Tuesday, March 8, 2011

When right is wrong

Multi-directional knitting lends its own beauty and interest to the piece. It's accomplished by knitting the back first and then knitting out from each side. The wide collar, the star of this show, brings the sides and back together.

For the first time in weeks and weeks and weeks, I began my shift yesterday without an assignment. For the first three hours, I had nothing to do and so I began the part of Cloud Chaser that I thought would give me fits.

I wasn't disappointed in my astute observation. It did indeed deliver fits, but perhaps only because my mind was wandering.

As instructed exactly, I picked up the stitches for the collar and convinced I was doing things correctly, began to knit. Despite the designer's many warnings that the right side of the collar is connected to the wrong side of the fabric, my brain clearly couldn't translate her written words. I had to learn for my self that something just wasn't right--it was wrong--and not in a right way.

Instead of picking up the stitches and casting on 63 stitches at the end of the left side of the vest, I cast them on to the right side of the vest. Despite knowing that--deep in my hamster sized brain--I was now backasswards with the instructions, I proceeded to knit some 190 stitches, at which point, I had a revelation.

Something isn't right here...it's wrong, wrong, wrong.

I knew exactly what I'd done but righting of the wrong had to wait while I went out and saw patients.

My vest and I are now on the right footing where the right side of the vest is properly connected to the wrong side of the collar. Finally, we're going in the right direction!


(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Beautiful piece Rudee. Did nearly the same thing this morning. Had done a great piece in art class, brought it home to finish. New colors, new techniques. Well my ego got the best of me. I put my signature on the piece before varnishing and smeared the ink I had signed with all over my painting. Well live and learn. Can't wait to finish this piece I just love it. It is a Primative piece. So glad you had a little reprieve in the first few hours of your shift.

Miss 376 said...

Glad your brain and hands have caught up with each other, this is a lovely pattern

sapphireblue said...

Don't worry. I did the same thing the other day. My kitchener stitch clearly said, "put wrong sides together", so why did I do right sides together?

Your project is coming out very lovely!

Finding Pam said...

Rudee, this sweater is so beautiful. I love the color. I can't wait to see it on you.

I am glad that you had a couple of hours without patients.

I had to laugh about your hamster sized brain. I have the attention of a gnat. I think we have all been there and done the very same thing.

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

oh what a lovely talent you have!!!

smiles, bee

Denise said...

Lovely sweater. The rights and wrongs had me going in circles. Glad you have it figured out.

Anonymous said...

A Rookie mistake...Let's review backwards knitting..Knitting back backwards is the technique of knitting from the left edge to the right edge of a piece of knitted fabric, in the reverse of the normal direction, as a replacement for turning and purling across the wrong side. It won't replace purling entirely, but it has a number of really useful application...Hope that helps..