I decided that I needed an extra push to get my mother’s Candle Flame Shawl done, so I signed up for the Ravelympics 2008, in the WIP Wrestling event.
Fridays are Pizza Day at my house, and I was very careful to have only one beer with my dinner. This isn’t a sock or a ribbed scarf I’m working on, this is lace, and I didn’t want to screw it up.
Surely one beer wouldn’t hurt, would it?
You can see where this is leading, can’t you?
I started my Olympic knitting on the 28th row of the 5th pattern repeat, and I honestly thought I was doing quite well. Then, as I was getting ready to knit the 36th and final row of the 5th pattern repeat, I saw it.
I’d dropped a stitch, of course, and it had run itself down 5-6 rows. I tried to get it back up with a crochet hook, but it was stubborn and obstinate, and I failed completely. I had to rip back to my last life-line, all the way down to row 24.
8 August 2008
Rows knit: -4.
Rows to go: 210
Lesson learned: Beer and lace don’t mix.
The next day, I got all 97 stitches back on the needles, settled myself down on the couch, and got back to work.
It turns out that coffee is a much better beverage for lace than beer.
9 August 2008
Rows knit: 32
Rows to go: 178
On Sunday, I had some running around to do, and lace just isn’t a good choice for portable knitting. I got some done in the morning and some more done in the evening. Things are looking good, I feel like I’m really in the groove with this project.
10 August 2008
Rows knit: 19
Rows to go: 159
Pictures with the next update, I swear!