|nantucket vest…in process|
…this is really not the post I’d planned for today. I’d intended some sort of update on my knitting progress (since it’s been three weeks – yikes – really? three weeks?? since my last one), perhaps combined with a few more thoughts on unrealistic deadlines. that was the plan I had yesterday morning.
I finished the silver crocus – blocked and drying at 8:30 a.m. – and then set off for class. with only my nantucket vest to knit. only that, you might ask? yep, long story short, the project that I thought I would push is now the #1 project I want to finish – so we can start another KAL for the holidays AND so I can feel a little bit better about starting another sweater (which I’ve committed to my classes next week). and if I really want to finish something, the best thing to do is knit it. really, that’s probably the only thing to do!
so I was happily knitting along – thrilled to be on the first eyelet row – when I noticed it. a twist. nah, I’m sure I’m mistaken, it’s not twisted. it can’t be twisted. I checked it! I knitted a bit more. I checked again. it’s twisted. aaarrrggghhhh.
I didn’t stop to take a photo, I just ripped. and then thought really hard about casting back on again. really at this point, maybe I should just abandon the project. but kathie and penny talked me into starting again. they said – and I do agree – I’ll love the finished piece, it’ll be great for fall, it’s fun to knit and
…it was the only knitting I had with me.
so I claimed the do over. 306 stitches (double counted), joined in the round, being careful not to twist. I think I’ve checked it at least 30 times in the 20-ish rounds I’ve knit since then. good news – it’s not twisted. the photo proves it! and now 36 hours later…I’m right back where I was yesterday morning – except for the twist of course!
…and two good things have resulted:
- first, my students loved to see that “even mary” makes mistakes; I countered with “I’m not sure about something that you can work at for 30 years and still not master?”; they responded “nope, still makes me feel good” (I do have to say, they were very sympathetic…and only smiled a little)
- second, I have recommitted to the project – and to finishing it before october. (I think it’s a realistic goal 🙂