Y’know, I really thought I was going to make it for this Gryphon Games challenge, at least with one project (I always knew multiple entries would be unachievable). I figured since I was halfway through the lace edging chart of my Deep, Dark Stellaria shawl, two weeks would be plenty of time to finish and enter it into the WIPs category. I failed to consider two things: 1) I cast on more stitches and modified the shawl to make it deeper, which also meant much longer rows by the time I hit the lace section and 2) I didn’t even consider the possibility of mistakes.
It’s difficult to tell in the photo, but the lace in the box on the left does not match the lace in the box on the right. I seem to have missed some yarnovers somewhere and have completely lacked the time and mental energy to figure out where I went wrong and how best to fix it. I’m definitely not going to frog back entire rows, I’ll have to drop down stitches and MacGyver some sort of solution, but that takes effort and I have sadly not had time for it**. Thus, while finishing by 3pm today would’ve been a close call to begin with, it’s now an impossibility. Sigh.
But then I thought to myself, “No matter! At least I’ll get to turn the heel on these socks this weekend so they’re ready for easy, portable knitting during the week.”
I’m not sure if I should blame lack of decent note-taking on the first sock or lack of proper attention on the second sock, but now that I’ve turned the heel it’s become apparent that these two socks will not be the same. The instep of the first sock begins and ends with a purl column while the instep of the second sock begins and ends with a knit column. The Fiasco thinks I should just finish them because I’ll be the only one who knows. However, I’m a super strict stickler for symmetry and logical flow in patterns and this oversight will likely drive me nuts.
Some days, man, you just can’t win. My solution? I’m going to go wind yarn for an entirely new project and give these suckers a little time out.
** The reason I’ve been lacking knitting time involves a bunch of errands (boring) but ALSO (the exciting bit) on Friday night we saw Alton Brown live on his Edible Inevitable tour — and it was awesome. I’m a huge fan of his Good Eats show but had no idea what to expect on a live tour — I mean, a cooking show? On stage? But it wasn’t really a cooking show. A little bit of cooking happened but it was mostly Alton being hilarious and playing music (the man can play the sax like nobody’s business). While it’s hard to describe, I definitely recommend it if you like his style.