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Math FAIL January 29, 2009

Filed under: mission completely not accomplished — reichenbachfalls @ 3:39 am

So, flush with the success of my first two hats from Boutique Knits, I thought I’d go crazy and knit a third one, this time with Fair Isle because I was feeling sassy.

I cast on 4 times 19 stitches, which equals 96, right?

[Ed.: This woman cast on half-asleep, while watching Intervention: Meth Mountain, instead of taking a nap during the toddler’s naptime. While watching less sensationalist fare, such as Law & Order: SVU, and while at least two-thirds awake, she is perfectly capable of simple multiplication.]

It was really, really fast! And really small! I pre-gifted it to my noticeably big-headed daughter and told myself it would stretch with time. I finished the ribbing during 3-year-old soccer practice, and was so full of hubris that I documented that for posterity.
I cheerfully started doing the colorwork after kids’ bedtime [Ed.: Still tired!], only to find that it didn’t seem to compute.

I even had the audacity to search for errata online.

Then it just came to me, as if the gods who monitor for knitting hubris had seen the red point that represents me flickering wildly on some computer screen.

4 times 19 is 76. 76 is not 96, nor will it ever be, however much I yell at the tangled pile of frogged hat on the floor.


Commitment March 22, 2008

Filed under: Knitting,mission completely not accomplished,musings — reichenbachfalls @ 8:41 pm

Web of David

Originally uploaded by marcelory

I’m not great at committing when it comes to knitting. (See: my Warm Shawl.) I get all excited by the first glow of casting on, watching the pattern begin to develop, and then I see a new pattern in Interweave or on Knitty, and suddenly my project (i.e. Warm Shawl) is gathering dust and sending me accusing glances across the room while I cast on another scarf.

I’m better at the one-week-stands, the hats and scarves. But this is not a project I can abandon. Besides its staggering expense, it is the symbolic house under which my baby sister will be married. It must be finished.

I’ve been married for nearly nine years, and we’ve been together for more than a third of our lives. It’s hard work. We have two loud, bossy, happy kids, a job and numerous hobbies between us. Sometimes time flies, sometimes we’re getting through it from minute to minute. We have built something magic out of the mundane, making loads of dishes and diaper changes into a net that holds us all together, binding us through blood, vows, and love.

I want this for my sister, too. So I knit a special fabric to cover her and her husband-to-be, as they repeat the same vows we did.

I knit and knit, taking brief breaks to whip up a scarf. And the chuppah grows. I cast off with a crochet hook and some waste yarn just to see how big it was. It’s about 53″ across at the widest point without any real blocking. And all I had to do was to keep knitting.


Warm Shawl Support Group Needed January 9, 2008

Filed under: Knitting,mission completely not accomplished — reichenbachfalls @ 5:36 pm

MIL Shawl

Originally uploaded by marcelory

I am terribly afraid of picking up all the stitches (250+) for my Warm Shawl. I have all the tools I need — Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk, Cro-needle, millions of stitch markers, dogged insanity, rapidly approaching birthday deadline, Trader Joe’s Coastal Chardonnay.

However, instead I have been knitting fun little Malabrigo projects, the latest of which are my “I Hear It Snows on the East Coast” mittens for next week (in Stone Blue).

I’m such a dedicated procrastinator, I even procrastinate on my hobby.