My Yarn Along picture this week is looking remarkably similar to recent ones. Same-same book, same-same cardigan. But in the interests of truth in reporting, a more honest illustration of what I've been knitting and reading this week would be:
Hmmm... Yes, that's what not reading anything much and knitting something that no longer exists looks like.
I made a very big call on this book, declaring that it would be fantastic when I was just a chapter in. And it is very good. But because I'm not giving it the time and attention it deserves, I'm struggling to keep at it and therefore avoiding it at any cost. What I really need to do is take myself back to that first chapter and start over.
Starting over may have been the theme this week, at least with my Abalone's neckline. Having finished the body and grafted the shoulder seams, I got both armbands out of the way, then, shoulder to the wheel, I knuckled down to pick up about 300 stitches for the big circular neckband/front band thingamajig. I then worked the 16 rows required to create 8 'bumps'. It took most of the weekend.
The trouble is, with all that talk of jogless stripes in my head from last week, I decided I needed to do a jogless garter. So I did. Only to discover after 16 rows (4,800 stitches, or thereabouts, if you're counting) that the end-of-row marker had moved around to the side of the neck, meaning the seaming, though insignificant, would be visible. And while the garter may have been jogless, there was still a very obvious inconsistency in the stitching that, instead of being at the back of the neck where it was supposed to be in the first place, was now very firmly at the front in full view. Silly, silly, silly me. And apologies to any non-knitters who may be reading this gobbledegook.
Anyway, before attempting the epic applied i-cord cast-off, I decided to cut my losses and rip the whole thing out and start over.
But for a bad jogless garter call on my part, I'd have had a finished project to show you today.
Hoping there has been less ripping out for the other Yarn Alongers this week.