Shoulda Listened To My Mama

When I first learned to knit, I was a stick-to-one-project kind of girl. I knit, knit, knit until I was done. As I learned new techniques and was exposed to the wide world of patterns, I started having Knitter’s A.D.D. I couldn’t stick to one project until it was finished. I was always itching to start something new. Quite often, I had three or four projects going at once. My mother, who knows a lot of stuff, gave me some advice. She told me that I shouldn’t leave any knitting project on the needles for more than a day or two without knitting at least one row. The row of stitches that sat on the needles would appear stretched out and and make a visible line across the fabric. It’s not that I didn’t believe her. I do believe most of what my mother has told me (although I still have no recollection of sitting on the edge of a small cliff with my legs dangling over the side while on a vacation as a child, falling off the cliff and a having a kind stranger rescue me – but I do believe her because my sister has told me that she used to have nightmares about it). It’s just that I kind of forgot. No. It’s really that I just hoped she was wrong.

I had started to knit a pretty tie-front cardigan from the book Knitting Beyond Scarves. It’s an ambitious project for me, because it forced me to knit a swatch to check my gauge (which is torture to someone like me who just wants to dig in to knitting the real thing). I got started, but then got sidetracked by baby kimonos and miters. I picked it up yesterday, after leaving it on the needles for, um, weeks, and started knitting. I watched the first few rows and thought it might be okay. After knitting about an inch, I realized that it wasn’t okay. The row that had been sitting on the needles was stretched and very obviously different from the rest of the piece. Crap. Crap. Crap.

I didn’t take a picture of it then, but I should have. It looked pretty bad. I decided to steam it with my iron, because in the reading I’ve done about blocking, I learned that blocking can help to make stitches look more even. Exactly what I needed. I filled my new $9.49 KMart special iron with water (ironing is against my religion, so there’s no way I’m spending money on an iron) and got to steaming. I think it helped. It’s not perfect, but it’s better. Here it is:

I can still easily pick out the offending row, but I’m hoping that IF I finish this sweater, and IF it fits me, and IF I wear it, people won’t point at my back and laugh. IF.

Listen to your mama. Mama knows stuff.

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4 Responses to “Shoulda Listened To My Mama”

  1. Sheila Says:

    If it’s any help, I can’t see the offending row. Nice color too.

  2. acambras Says:

    I can’t really see the row either — nor could I see it at S&B last night, and I was sitting maybe 3-4 feet away from you? So I wouldn’t worry about it. And yes, I agree with Sheila – great color. 🙂

    Anne

  3. Kelly Says:

    OK, definitely listen to your mom, but remember that blocking can solve a world of problems…you did a great job of fixing this, and no one but you is gonna notice any residual line. It’s that kind of thing that you will *always* notice and others will *never* notice. Next time, don’t even give it a second thought, block at the end, and it will all be ok. Scary story about you and the cliff!! Yikes!!!
    And yes, you will finish this! I want to see you in your first grown up sweater!!!

  4. KnelleyBelley Says:

    Thanks for the encouragment, ladies. I know I’m too picky about my goofs, but you’re right – no one will notice. And I will finish it. I will finish it. I will finish it.

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