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.



12 comments:

sapphireblue said...

Oh, the agony!

Denise said...

The Keys should be far enough south that snow should be improbable, I would think.

I find that the more simpler lace patterns are easier to make those mistakes, as my mind tends to wander while I'm knitting. Feather and fan is one such pattern that gets me every time.

SkippyMom said...

The weather is so weird, but I am pretty sure there will be no snow in the Keys in SC.

Pretty scarf. Nice lacey pattern

Stephanie V said...

Sometimes, there is nothing else to do but frog. I really like that pattern. Garter stitch isn't always my favorite but you're right about the yarn and the colors.
Roll on vacation getaway time!

The Bug said...

That thing is going to be gorgeous!

I have a friend who was offered the use of a house in Fort Lauderdale for a week in March. She wanted to use it for a girls getaway. Unfortunately none of the girls is available. Well, I'm available, but I'd want to fly & can't really afford it.

Rose said...

The scarf is pretty, but I'm really jealous about the Keys! I was supposed to go for my 40th birthday, but got divorced instead, and then for my 50th, but two kids in college sidetracked those plans too. One of these days though.....

Rositta said...

Lucky you, I haven't been to the Keys since the mid 80's. For sure you won't have snow but anything else is possible in this weird weather year. I'm angling for Cuba but my spouse isn't biting just yet. Hope lives though...ciao

distracted by shiny objects said...

sigh.....

debra said...

warm AND sunny? Oh, Rudee--you rock!

Jane/WTKnits said...

Beautiful yarn. Love the colours!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i have been in the keys in the winter and it was in the 90's and the next year the 40's but i'm hoping for the middle for you! have fun honey...

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxoox

Lisa L said...

i love the keys. went there way back in the day when my oldest was (almost)5. my folks had come out from australia and spent a frigid xmas in tennessee at my hub's dad's house. we decided on a trip to the key's (by bus) and it was awesome. some days it was hot and swimming weather..some days it was freezing and coats/gloves/hats weather. i loved the vibe. i could most certainly move there in a heartbeat. have a wonderful time rudee...it is an amazing place..