Caution: actual knitting content follows. Things have been in such upheaval lately that I haven’t really posted about knitting. So, it’s time for an update. Unfortunately, there’s been a lot of negative knitting. First off: Garden Path. Things were going along swimmingly and I was making tremendous progress. In fact, I was only a few rows from the border. Then I realized that on the "path" sections I had knitted too many plain rows between the flowers.
Since there are only four of these sections, I decided to try dropping down just those sections and knitting back up. Didn’t work. So there was nothing for it but to (gasp!) take the whole thing off the needles and start ripping! On the plus side, it did give an opportunity to get a photo:
I finally got it all back on the needles and tinked back a row. All better! Well, not exactly. I’m about halfway through the second side and my stitch count is off. I know exactly where it is and I’m afraid the only solution is to drop that little section down and pick up. But that’s going to take concentration and no distractions, which is in short supply right now. So Garden Path is in the time-out chair.
So, plain stockinette socks should do the trick, right? I spent hours untangling the yarn that Lucy had been playing with. Finally accomplished I sat down to knit on them and discovered this:
Dang! She not only tangled the yarn and broke a needle, but left holes as well! There may be enough yarn to just take out this section and start over, but I don’t have the energy for that, so this too has been relegated to the time-out chair.
So, now what? Maybe a whole new project is in order. We have Secret Santas at work, so I started a scarf for my gift. This is a Seaman’s scarf from Myrna Stahman’s book:
I have no idea how this will be cared for, so I’m using some washable Encore sport weight from my stash.
As a consolation prize for all the knitting disasters, this came in the mail today:
I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a package from China before. Inside:
Beautiful, soft luscious cashmere/silk yarn for the Princess Shawl. This is such beautiful yarn! It seems a little heavier than I expected and I hope it will work. I’ll be doing some swatching to make sure. Plans are probably to start it while I’m home over Christmas. This will definitely be a multi-year project.
And, of course I must leave you with some puppy cuteness. We love playing with our toys:
But it is rather exhausting!