One of the groups on Ravelry has been having a discussion about "Yarn Harlot Moments". They are really just knitter moments, but ones that Stephanie has made famous through her books and blog. Things like, when you know you made a grave error in your yarn choice, but still keep knitting for hours before admitting that the truly fuzzy yarn is covering up all the fancy stitch work you are doing and give in to frogging your project. Or starting a project that you know takes twice as much yarn as you have in the hopes that you will find, not only more, but the same dyelot before you are finished knitting!
I have been having some of those moments with my American Brilliant. The blanket is made up of a bunch of individual squares. A larger center one, 14 smaller ones, 10 fan shaped ones, four corner ones and some separately knit borders. In the order the pattern was put together, after I finished the largest square I would work 10 smaller ones..... all the same.
Easy enough, right? There is only one chart for those ten squares, it doesn't change. I am using one type and color of yarn (of which I bought plenty!) and I am using then same set of needles for all of this project.
I knew I had a problem with the first square, some how I ended up with the wrong number of stitches on one side of a cable. Frog it? Fix it? Ignore it? Those are the only choices and as it was one stitch, rather than rip down and fix it I decided it was a small enough error I could live with it and I adjusted how the stitches were laid out later.
I thought so.
Roll on the second knit through, there is me thinking that having followed (well mostly, apart from the error I mentioned above) the chart once, the second time it would make more sense and I would get the stitches all where they belonged.
This one was wrong too........but amazingly enough, this one was differently wrong than the first one!
Now wrong I could understand, that would be me misreading something in the chart, but differently wrong? It's certainly puzzling me!
I think I will start working on the fan shaped ones and come back to these pesky Hob Stars another day!
I can hear you asking though, whatever happened with the sweater that just needed sleeves? The one that needed to be off the needles before anything else was cast on?
Stats: Opposite Pole by Joji
Nashua Creative Focus Superwash Wool in Natural
Size 9 (US) needles throughout.
I finished it just in time, tomorrow a new month starts, and as many knitters know there is only one thing to do in Socktober!