three instead of five of the rainbow colors. It seemed wrong not to complete the beautiful color sequence. As a matter of fact, searching for Fever Dreams was how I found Kitterly. My frustration with Fever Dreams was the colors are much more subtle than I anticipated with each color wrapped in a ply of the gray yarn from the main color.
I also brought the yummy FiberStory yarn for my KAL with Linda. Since this is the Year Of The Closer, I brought a scarf to finish but I lost interest in that somewhere between Marietta, Ohio and Sunset Beach. If a project doesn't bring me joy, I immediately drop it from my "To Knit" list. I guess I am still practicing "My Year Of Selfish Knitting." Maybe another time it will ring my bell, but not this week.
Well, that's what I brought but how am I doing?
I was right. Marvelous Folly was perfect for car knitting. I got quite a bit done on the trip down. With Donn and Andi, I could knit and talk in complete harmony. See! I really have quite a bit done.
On Tuesday, Linda and I FaceTimed and did our Long Distance KAL. This is the gorgeous Heaven and Space we're knitting.
We each had our special wine glasses because therapy is a lot of what we do together. It was great. I must admit we do more gabbing and sipping than we do knitting. My plan was to work on Fever Dreams during the day and Heaven and Space in the evening. Since Linda is working I thought that would keep me from knitting way ahead. Well, the best laid plans and all that.
When Donn and Andi left for their two days in Charleston, I got Fever Dreams out to work out my frustrations. Suddenly I was hooked. I found myself not knitting Heaven and Space. I just wanted to knit and knit Fever Dreams. Then I realized I might be able to finish Fever Dreams before we returned to Michigan. That was until TRAGEDY happened. It involved Miss Tess. I was knitting and in the middle of a row. The phone rang and I put Fever Dreams on the couch. All of a sudden Tess decided to do her Zoomies for the day. For those of you who don't know what Zoomies are. . . they involve a lot of racing around, jumping on furniture and repeating that pattern over and over. All of a sudden I realized that attached to Tess's paw was Fever Dreams. As she was racing, she was wrapping the yarn around everything in her path. When we finally caught her (no easy task), the needles which had been stopped in the middle of the middle of the row were separated by about 12 stitches and had raveled back anywhere from 1 to 9 rows. EEK!!!!!!!
Look between the pens. That's the number of stitches and rows that unraveled. Needless to say, I was distraught but how can you get mad at this.
I started trying to decide how I was going to fix this. I decided on using my favorite fixing technique; weaving dropped stitches up from their horrible descent. The positive of this method is not having to take out rows and rows of stitches then reknit them. MOST of the time it saves time. I worked for about 45 minutes and decided it was never going to work. Remember the ply I told you about that was wrapped around the original color? Red wrapped in gray, green wrapped in gray, cream wrapped in gray. What made the Spincycle yarn so unique also made it almost impossible to weave up. On to Plan B which was to FROG (rip it, rip it) back to within 1 row of where I wanted to be then TINK (knit backwards) that one row. It is faster that all TINKING and safer than just FROGGING. Once again the double wrapped stitches were almost impossible to see to put the live stitches back on the needle. Horrifying to say the least! Four hours later I was back where I started and exhausted. Who said knitting isn't exercise?????? But once again. . .
Who can get mad at this?? Everything is fixed and I am on my way. Who said knitting isn't exciting? Who said knitting isn't a mystery to be solved. Certainly not me. I did learn three important lessons from the tragedy. Never stop in the middle of a row, never lay your knitting on the couch and NEVER, NEVER underestimate the power of Zoomies.
This blog is dedicated to Mary Helen Growt my first knitting teacher and the woman who changed my life. The mission of Knitting: A Love Story is to preserve, share and promote the love of knitting.