I finally found a rhythm with the cabled baby blanket. Turns out, it’s just about counting to six (which I can manage to do most of the time 🙂
The blanket features columns of paired cables twisted in opposite directions. The pairs are separated by six stitches of reverse stockinette. Each cable is six stitches and they’re twisted every six rows for a six-row repeat. Last week, I started tracking the repeats in my planner… I’m sure you can imagine how much I enjoy all those tick marks! I finished 13 repeats last week (and if I continue at that pace, I could finish the blanket next week – woohoo!)
It wasn’t until somewhere around the sixth repeat, though, that I started hearing the 1-2-3-4-5-6 in my head as I worked across the rows. There are 34 groups of six stitches per row; I’m surprised it took me that long. But it wasn’t until early last week that I knitted an entire repeat in one sitting and I think that’s when the rhythm started. Now that I have the count going in my head, I don’t have to look at the rows and that’s definitely faster!
It also makes it better for TV, audiobooks, getting together with friends, drinking wine and waiting – pretty much all the times I like to knit. So far, the blanket has listened to Barbara Pym, watched Star Wars and The Martian and been to bible study and knitting class. This week I hope to take it out for coffee and for lunch and I’m sure it will hear another book and see more TV. I started watching Inspector Morse and I think I’ll finish the blanket before I finish all those episodes.
I hope I don’t get any more practice fixing mis-crossed cables.
(but if they do happen, I hope I notice them quickly.)
What good experience(s) do you hope to share with your knitting this week?