Sunday, March 04, 2007

Please Shoot Me Now (The Wedding Ring Shawl)

Sharon Miller advises you keep your WRS in a pillowcase to protect it while you are not working on it. I have done this every single time I have finished working on my shawl. Every time except last night when I put the work down to fetch something. I did not notice that my crochet hook had caught on part of the work. I picked it up to put it away and I heard a snap. Did you know it takes twice as long to pick back as it is to knit a row? I have to pick back 10 rows to get to the rip. You will not be hearing from me for awhile while I do penance for not following the rules. Did I try to do a Homer Simpson fix? Do bears pee in the woods? It only made a bad situation much much worse. Did I mention that picking back areas of work where you have screwed around trying to fix it takes three times as long? I really really love my little nieces. I cannot give one of them a shawl with a huge mistake in it. I just can't. Why not? Because they are worth the blood sweat and swearing that is now going on to fix this shawl. Besides. The lace, the yarn, the process of knitting. It's a little bit of who I am. If the shawl was for me, I'm not sure I'd fix it. I'm not sure I'd have knit it at all. But it's going to be around long after I'm gone. Something my nieces have to drag around to remind them of their crazy Aunt Jane. I look forward to getting back to you when I fix the error and make it to the end of the center panel. My reward will be to buy another Sharon Miller project pattern :-)

15 comments:

fleegle said...

Ohhhhhh, this is awful awful awful. I am so sorry. My stomach did a little flip-flop. I feel your pain.

Harry sends his regards and reminds you to keep that crochet hook faaaaar away from your gorgeous knitting.

PS. your verification isn't coming up anymore in Firefox. I had to load the page in IE to see it.

fleegle said...

Ohhhhhh, this is awful awful awful. I am so sorry. My stomach did a little flip-flop. I feel your pain.

Harry sends his regards and reminds you to keep that crochet hook faaaaar away from your gorgeous knitting.

PS. your verification isn't coming up anymore in Firefox. I had to load the page in IE to see it.

Jane said...

Dear fleegle,

What can I say. Serves me right for knitting stupid. As for the verification, if you could speak English rather than tech please. I have no idea what you are refering to or what Firefox is. Would it be something I need to ask Blogger about? We had to put in a new modem and wirless router recently but I would not think that this would cause a problem. Give us a clue dear fleegle. If it's not one thing, it another. And the suckage just keeps coming!

Kathy said...

LOL, Jane, I had a dropped stitch way early back in the Princess's life, since I am using mercerized cotton which is slick, it ran for ten rows before I could catch it, now those 865 whatever stitches were bring me to tears, so yes I feel your pain right now. Keep at it, it is all well worth it, it will be gorgeous when you finish, but that one Homer fix would have driven you insane even though no one else would likely ever know it was there.

I did actually end up ripping over tinking, I couldn't bear the thought of tinking almost ten thousand stitches.

Will hopefully see you emerge triumphant very soon Jane,

K

Carol said...

Oooh, what a complete and utter letdown! I'm sending good feelings your way....

fleegle said...

Dear Jane;
Before I can post to you, I have to type in some letters and numbers. These do not show up in the Firefox browser, which is what I use. They do show up in Internet Explorer, which means I have to open a different browser to post a comment on your blog.

It isn't a big deal and I don't think it is your fault. It is a Blogger problem.

I mentioned it because you might be seeing a decline in the number of comments if people cannot see the verification number.

In any case, Harry will never have a girlfriend...we all know what happen to guy spiders when they get married...or whatever.

alice said...

Oh, Jane! The anguish. I shall mix a very stiff drink in your honor this evening.

Jane said...

Dear Kathy,

You well know the horror with which I face tinking back. I know missalicefaye and fleegle know about "lace-pain" as well. I can't really rip this cobweb-weight shetland from Lacis. It's not going to be salvaged either. Once I get it all out, I will throw the used part away and make a join. Lucky I still have lots of the vintage yarn left. Thanks for the good-will. I need all the help I can get.

Jane said...

Dear Carol,

Thank you for the good wishes. I have to admit, I was loath to tell what happned on the blog because I know it causes "sympathy pains" for everyone. But this type of thing is a good example of what not to do :-) I hope everyone else does better as a result!

Jane said...

Dear alice,

Please drink a lot on my behalf. I can't drink as I am actually allergic to alcohol. Bummer. I got some in a wine vinegar dressing once that a friend put on salad and had to take Benadryl before my throat closed up! Don't worry about the tinking back. This too shall pass.

Jane said...

Dear fleegle,

Ok, so now I get the Firefox thing better. Sorry it's such a trial to get to this blog. According to Bloggers Help section, it says Firefox will eventually be able to see the updated Blogger format. I have no idea why you could get it before but can't now. It's a mystery! I'm glad to see you having great sucess with the Spider King shawl. And yeah, I forgot that marriage with black widdow spiders can be a terminal experience. Better he should be a happy single :-)

Opal said...

Oh no Jane! What a trauma! I hope you'll return to us soon and that you have lots of emergency chocolate on hand.

Sheila E said...

You are a great Aunt to go back and fix the error!! I think that you need many more patterns and chocolate!! You are right, it will be worth it in the end...but right now it's a Giant PITA ;)
I am lucky enough to have Eugene Bugler as a friend (excellent lace knitter) and he told me, "if you aren't ready to go back and repair your mistakes...don't knit lace". It has helped me to remember his words.
Hope it helps you too!!

Jane said...

Dear Opal,

In spite of my high cholesterol, I am indeed finding solace in chocolate. Just not at the same time as I pick back that white shawl :-) I think I'm back to a point where I can now just figure out what row I'm in and start knitting again.

Jane said...

Dear Sheila,

I caught a glimpse of Eugene Bugler at the Yarn Place booth I belive. I felt like a star-struck groupie. His lace is spectacular. He and my sister share the same view about correcting mistakes. I'm glad I did the work to fix it. Now all I want is some natural light to knit the last of that center section. Thanks for the encouragement!