The most beautiful time of day in my craft room is when the sun is sliding from the top of the sky down to the other side of the earth. The windows are north and east facing, and the light at this time is soft and lovely. The rest of my apartment is already covered in shadow. Not so in the craft room. The rain has been on and off all day, ranging from gentle drops to a raging downpour with bursts of sun in between. Everything smells fresh as it wafts through the windows, and I can smell the trees from the far side of the lawn; my neighbor tells me they are black locust trees which are related to peas. The flowers are pretty and sweet. And so this is my favorite time of day to be in the room; it’s comfortable and peaceful.
This past week the sun has actually made itself known, and I’ve been taking advantage of it by going for bicycle rides all up and down the lake, thus the lack of writing.
I finished the hoodie for my co-worker’s daughter, but didn’t have a chance to photograph it as it was still damp from blocking when I gave it to her (don’t worry; I let her know it was damp and how to lay it out to finish drying that night).
I’ve also started on Pelotonner by Sarah Wilson, The Sexy Knitter. The yarn I’m using is an acrylic blended with nylon and polyester, which makes part of me cringe but it’s very soft, is knitting up beautifully and has a wonderful drape to it, so I’m ignoring the fact that it contains no natural fibers. Originally I did plan on doing the pattern exactly as it’s written, as a sweater. With sleeves. It’s knit from the top down in pieces that are joined together at the bottom of the neckline, and I really like how it’s looking without sleeves and with the thin straps. So I think that it’s going to end up being a tank-top, which will be light and summery. I’ll just have to make it with sleeves a bit later with a different yarn, because I really do love the pattern. I did have to go back and rip out about 17 rows, because when I tried it on, it was a little bit more loose than what I wanted for a tank, and I want to decrease at the sides to make it a touch more fitted around the bust .
Last summer I was sitting on a large volcanic rock, overlooking the ocean with one of my friends and knitting. We were talking and laughing and I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing and made a mistake which I didn’t notice until many rows later. What I did to fix it horrified my friend (who I had taught how to cast on and do knits and purls a few weeks earlier); I took one end of my circular needle and pulled it out of the live stitches, and then proceeded to pull out the yarn, undoing every row until right before the mistake I’d made. Then I took my needle and put it back through every stitch. My friend was so worried that I was going to mess up all the stitches and everything I’d done by ripping out rows that way: I had shown her how to unpick stitches when a mistake had been made and she thought that’s what I should’ve done. Not when there are many rows to undo. If the stitches end up twisted back on the needle, I just knit into the back, and don’t worry if when putting the stitches back onto the needle, they’ve missed their back rung (does that make sense at all?) as it’s easy to just pick up that stitch in the next row, pull the back rung through the stitch and then knit it as normal. Ever since then, I’ve wondered is what I do when there are more than a few rows to rip back so unusual? Do you unpick every stitch in all the rows, or do you pull the needles out and have fun unraveling quickly?