27
April
2005

Spiders and Frogs

I didn’t want to steal Marcel’s weekend thunder, so I didn’t mention that I also managed to finish the principal knitting on Charlotte’s Web on Sunday night (but no pictures because it was close to 10pm when I bound off and I promptly jumped up and packed for the business trip I’m currently on).

I actually bound off twice for it. The first time, I decided it wasn’t stretchy enough. So I tinked the bind off and redid it with a larger crochet hook. Has anyone else noticed that a standard bind off is really just crocheting across all the live stitches? That realization made binding off go so much more quickly for me — no risk of dropping that one stitch.

Anyway, for the 5 hour flight to Los Angeles, my take-along project was the I Do Shrug. When I boarded the plane, I was just about to where the split for the back occurs. When the plane landed, I was two rows away from the end of the right side. And I thought I found an error in the pattern.

Now, I usually knit without a net, but some strange bit of foresight encouraged me to stop in the airport sundry store and buy over-priced, minty dental floss so that I could put in a lifeline. The actual plan was to knit a couple of extra sections across the back so that when I fit it to Jen, I could take them out if needed. But the foresight told me to put one line just before the split as well.

So when I got to the hotel and e-mailed the pattern author about the potential error, I learned that what I thought was an error was actually supposed to be a short row. D’oh! Now, it’s not the end of the world. I could make the other side exactly the same way and it would all be just fine. But it grates at me. I sit in my meetings and hear it taunting me. So sometime before I get back on the plane home, I’ll be frogging it.



14 comments

  1. Jen:

    Awww, major bummer! Of course you know it’s OK with me however you do it. But if that missing short row will weigh on you as you watch me walk down the aisle, well…as you wish. :-) Good luck with the remainder!

  2. Jen:

    P.S. The sleeve looks AWESOME!

  3. opportunityknits:

    Hi, I’m knitting “I do” too, but I switched to finer gauge yarn. I haven’t reached this short row yet, hope I’ll recognise it when I get to it, but thanks for the warning!

  4. amy!:

    I should have mentioned. The short row in “I do” is Row 60.

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