Creaky house

Do you know what time it is? Yawn… it’s sleepy time.

But not before I amuse (scare? bore?) you with a Curlicue tail of woe and terror, with clear undertones of sleep deprivation, continuing illness, and medicine-induced delirium.

So, Miss Paula and I are hanging out at Trident after the Boston Knit-Out*, and time came to take out the Curlicue.

First, I was completely incapable of showing Paula my progress because I’m currently working on a section where each row is short-rowed on both sides. Therefore, there is never a time when one end of the needle is empty, there are always stitches on both. This is the reason why I often feel compelled to finish entire sections of the Curlicue in one sitting, since stopping before finishing a section is by necessity mid-row.

Anyway, I sort of straighten things out the best I can, and I show Paula that I’m now working on section 5, and I’m incorporating short rows created in sections 2 and 4. I don’t want to mess up now, since if I have to frog, I will need to make sure the short-row wraps are not lost, and if they are, I will have to take out sections 4 and 3 to get all the way back to 2 to fix it.

I continue knitting while Paula asks me about the blanket. I tell her that this is easily the most challenging project I have ever knit, that there is constant counting, checking, second-guessing, and an indescribable fear of frogging always looming over my head. MUST NOT FROG. It’s like a teenager trying to sneak out of an old, creaky house without waking up her parents. Not that I would know anything about that ;).

And then, and then, and then… I counted. I was supposed to have knit 10 ridges, but there were 11 – one too many, need to frog! Oh heavens, I almost shit my pants. My eyes got really wide, my eyebrows moved to a ridiculously high place on my forehead, little droplets of sweat formed on my temples and on my hands. Paula looked like she had seen a ghost, like I had possibly morphed into a unicorn, like she was ready to take any and all emergency actions, including, but limited to: placing a cold washcloth on my forehead just like Kate’s mom when Kate had the Curlicue Meltdown, convincing me that I couldn’t count and that there were indeed only 10 ridges and that I should just decrease a few stitches for the fun of it, and/or insisting that I take more cold medicine and perhaps wash it down with a few cosmopolitans.

To check where I had gone wrong, and if there was any way to avoid frogging, I took out the Curlicue directions.

My friends, I had not knit one too many ridges – I had to work all the way up to 12 ridges, so I wasn’t even done.

The relief was incredible, but the stress of this project is getting to me! Wow. However, there has been a good amount of progress:


(I’m still at that section where both ends are short-rowed, so I had to move some stitches to a second needle to spread out the project and take this picture).

*It was great to see most of the True Grounds knitters in attendance! I’m also happy to have met new knitters and knit-bloggers – a big “hi” to you, especially Sue, Emma, and Joanna!


0 thoughts on “Creaky house

  1. Elspeth

    Good luck on the blanket — it is gorgeous and I’m sure after your last sweater you can do it! So what was the verdict about the smelly yarn? Does it still smell? I have 9 skeins of it myself and I’d hate to make it into a smelly sweater!

  2. Carolyn

    You go. I see the challenge, but not for me, at least not now. I’ll be watching though!

    The colour of DB babycashmerino I am using is 340202 so I guess I am not really copying your scarf;) I just love it…and love that yarn. I am not the only one planning on knitting it as you had it knit!

  3. paula

    I love those sorts of projects. The idea that people doubt your ability to step up to the challenge just makes me unbelievably focused and determined — to the point of insanity — until I get it done.

    And, the whole process is a pleasure. A good ride the whole way.

    If anyone can knit this blankie, Miss…YOU can.

    Enjoy. 🙂

  4. betty

    now I want (I HAVE!) to knit this blanket too!

    by the way, do you know there’s a bar in Madrid called “España Cañí”? You should go there with your finished blanket. 🙂

  5. Agnes

    The blanket looks lovely … so it’s really that challenging? I’m thinking you’d manage to overcome the hurdle at the end.

    Hey, I thought you don’t like those meme things, so I didn’t tag you … but it’s interesting to find out more about you. (Seriously, do you like those meme things?) 😉

  6. Cara

    Thank you for the links – I’m always looking for interesting blanket patterns and today I found not one, but two! If it’s not a challenge, I say why knit it, right? I haven’t been reading your blog very long, but from what I’ve seen you could probably knit this with your eyes closed.

    Short rows don’t scare me (says the girl that’s now knit a pullover made of short rows three times over.)

  7. Laura

    Now you have me intrigued. It’s reversible, too! And my coworker is having a baby in Feb! oohhh…. I’ll read your experiences and then decide if I should try it. Their pinwheel blanket looks interesting, too.

  8. Wannietta

    It doesn’t look like it can cause so much trauma, does it? I’m sure that you’re equal to the pattern – and it makes me want to order it and have a go. Power to ya!

  9. the country girl

    Wow… I can’t remember when I’ve seen a prettier afghan pattern or any pattern that came with such an omnious waring! So I HAVE TO KNOW is it knitting in the round circularly? Can you give me a hint. I’m almost thinking of trying it myself!

  10. Wanda

    I’ve seen that pattern and thought it was beautiful, but I definitely don’t feel the need to answer the call of the challenge. Go Grumperina! I know you can do it!