- When someone you love is critically ill, it's best to stick to Words with Friends or Dice with Buddies on your iPad while in the ICU. Leave the complicated lace at home.
- If you don't heed my words and are as delusional as I seem to be, when you drop a good 8 or more stitches of lace off the needles, don't be surprised when your stitch count is off. You'll either pick up too many or too few and rarely the right amount. Lace is fussy that way.
- Whatever you do, when your stitch count and pattern are off, don't lie to yourself and knit an additional 1,000 stitches. You have to stop and figure out what went wrong and fix it right then and there. It's not going to get better on its own and with this kind of huge mistake, a repair can't be fudged. It'll show.
- Don't worry though because you heeded that voice in your head and put a lifeline in after every chart, right?
And that right there is the rub. I have one lifeline two charts behind me. Things were going so well that I thought I could get away without frequent lifelines. When I completed one chart after the first lifeline, the thought crossed my mind I should place another, but sometimes they can be a real pain in the ass to do correctly. It's time consuming to thread dental floss through hundreds of stitches without catching markers or going through the wrong part of a stitch.
Tonight I ripped out yarn barely thicker than thread. Thousands of stitches. Thousands. Surgery was impossible as I could not read my mistakes and had no clue how I'd compounded the initial error by attempting to fudge, pick up yarnovers that didn't exist, knit more than one stitch together with another...you name it. I guess I wasn't in my right mind. It wasn't reparable in the state I'd worked it, so rip I did. Or should I say we? Believe it or not, it took 2 of us nearly 30 minutes to undo all of those stitches including all of those nupps and beads. On the bright side, seeing a lace project off the needles gives a knitter a good idea of how beautiful the project will be once able to knit again in a good frame of mind.
I'm down to the lifeline now, but I've worked 20 hours this weekend and I'll be heading back to Ohio tomorrow to lend a hand at the hospital and help pick out a rehab facility, so putting those stitches back on the needles will have to wait.
In the future I'll be using lifelines more frequently. In the meantime, I have a message for myself:
Threading a lifeline takes much less time than re-knitting thousands of stitches.