Thursday, August 23, 2007


Yesterday morning I happened to glance at the Victorian Lace Today errata sheet and noticed it included a correction to Chart B. I could SWEAR I checked the errata sheet before I started knitting the Alpine. I’m positive I did. Well, if I did, I somehow missed the following note:

Page 37 Chart B Row 7
Second square from the left needs to be shaded.

You know me. By now I’ve knit 22.5 pattern repeats of Chart B. The stitch in question is part of a 5 stitch transition between the 4 pattern repeats that make up the center of the shawl (Chart B) and the left border (Chart A). In 7 of the 8 rows of the transition pattern repeat, the pattern is a mirror image of the 5 stitches that make up the transition between the right border (Chart A) and the 4 pattern repeats that make up the center (Chart B). Every time I came to Row 7, I thought: “I wonder if that should be a purl stitch instead of a knit stitch? It’s the only stitch that doesn’t match the transition on the right side of the shawl.” Since I am me, I also told myself: “You’ve already checked the errata sheet, so you can knit on. No worries.” And, of course, that’s what I did.

Once I realized I’d missed the correction on the errata sheet, I spent the day considering whether I had the courage to undo that one stitch all the way to Row 7 in the first pattern repeat. (That would mean working my way down 174 rows and back up again – rows in a LACE shawl, knitted with REALLY SLIPPERY silk yarn.) Since the one column of stitches is reverse stockinet stitch it wouldn’t be impossible, but it was still scary to contemplate.

I left work a little early to spend some time with Brian before I drove him down to his father’s house in Cincinnati. It was after 9:00 p.m., when I got home and took a hard look at the Alpine Shawl.

I pinned it out and tried to photograph the right transition stitches and the left transition stitches so I could show you the problem. Unfortunately, my photography skills were not up to the task. Our camera is a little more complicated than “point and shoot,” and I could not get close up shots that weren’t blurry. I really tried. I tried to photo-shop them, but that didn’t work either.

Maybe it was the late hour, I don’t know, but the more I looked at the shawl the more I began to think that if it was so hard to see the errant knit stitches maybe I could live with them. Then I made a classic Susan error. After fooling around with the camera and trying to photo-shop the pics, it was getting pretty late. My judgment was clouded. I wanted to knit some to soothe myself before I went to bed. So I picked up the shawl and knit a couple of rows. Then I realized I’d made a mistake and attempted to tink back. That’s when I dropped a stitch that quickly unraveled several rows. It's a good thing I was home alone because I cursed a blue streak.

At that point I didn’t have the heart to pull out the needle and rip back to the life line. I just threw the thing in a heap and went to bed. This morning I discovered that even when the Alpine is discarded in a heap it still has the power to mock me.

1 comment:

Teresa said...

Looking forward to the next installment of "As My Alpine Turns"...

What will tonight bring?

How long will Alpine mock Susan before Susan snaps?

Will the life line save Alpine and Susan's relationship?

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