Friday, January 06, 2006

WHAT hole?

You can open your eyes now. The knitting horror show is over.

Yesterday, when I got home from a guild meeting, I was too tired to summon up the necessary brain power to tackle the scary holes in the Feather and Fan Shawl. This morning I fiddled around doing this and that....anything to put off the inevitable. When it could be postponed no more, I got myself set up.

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I gathered all the necessary tools. A pillow covered in a plain white cloth (the better to see the dark yarn), the shawl itself, the pattern, the knitting needles, a couple of crochet hooks, a few skewers in case I needed extra "hands", the leftover yarn (in case some sort of grafting was necessary) and the tea. Tension Tamer tea!

After a few deep breaths I sat down and, starting with the largest hole, which happened to be the one closest to the edge, I counted down and found my place on the chart. Looking very, VERY closely at the work, and then the chart, back and forth, back and forth, I made a startling discovery. There were NO dropped stitches. I repeat, there were NO dropped stitches. Sure there were HOLES, but they were ALL caused by pulled threads. It was a simple matter of working the excess yarn back outward through the stitches until there were no loose stitches. The whole job, from brewing the tea to finishing the tidying up of the last hole took less than 30 minutes!

I'm so relieved I could just cry!

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And here we have the finished results. This WAS where the largest, most frightening hole was located.


Michelle said...

Yippee!! I'm very happy for you. Now get the shawl blocked so we can see it in its full glory!

Marlene said...

Michelle, it's blocking on the living room floor right now. It took me two hours and three boxes of pins to pin it out. This work kills my back!

Melanie said...

Awesome, Marlene. I'm eagerly anticipating pictures of the finished shawl. The colours are beautiful, as is the knitting.

dragon knitter said...

woot! cool beans! can't wait to see it!

Leisel said...

LOL... I'm so glad it turned out to be easy (at least compared to what you thought it would require)!

Funny... when you posted the pictures of the holes, I could not figure out what you meant at all with hole # 2. Sure, it looked a bit elongated, but I couldn't see how it was a hole.

e's knitting and spinning blog said...

Woo Hoo!! I'm so glad it wasn't a painful fix. It looks awesome and drapey gorgeous!