Burning the midnight oil

Guess what? 😀

I found a mistake. I don’t know why this makes me happy. No, I know – this pattern is written in a language completely foreign to me, and yet I persist in questioning everything, apparently for a good reason.

It’s a sort of weird mistake, possibly a typo. I think in creating a sub-chart for the main chart the designer simply lost track of stitches. As a result, a certain section ends with 9 stitches but only 8 are required on the next row as written. There are a few ways to fix such a mistake, and for symmetry’s sake, I’ve decided to incorporate a decrease where there wasn’t one before (if you, too, are knitting this shawl – row 23, immediately before the boxed inset, work a k2tog).

The bad news (and you knew this couldn’t be all peaches and honey) – I have to tink 4 rows, 1840 stitches. Gulp. It will be okay, I’m not fretting. I’m just thrilled I finally figured out why my yarn overs weren’t lining up, and why I had to keep adding a stitch to one side of the pattern repeat. Yay!

Progress as of this very minute:

The purple stripe will decrease momentarily, but I hope to catch up quickly. The truth is that I’m past the most complicated part of the shawl, where the googly mooglies are just PILED on top of each other, without any breaks. Right now it’s a fair amount of patterning, still on both sides of the work, but it’s not nearly as bad as before. The googly mooglies will come back, but not for a long while, so I’m not thinking about it until I get there ;).

As for yesterday’s rant (and others like it)… you know, I wish you would all come over to my house. We’ll have some mango-flavored black tea, and I’ll tell you about my knitting escapades – so intense, so difficult, so demanding, so complicated – and while telling you my stories, you will see the hugest grin on my face, and a gleam in my eyes that can only signify insanity and utter excitement. Hand pain is something I can live without, that’s true, but please don’t take my descriptions of very complicated and demanding projects too literally. This is the way I like to knit. I don’t intend for my knitting to be stress-free (except on-the-go projects), I want it to be a mental exercise. Call me crazy, if you must ;).


26 thoughts on “Burning the midnight oil

  1. Michelle

    I knew it! The shawl picture is too lovely not to contain a typo within its pattern. It is not surprising that you would have an anxiety dream about knitting this – I get them about breaking nails! I love watching the shaded portion of the schematic grow :^)

  2. Laura

    You mean that some people don’t want to think when they are knitting? Say it isn’t so!

    One of the many reasons that I like reading your blog is because you are often doing something challenging. Knitting easy stuff just makes for boring reading.

  3. betty

    please, Grumperina! don’t tink 1840 stitches! just undo the stitches around the mistake, and do them again! it’s easy, and the “extra” yarn can be hidden in the yo. when blocked, it’s unnoticeable, I promise!

  4. LaurieM

    I’d go for a lifeline below the mistake and then a good rrrriiippp! It can be exhilarating to watch how eaisly all your hard work can be undone. Thrill of destruction I guess.

  5. pixie

    you just like a good challange, i totally understand. If I knit things that wern’t a challange on some level then I would be bored out of my mind.

  6. claudia

    So, which is the best possible mango tea? I suspect there may have been a mango-tea-off chez Grumperina at some point in the past….

  7. trek

    Oh my. Over 1800 stitches. Laceweight. Gulp.

    I am working on my first lace shawl and have been told that it isn’t the easiest first project to pick. Despite that, your current shawl is giving me the heebie-jeebies it is so complicated. Can’t wait to see it finished.

  8. gleek

    i hear ya.. i also really love a challenge and take it on with a smile even if it becomes so complicated it makes me want to cry.. there’s no crying in knitting!!!

  9. Stephanie

    Googly mooglies – I love that term. I’m glad you found the mistake now (and you’ll be on the lookout for more) rather than later. I wish I could come drink tea and knit – wouldn’t that be fun!

  10. tanti

    hi kathy, this pattern also on my to-knit-list since last year, together with the other one (pattern 13). Since I am a lace beginner, I am very delight that you also knit this one and share your experience with us here.

    The error you founds also leaps my heart too. Japanese patterns are less having errors than the westerns patterns… 😉

  11. MOG

    Okay, you’re crazy. I’m one of those who knit for the Zen of it, not to challenge myself. I did that back in the 70’s and it was a lot of fun. Now I like to sit in the cheap seats with some wine and popcorn and watch the incredibly beautiful projects that you and your readers make. I’ll be the cheering section. Whoo-Hoo!

  12. Valerie in San Diego

    Ahhhh… sigh. Mango Ceylon is Da Best. Indeed it is. I just got wakened by the pager and lurched out of bed to give technical help, so now I think I’ll join you in a cuppa and spend some time finishing off the toe of a sock. That’ll put me right in no time.

    btw I agree with Betty — don’t tink! don’t frog! Just drop stitches and fix. My world has expanded since I figured out you can do this..

  13. Barb outside Boston

    I just love this blog! Precisely because you like to do this that are so mentally challenging. This shawl looks absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to see it all done!

    Because of you, I am finishing up my own Vintage Pink Cardigan (in turquoise, no less!) with waist shaping and bust darts.

    And please give us a good write-up of the Yarn Harlot–there is no way I can go, but I can live vicariously through you!

  14. Kate

    Ooh, mango-flavored black tea — you mean the Stash brand stuff? That stuff is great.

    I wish we could hang out in your apt too… if only to see that crazy gleam in your eye.

  15. LisaB

    There is something completely satisfying about encountering a knittinger problem, calculating for hours and fixing the mistake. I had a recent problem like that on a summer sweater. It was frustrating to encounter the pattern inaccuracies – but completely rewarding in the end!

  16. Kris

    Nope, not crazy. Just look at how you earn your livelihood. Besides, what fun is knitting where you don’t grow as a knitter.

  17. Kelly

    I enjoy the mental exercise I get from knitting as well. Especially if I am not exercising any other parts of my body!

  18. Lies

    By all means, grumper on! I really love reading it, while grinning in recognition. Ofcourse knitting a no-brainer every now and then is rewarding as well, but facing a challenge is much more interesting!

  19. Nancy

    The shawl is just magnificent–takes my breath away. I just got the yarn and the pattern for my very first lace. The pattern is called Summer in Kansas. I only hope it is a 100th of the beauty your shawl is.

  20. Juls

    That glee you are experiencing is what I imagine a tax auditor from the IRS feels when they nab someone. “Aha! I’ve foiled your attempts to outwit the IRS!”

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