I’ve had some trouble lately starting and continuing what I had deemed my travel project. I just came back from a 10 day trip to Cape Cod and have very little progress to show. I’m taking on Awry using Habu Paper Linen yarn on #4 needles.
My first attempt ended up with being twisted in the round. Yup, after joining 30482309 times in the round, I still make that same mistake occasionally. Worst part is, I had stayed up late to join (probably the source of my mistake) the night before my flight so I had slept only 4 hours before waking up to leave. So I had knit about 9 rounds (and I cast on about 296 stitches) before realizing that fatal error. Of course I was enraged (on a plane) and just slipped off the cord for the provisional cast on AND my circular needles (note to everyone: DON’T DO THAT. the result is a heap of tangled yarn). And so I spent about 3 hours til I landed untangling (then ended up cutting the yarn at the impossible tangle that stripped it of its leaves).
I cast on 296 stitches again about 2 days later after I was done sulking (yes, this adult sulks at her knitting). Hopefully the yarn and needles (who I blamed completely for that error) had learned their lesson after that. And they did. This seemed to be successful, I completed about 4 inches of knitting by the end of my lovely vacation…all seemed well. Then on the plane ride home, I held it up and realized This shirt seems big. Oh gosh…this is double my size. DOUBLE. Let the frogging commence. “Luckily” my flight was delayed a lot. As in 3 hours a lot. So I spent those (trapped) 3 hours frogging and casting on and recalculating.
I re-cast on a little more than half those stitches (I refuse to believe that I’m 140-some stitches in circumference). And joined. FATAL ERROR. About 4 rounds in, I realized I twisted yet AGAIN. Who in their right mind would make such a silly mistake…AGAIN? One would think that a) knowing how to knit in the round for years now and b) making that mistake a mere 10 days earlier, I would have been more careful. Nope. (halfway through the flight now)
Note the label “attempt.” I haven’t found an error yet. But I have dropped the cord from the provisional cast on once and then realized I should secure it a little better. Luckily I’m on the hem round and so far so good..but I’m not getting too cocky yet. I guess this may have cured my start-itis for now…I’m shooting to finish at least a handful of my current WIPs before starting the Christmas knitting next month.
Though this may have seemed to be a nightmare of a problem project, I still love the yarn, love the needles, and love the project. I guess it’s the stubborn-ness in me that keeps me going.
In other news, it’s 2 days ’til the big moving day. And by big moving day, I mean moving about 1,200 miles away from where I’ve grown up. I guess it’s become-an-adult-time! (That also means, I’ll try to post between now and next week but that may or may not happen)