Right up until Christmas morning, I was devoting almost all my knitting time to finishing up my Mother’s socks. After they were completed, I still had to finish a pair for my Father (whose birthday is today, actually) but I decided to take a breather and work a few more rows of my Rocky Coast cardigan in between the sock knitting. It was at that point I realized that I had done about 27 cabled rows too many. Twenty-seven! (I’m blaming it on the fact that the collar is added later, so the yoke doesn’t look very long when you separate the sleeves from the body. Plus all those holiday distractions.) I had to rip over four inches of work.
As I mentioned in a comment on one of Tina’s recent posts, I decided, instead of being sad and frustrated about the wasted time and work, I would be proud of the fact that I ripped back to a certain point and was able to pick up all the stitches again—something I’ve never done before and was quite scared of! Here is a before and after of my ripping. And above is obviously where I’m at now. I’ve separated the sleeve from the body and now for the long stretch of cable rows.
A while back, I borrowed Literary Knits from our local library and in it the author explained a great way to cable without a needle (and not have live/loose stitches!) I thought it was genius and was so excited to not have to use a cable needle (or in my case, a paper clip) but I only learned how to cable in the front before returning the book. Now I’m on a waiting list to borrow it once more so I can figure out how to cable in the back (experimenting hasn’t proven successful so far.) I’ve hunted online and can’t find that exact method that doesn’t have you working with live/loose stitches. If anyone knows what I’m talking about and knows of a link, please share!
In reading news, I really haven’t been doing very much. For a long time, I didn’t seem to have the concentration required to follow anything with a plot or linear story line. Instead I was flipping through magazines and cookbooks and other flip-through-able books. But the other morning, I awoke very early and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I read the first chapter of Woodswoman: Living Alone in the Adirondack Wilderness. As someone who is often daydreaming about ‘taking to the woods’, I hope it’ll be a fun read.
What have YOU been knitting or reading?
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