Hi friends, I've gone and done it again: started knitting a sweater under a ridiculous self-imposed deadline. The pattern is Gwendolyn, from Twist Collective's Fall 2010 issue. I've had the pattern and yarn for almost exactly a year. It took me that long to work up the courage – and work down the queue. I want to wear it at Squam Art Workshops in six weeks. I've been knitting non-stop – even at picnics. I've been highlighting charts like crazy. (I've also been watching a lot of Bones. Like, all of Season Five. In four days. But I digress.) Things were going well, until yesterday. Things looked...lopsided. Oops: those decreases were supposed to happen at EACH end. I put in a lifeline and ripped. And then I ripped some more. Almost 30 rows. Almost all of Sunday's work. Gone. I ate some cookies, then started again. Because I know that sometimes, knitting is a no pain, no gain proposition. Six hours later: success! That's one sleeve, finished. Except.... There's just one small problem. Can you see it? The mis-twisted cable? (Frankly, I blame Agent Booth.) At this point, I've got three options:
- Ignore it. This sort of thing is exactly why the phrases "wabi sabi" and "design feature" were invented.
- Ladder down. It's possible to unravel just the five stitches in that column down 32 rows, rework the cable, and then work my way back up again.
- Rip it out. And then reknit the latter half of it for the second time. (In this case, I will definitely need to buy more cookies.)