Thursday, August 28, 2008

Leap of Faith


I've never knit a drop stitch pattern before, one where the pattern intends for the knitter to drop stitches. That's what Clapotis (clap-o-tee) calls for. Every marker at the needle end of this business marks the spot where I'll drop stitches. I was thinking perhaps one extra pattern increase to make this wider and a couple pattern repeats to make it longer would make this a wonderful shawl.


The yarn I'm using is Sisik, from Dale of Norway, a wool and mohair blend with beautiful and vibrant nibs of color. I can make this shawl afghan sized if I wanted. I temporarily lost my mind and bid for twenty five skeins of this on ebay (Dale doesn't make it anymore and I adore it.) It was touch and go for awhile as I was up against a formidable bidder. I persevered and now own more than I'll ever use in this lifetime. It's a dream to knit up but the mohair makes the stitches clingy. I hope they drop easily enough. I'm about 40 rows away from the first set of dropped stitches, so we'll see. If I were knitting something else out of this yarn and accidentally dropped a stitch, I know it would unravel. Nature of the beast I guess. With faith it'll happen just as intended so, I'll keep plugging along. I need to squeeze in time to finish Flow also. I'm not too far away. It could have been done had I not suffered Clapotis interruptis.

Luckily, I had an extremely quiet night at work last night and I was able to fix some of my computer errors from the stuff I'd already completed (twice.) I'm feeling a bit better about things today. Better to fix it on their time, than mine. It can get to be too much when it feels like all you do is work. For free. I'm not too into working for nothing so a pretty slow night suited me well. The fiddly little computer comes with a Sprint wireless card. Every single time I tried to transfer data last night, the signal was dropped. I hope I can do a wireless transfer today without having to actually go into one of the offices and plug the darned thing in! I'm telling you, the frustrations may be minor, but when they accumulate, it's dumb stuff like this that's really aggravating me.

My mantra for today-until I turn my pager on? k1, k tbl, k3, k tbl repeat to end.........

3 comments:

Brenda said...

Clapotis Interruptis..ha Ha hahah..funny. I have been knitting before I go to sleep and finally got the basics, but ran into something last night that I need to go on line and find out about from the great tutorials you sent me. From what I remember about knitting, it isn't very forgiving. If you mess up or miss stitches it shows. But it is good to keep my mind active and challenged. Don't want to have to go to a nursing home any time soon. Ha ha...Have a great day!

Rudee said...

Lots of knitting misery can be hidden in the yarn. Plain yarns are unforgiving. I like a perfectionist though and you're on the right track Brenda. I think 90% of success in knitting is knowing how to fix a mistake, 2% is actual skill and the other 8 is knowing when to throw in the towel and rip the whole thing out. I was of the make a mistake and rip it out crowd before I made myself learn to fix the wrongs. Life is much better now. I'm glad you're enjoying this and yes, it'll keep you out of the nursing home.

Sandy said...

Glad the computer stuff is getting easier. Looks like a nice pattern you are doing...