So, this was not the update I was planning to give. But, sometimes, things don’t go as planned.
This is proof that the unexpected does happen… and it happened to me this time around.
I have knit several patterns in translation – primarily Norwegian and German – and I know that English pattern writers, specifically North Americans, tend to “coddle” their knitters with step-by-step instructions. Countries with a long-standing knitting traditions tend to assume that their knitters know what to do since they have been knitting since they were in diapers…
Well, I am North American and didn’t learn to knit in diapers, but I am pretty intuitive… and I totally missed the three little words amongst all the others that said “continue in stockinette”. So, I went along on my merry way with the established rib pattern – 4 inches in, to be exact. Once I realized the folly of my ways, I just took a deep breath and knew what I had to do.
Instead of ripping back the WHOLE body and losing many hours/days of work, I decided to surgically repair and just rip back that section. I saw Stacy Shutterhoney do it last year – with cables, no less! – so I just bit the bullet and ran my lifeline and rip rip ripped it. Thanks for the inspiration (and the courage), Stacy!
Maybe I am delusional, but I feel like this is still under control… and I feel like I might still be able to finish this baby in the next week before I leave.
Here’s a progress photo *before* I realized the mistake…
So, body has a few more inches, including some colorwork rows, and then the steeking, and then the sewing shoulders together and picking up for the mock turtleneck. Doable, right? Right? *sigh*
Luckily, there are multiple feet of snow on the ground outside, so I am not really going anywhere for the next while… we’ll see what I can do today!