Speed Bumps

So close. So incredibly close. Yet still not complete.

Here’s where we currently stand with the Aran:

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I spent quite a while on it yesterday. The only big interruptions were stopping to watch In The Cut, and incredibly bad movie that I really, really wish I had not seen. At least, I wish I’d had better lighting on so I could have gotten more done on the Aran. What can I say, it was a social engagement.

What really slowed me down was a few speed bumps that I unwittingly knit into the honeycomb stitch sections. In three places, I worked rows that looked like this:

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I’m not sure how I made that mistake, much less how I made it three times Oh well. I am so close to the end that I really want to finish the sweater. At the same time, after all the time I’ve spent on this project I’m not about to let any errors that I’ve noticed go by, so I had to slow down and re-work those sections. It wasn’t that difficult, but it took me about as long to re-work each section as it takes me to knit an entire round in the sweater (about 20 minutes).

On Saturday at the Yarn Barn, I ran into a woman named Rebecca whom I had not seen in several months. She’s a Ph.D. candidate and she was kvetching about how her thesis advisors hadn’t bothered to read her dissertation until just recently even though they’d had it for six months. Anyway, towards the end of the morning as people were packing up and leaving, she turned to me declared that I needed to marry her best friend. I said ok, and then as an afterthough asked if her best friend was female. As it so happens, she is. Unfortunately she lives in California, so it’s going to be one of those long-distance marriages. I’m sure we’ll be able to make it work if we just try hard enough.

As I was writing this up, my dad called. We he asked what I was doing, I told him “blogging about my knitting over the weekend.” (He finds my knitting very weird.) He paused for a long moment and said, “Oh. The blood must just be pounding in your veins.”

“Yup. I think I know what Hemmingway felt like now.”

Halfway up the slopes of Kilimanjaro is a frozen Aran sweater. Nobody knows what a sweater was doing at that altitude . . .

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  1. Lisa, Mike, Jack, Della Says:

    So close. Yet so Beautiful already! Just looking at it so close to being finished makes the blood pound in my veins :-) It looks great! And hey, I’ve made the same mistake in my knitting sometimes up to 5x before getting it right. \

    See you Saturday?

  2. staceyjoy Says:

    Sweetie, just unravel the stitches where you knit instead of purled, and latch them up purled, BEFORE you do a cable row. No big deal. Know what I mean?

  3. Kaetchen Says:

    Holy crap, it’s a sweater! And such a gorgeous one at that! Just in time for the 90 degree April weather we’re expecting.

    How did you make yourself go back and rework those rows? By now you must be going nuts trying to finish.

    All this is my way of saying WOW!