Monday, August 11, 2008

Ravelympics: Update One

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!


Anna said...

Glad you got your mistake taken care of even if it set you back so much...

Holding my thumbs here for no more dropped stitches! :kram:

TinkingBell said...

Aaaah - real friends don't let friends knit lace after the first beer!! You need some ribbed socks or plain stocking stitch for pizza nights (in dark colours which won't show tomato and chees!)

Alwen said...

I do find that coffee is better when I need to concentrate on the knitting.

N.B., but keep the lace out of the coffee.