Friday, January 14, 2011
Frozen concoctions, flip-flops and salt
Decision made, it's all over but the details...the destination for my February getaway will be the Florida Keys. While I know there is the outside chance it may be chilly that time of year, I find it unlikely that this close to Cuba, there could be snow. That's all that matters.
Truly, there isn't enough wool in this house to keep me warm (that may be an exaggeration) and I'm a little tired of all of the layers it takes (not a stretch at all) to be cozy.
Last night, I reached the halfway point of the scarf I'm knitting and noticed an out of place yarn over several repeats back that I was unable to surgically repair. I tried everything before I gave up and frogged, but at least I didn't delude myself into thinking the giant hole in the middle of a garter stitch row was unnoticeable. None of those excuses about how we shouldn't care about perfection would have worked in this case. Even though a portion of this pattern is lace, the majority is not and so ripping back wasn't as painful as it could have been. I simply ripped back to the end of the pattern repeat preceding the errant hole. What was I thinking when I did that yarn over, and why didn't it look out of place before I knit 36 rows past the mistake?
It's a simple pattern that let's the glory of the yarn shine and the story is told in color. While simple enough to follow, I still get flustered reading written patterns. No chart is included with this pattern, so I made my own. If you make this and want my charts, let me know and I'll email them to you.
Before starting I highly recommend the use of a scale so you can measure the halfway point. It won't be necessary if you have more than enough yarn in the color you need, but frankly, who buys sock yarn like that? More commonly, you'll have enough to make one pair, which is what this scarf needs, so yeah, you'll need a scale. If you don't have a scale that measures in grams, have the yarn store wind your hank into two 50 gram balls of yarn. When you reach the end of one, you'll know it's time to begin the decreases.