Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Fatal Error (RIP first attempt at WRS)

My first go at the WRS center has failed. What is referred to in health care as a "fatal error" has occurred!
I had to pick back on row 15. I managed it but damaged the yarn too severely in the process and the yarn disintegrated in the row and ran like a sprinter. Sigh. Gods way of telling me that I will have to learn to do things differently because this type of knitting and this type of yarn, is nothing like anything I've ever knit before. Which, is actually kind of exhilarating! See the picture of needles I got today at Lacis in order to use, for the very first time, a "lifeline". Thank you Jason for that link to the site that shows how to do it. Both sets of needles are blunt ended, both will take tatting cotton in the eyes to use as lifeline. The Doll needle has a much larger eye and is thicker in diameter than the Teneriffe weaving needles. The Teneriffe needles can run along the cable part of the circular needle and pick-up stitches very easily. I hope that I won't be making too many errors in the future, but if I do, I hope using the lifeline will spare the integrity of the yarn. I would have to choose the Shetland cobweb as my first attempt yarn. I could always go bigger, but what would be the challenge in that? So remember children. You can pick your nose as much as you like, but you cant pick Shetland cobweb weight yarn almost at all!

Disgustingly cheerful for all that I have endured disaster!

Much, much later I bet!


Janet said...

As a virgin lifeline user I'll be curious to see this in play. Good luck!

Jason said...

Dear Jane,

I wonder if there's a way to attach the lifeline to the needle so it will be carried through the stitches as you make them, but not interfere with the sliding of the stitches. I know they can do that with interchangeable needles like the ones on KnitPicks. But they don't have needles smaller than US size 4. I wonder.

Jane said...


Interesting you said that. On the Inox needles, just behind the join between the needle and the cable, there is a small "bump". I guess you could tie a thread between the needle and the bump and it would stay put and then maybe drag a larger thread like the tatting cotton through the loops using the thread. It's similar to a technique that is used to get seed beads onto crochet cotton when making knitted beaded bags. Hmmmmm.....

Jane said...


I will let you all see if this works with the lifeline. Maybe I will try it first on a more substantial piece of lace like the Mountain Pine's Shawl. I think I will also try out Jason's suggestion too on that shawl. I'm knitting on US 3 for that one and if I screw-up, it won't be that bad to fix it!

fleegle said...

And what is the link, my dear. I want to use this post for Yarnival.