Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Here is how it ended...much better than it started...

How did it start? Well, let me explain that for starters I've been trying to knit at night AFTER Mom and Dad go to bed(my niece, too..she's been here for 3 nights)...hard when the two projects I'm working on are Mom's Birthday sweater and niece's Christmas scarf...Last night I was trying to get the 2 sleeves done, so all I'd have left to do is sew them into the sweater and do the neck/button band and be finished by her Birthday dinner on Sunday.

All looked really well, as my niece wasn't going to be spending the night..her bedtime is 9pm so the house had to be quiet by then and sitting on the bed in the bedroom is very uncomfortable to knit that way. I THOUGHT I was home free...until ABC announced that Barbara Walters had a 10pm interview with Obama. rats. So, as the interview was nearly over I was thrilled, again...until they said...and I quote..."We'll have more of Barbara's interview later tonight on NIGHTLINE." GRRRRRRRRRRRR...

So, I trudged into the bedroom where I discovered I had 3 inches to finish - not the one inch I thought I had. double grrrrrrrrrrrr... I got started and knit until 3:30am when I couldn't keep my eyes opened any longer.

I woke up at 9am-ish and got right to work. After working both sleeves on one needle at the same time...I was nearly there. I ended up doing the last 10 rows, one sleeve at a time. The first one was finished (yipee!) and I'd cut the thread...onto the last one..1 hour 15 mins left to go before leaving for my brother's for Thanksgiving Dinner. About that time, Mom started knocking on the door REPEATEDLY. She was telling me the buss was leaving. I said...no it's not...I'm fine...yadda yadda yadda. Then she opened the door as I shoved the sleeve under the blankets and had the scarf out on the bed...JUST IN CASE as a decoy. When I picked the sleeve back up ...I was certain (insert the music) I was home free.

Ok...start laughing now...(or just pour me a double Jack and Diet coke)....

I got the 2nd sleeve done and had cut the thread. I was ready to do some back flips..cartwheels and wanted to shout from the heavens. I had (see...past tense here)...planned on giving the sleeves and quick block while we were out of the house so they'd be ready to sew in tonight.

Wrong....look at this first pictures...can you tell what's wrong on the left sleeve?


Here's a close up of the problem....can you see it now? The 2nd cable from the top was crossed in the wrong direction. GRRRRRR.....


This is how the sleeve looks right now. I'm NOT happy for this 'blessing' to re-knit this sleeve tonight. Heaven only knows WHEN they'll go to bed tonight.

Here's hoping your Thanksgiving is filled with lots of Blessings so numerous you run out of fingers and toes to count them all on! (and your knitting won't need to be ripped...)

Miss you kiddos! Hugs and love and blessings to you all.

2 comments:

shari said...

That's a shame... you really need to learn how to drop the stitches down, re-cross the cable and latch the stitches back up. Much preferable to ripping and re-knitting since it's only about 3 stitches that would have to be re-done over those 16 or so rows

Cathy said...

Oh, trust me, I know. That's how I started this sweater to correct the mistakes in the written pattern. But, with the stress of trying to knit it in secret and get out the door in time for dinner, I just pulled it out. It felt better at that moment. So much for 'thinking' it through-huh?

Thanks for the suggestion. Maybe when I'm not saying 'impolite' words under my breath, I'll remember that I do know how to do that.