Out of words

Now, I try to be a lady, but there are those of you who have met me and will know that the length and breadth of my vocabulary is peppered with words of all kinds and expletives of an expansive and creative nature when they are called for and the company is right. Why, I’ve even been known to use crass words from other languages when my own is not sufficient, and can even string filth together if the situation is demanding enough. (A recent bad burn on my arm provoked a particularly gifted outburst.) Now, usually, since I have a respect for both words and my readers and because I feel that with proper thoughtfulness one can express oneself without risking a rating for “adult language” I keep the blog pretty clean. Not today. (Turn back now if you are overly sensitive, a small child (did you ask your mummy if you could be on this website?) impressionable or inclined to complain.)

This picture, this picture I’m about to show you stripped me of all of those lovely words, and my g-rating. It would seem that S.Kate, our intrepid lady of the comments got to thinking about a problem with her shawl and made a connection with the technique for dropping back cables that I showed a few days ago. Many people (S.Kate included, it would appear) wondered if the same technique used to correct one bad cable could be used to correct an isolated problem with a lace pattern.

S.Kate kept thinking…and then she emailed me this.



I boggled. I reeled. I tried to get ahold of myself, but the panic swelled up in me. I told her about this technique. She’s a friend of mine. What have I gotten her into? What have I done! What has she done! (What if I can’t stop using exclamation points!!) What will happen now! My eyes were sweating. My stomach cramped, I saw double and wondered if I should call her. What if the phone startled her? She’s got to be pretty jumpy. If the phone gets her at a wrong moment I could compound my sins. I sat staring at the picture and I tried to figure out how she got into this and how she would get out and I thought about emailing her back and I opened my mouth and only two words would come out.

Holy shit.

Pardon my french. I’m going to go lie down. May the knitting muses cradle S.Kate in the palm of their hands.

286 thoughts on “Out of words

  1. That decides it – I’m definately using the voodoo method for my dodgy cable now! Almost makes me glad I’m working today rather than think about it!! (and the exclamation marks are contagious!!!)

  2. Scary shit indeed! And somewhat morbid and beautiful all at the same time. Knitting carnage! Good luck with that, S.Kate.

  3. You didn’t call her? To make sure she’s okay?
    Oh wait, that would create the phone problem…
    Don’t leave us hanging!

  4. *blinks* There just aren’t words… It scares me just looking at it… I will now have nightmares of doing this on my Kiri shawl… that’s in KidSilk Haze x.x

  5. I love the t-pins. I never would have thought of that. The one time I was close to something like that I had done a double decrease at the center stitch instead of a double increase. I had to rip. There just wouldn’t be enough yarn to make up the stitches. So what did S.Kate do? (To do get into this situation, not out of it…)

  6. um, what came out of my mouth was no better. Ya know that famous soccer announcer who shouts “goooooooooaaaaaaaallllllll” and can make those vowels last longer than any proud southener? I said the f word in much the same way.
    love & laughter,
    Moon Torbett
    Knoxville, Tennessee

  7. I think its gonna work. And if it does, and maybe moreso if it doesn’t, I will get down on my knees and thank S.Kate because I’ve been wondering the very same thing!

  8. OooooH! One of the first comments, Yipee! S**T is my family’s favorite exclamation under stress, we don’t consider it swearing! 4 generations! I think it is genetic. And I totally agree with your shock!

  9. Why didn’t I think of all those T-Pins when I did that to MY lace??
    I’d learned the cable trick a few years back.
    I too thought “If it works on cables, why not on lace?”
    I’ve tried with mixed resultd. Sometimes, it’s been brilliant!
    Others, disaster.
    You WILL let us know whether S.Kate succeeded? I’m thinking those T-pins are going to increase her likelihood trememdously!

  10. I love a good challenge, and that’s a simple lace pattern (thank goodness!!) Here, where do you live, S Kate hon, I’ll pop on over. Warm up the hot chocolate. It can be done.

  11. That’s brave. Really, really brave. There’s gotta be some sort of knitting war medal she deserves for that one (especially if she made it out of there alive). Cursing totally appropriate.
    P.S. I finished the baby knitting. Can I go into labour now please?

  12. What a woman! You GO girl. Very thoughtfully planned out and I’m breathless to see the shawl knit back. We must celebrate our brave Knitters! And what a clean rug –

  13. Ohhh BUGGER! and if she canna fix it a bigger BUGGER and Damn it all to hell.
    She is one bloody minded and perverse knitter to do that.
    I like the way she thinks though. I beleive that she will fix the shawl and after blocking will never be able to tell what she had done.
    I send warm positive knitterly thoughts to S.Kate. Go Kate Go

  14. Wish I could write the art-review on this piece. – “This conceptual artist uses the traditional women’s medium of yarn and knitting to lucidly and vividly express the deconstruction of the goddess spirit in today’s sense of the feminine by the rending forces of stress in our harried daily lives. The sharp pins clearly plot our many anxieties pulling us this way and that, distorting the organic curves of our life forces into artificially architectural lines and angles. We feel dis-organized, distorted, distanced from our intended shaping, and frightend by the crisp black and white sorrow of it all. Her brilliant use of a few pastel “needles” only serve to highlight the poignancy of the overall effect.”
    Hey, you can read meaning into anything if you try hard enough. It looks like art to me.

  15. Your language wasn’t nearly as scary as the picture! Definitely not g-rated :). BTW, we’re excited that you are coming to Los Altos in September. DD (8 1/2) and I are looking forward to seeing you (along with 200+ other people apparently).

  16. Merde! That is the scariest thing I ever saw on the internet, including the site with the exploding whale. Hoping for a happy ending!

  17. We of course need a follow up to this in a couple of days to see if the miracle actually occurs! Brave Woman!

  18. Yeah, what came out of my mouth started with an f, not an s, but since these are your comments, allow me to just say “Oh, crap,” because that’s a gentler facsimile of what I would say if that were my knitting I was looking at. S. Kate, I salute you. Good luck. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Keep us updated!)

  19. Holy shit is right. I almost threw up. That is serious knitting surgery. I hope the patient (and the doctor) make it. Jeesh.

  20. HOLY F###!!!! If anything, think of all the positive knitting energy in the universe being sent in this direction….it HAS to work.

  21. Actually, I think S. Kate is pretty damn tricky. She put a lot of thought into this, and seems to have carefully removed each row and even pinned it individually. I think it is doable-just going to take a lot of delicate patience. Now if it were me, it would just be one wadded mess of tangled lace-unsaveable crap that would be of an unspeakable nature.
    However, we should all have a copy of that pic-just to threaten our lace with, if it should decide to mess with us. Gotta keep the upperhand baby, gotta keep the upperhand.

  22. I think that’s a good descriptive phrase. ๐Ÿ™‚ I do like the idea of using t-pins, though. I usually just let the threads hang down so I’ll grab the wrong one.
    Go for it S.Kate, you can do it!

  23. Ouch. While it is certainly a neat operation, it is also more complex than, say, your average knitter would want to take on. I’d put a time limit on it (say 1 day, or 2) and then eat frog soup. Good Luck S. Kate…
    Stephanie – maybe your tutorials should come with a warning?

  24. I thought it was a dreamcatcher at first…and then…not. Impressive, either way it turns out.

  25. Totally doable, but still scary. I generally don’t think things like that through before I do it and the last time I did something like that it was about midnight and there were tears involved. But, it ended up ok. I have faith in S.Kate

  26. I *believe*, (in fairies), it can be done, I really do believe she will pull this one off, with an incredibly healthy dose of patience. And your response was mild, verra mild, I’ve been known to turn the air into a blue fog over our home. Looking forward to seeing the finished fix.

  27. I know it’s doable. I’ve done it, though mine wasn’t pinned as prettily.
    It may not be fun or fair to take the mystery out of it, but all she’s doing is laddering down the isolated area where her lace pattern went awry and reknitting that area row by row.
    Ladder the area down carefully until the mistake is gone. Selecting the stitches to ladder is the hardest part, especially if your lace involves an increasing or decreasing number of stitches, but you can ladder a “wedge” of stitches down to the originating yarn-over.
    Slip the affected stitches on to a dpn. Grab the first ladder and use it to knit, in pattern. (Usually) purl back the next row. Every second row on a stockinette based lace is just purling back. Keep moving up until you’ve reknit all the ladders. It takes patience and accuracy, but it’s very doable.
    But maybe I ought to be putting this in the article I’m *supposed* to be writing on correcting knitting mistakes instead of in blog comments?
    Nah. . .

  28. I have laddered down a braid cable to fix a mistake that was WAY down. It made me sick yet amazingly it worked.
    Seeing this brings that same sick feeling back, yet I believe it is possibly doable to fix. Extremely complex, not something I would ever try, but it capable hands I think S. Kate can do it.

  29. Oh…my… That’s definitely mind-boggling. It’s also freakin’ brilliant (I think). You and S.Kate will let us know how the surgery turn out, won’t you? What a cliff-hanger!

  30. Schnikies!! I couldn’t look at that picture but for a second or two. We must know the ending, really really really hope it’s a happy one!
    And kudos to S.Kate for her courage. I’da ripped it. Or, more likely, ignored it.

  31. Personal Conundrum Time: What’s scarier, seeing the Harlot cut steeks or…THAT?
    Any and all noises I could make to answer such a question could not be even remotely considered ‘words’ and therefore cannot be captured by the limited range of the English alphabet.
    My brain has been reverted to simpleton-stage by that photo…”It looks like string-art!” is not a helpful thought…

  32. Oh my Lord! I’m pouring a glass of wine right now.
    And yet the pinning was a brilliant maneuver, and it fills me with optimism and hope.
    But Steph? Maybe you should give her a call…

  33. Wow. On the one hand I’m really impressed by the T-pin idea; on the other I’m wondering how she’s going to knit it back up if the whole part she needs to work on is pinned down? Regardless, she is a very brave woman and deserved our admiration and respect!

  34. Seeing the picture, I got the uncontrollable shivers. Combined with the desire to throw up. Holy crap. Nightmares are sure to follow. Godspeed S. Kate, Godspeed.

  35. *whimper* I have successfully laddered a honeycomb pattern in worsted, but I would quail before lace in lace-weight. S. Kate surely deserves a medal for just the attempt.
    All together now, let’s clap if we believe.

  36. You’re doing better than me. My first words were “Oh, f—.”
    I’ve done this before, knitting doilies, and have maybe a fifty percent success rate. (Maybe.) SKate has all my best wishes for luck. It IS possible to give up and tear back, if it doesn’t work. But it’s another bad word.

  37. I know you’ve got better that “holy shit” in your extensive vocabulary. In fact, I don’t believe that’s what you said…I know it’s no where near what I said!!!

  38. After the F word, I’m just speechless. I consider myself a good knitter, but have no freaking clue on performing surgery. Picking up a dropped stitch boggles my mind at times.
    It might be best if someone stops by to make sure she’s not tangled, passed out, or impaled on pins.

  39. Well, wheew. Hmmmmm.
    Let me say this. My grandmother was the sweetest, most gentle woman I have ever known; but when the chips were down and the situation was just that bad she used the one “curse” word she ever used. Shit. It just sums it up. Looking at that photo made me feel dizzy and even I needed to put my head between my knees. Wow. I have my needles crossed for you.

  40. I thought you would use a word a lot more explicit than shit. Unfortunately my 9 month old son is saying something that sounds remarkably like that word and I think it’s my fault. I’ll say a little knitting prayer for S. Kate and all the enablers like you =)

  41. I have to tell you I’m a bit disappointed. That was mild for a reaction to that picture. After your build up I was expecting something much more cathartic. I know, you were thinking it but you couldn’t bring yourself to blog it. Go on, we can take it. You know you want to.

  42. Holy crap. That is one big, bad mess.
    That is so bad my son( 2 years old) stopped nursing, pointed at the picture and said ‘ Uh oh Mama-‘.lol

  43. I don’t even know what that is. Is that electronics? Is that some sort of motherboard she wants you to fix?
    Please tell me that’s not knitting.

  44. She is brilliant, pinning up those ends. And she is brave. Very very brave. I am proud to be in her company on your blog.

  45. Wow… ONLY “holy shit”?? I better go wash out my mouth…I said much worse when I scrolled for the photo. The horror in that photo does take the breath away. Looks like the theory behind the repair is sound… she’s a much stronger woman than I. She has all of her “ladders” staked firmly down, and assuming she picks up correctly and doesn’t have a panic attack whilst doing the surgery the outcome looks bright. She IS going to send you a photo to post of the post surgical site?
    Pass the screech… or what ever you have handy!
    Happy knitting?!?

  46. Sometimes it is just darned eerie what you discuss can so parallel my dilemmas. Last week I was struggling with this one. I managed to put it right, except the ssk and ktog were in opposite places from where they should have been, so I frogged. I tell myself I like to knit and if I’m knitting more rows, it’s OK. Sometimes I believe it too. The T pins are a great idea! In hindsight ( always the best teacher ) I should have graphed out the design, pinned it out like S.Kate and worked back up through the rows with a crochet hook, celebrating afterward with the appropriate libation. I’m sending good thoughts her way.

  47. Looks to me like a dopped up spider has made a mess of his web. HOLY CRAP!!! Never in my lifetime will I ever undertake to fool with this sort of thing !! Scared the crap out of me to look at it!! I just know I’ll have night mares to night. POOR S Kate will probably be up all night AFRAID to sleep. PLEASE let us know she is alright or has she been admitted already ? Thank God it isn’t mine –I’ll lie down now for S Kate and say a prayer for her. PLEASE let us know she is ok .HOLY SMOLY Steph –YOU are the one to tell her about this so for GOODNESS sake call her–make sure she is still breathing

  48. Holy Bat, Crapman! This is why I call many of my knitting mistakes ‘fabric character’.

  49. *blink*
    I’m sure I didn’t see that. It takes a lot to make the Yarn Harlot speechless. I congratulate S.Kate and hope she can pull this one off.

  50. This is totally doable. I’ve done it. Not with T-pins, though. The T-pins are brilliant. And yes, sometimes it beats tinking. Tinking 10 rows (or whatever that is ) with, say, 800 stitches per row just isn’t going to happen. You have to ladder down or go crazy.
    Best of luck, Kate S.

  51. Holy SHIT, by the time she took it apart in such a great manner she could have pulled it out and reknitted it, I am so impressed with the orderliness in which she showed us the problem, there must be a place for such a skill, Frankly I would have left the mistake in, it is amazing how much the eye wants orderliness and fills in what it expects to see there. And as someone once said, unless you can see the mistake from a galloping horse then it isn’t worth fixing!

  52. Impressive S. Kate. Very impressive. Yeah. No. Good Luck in your endeavors. I’d go with what Roxie says….about art and stuff.
    There should be a rule: No fixing anything with yarn overs…..it’s just too mind boggling. For me, well, I’d have to ROSA (Rip Out Start Again). Be Brave oh courageous one.

  53. Wow.
    My two-word response was identical.
    Well at least the fix I have to do on the 3×3 rib portion of a tank in the round doesn’t seem so bad.

  54. I’m completely and utterly gobsmacked…..and I can’t stop looking at the photo – I feel so cold….

  55. omg omg omg omg omg.
    That is *scary*. So scary. Excuse me while I go drink heavily in S.Kate’s honor.
    (Heh. I’ve read and adored your blog for a long time now, and *this* is what gets me posting…)

  56. When I was faced with a similar mistake in a shawl I recently made, my solution was more like your second one. I got some of the yarn and tied a little knot and wove in the loose ends, and it fixed the mistake so nobody could see it anymore (not even me!). I would never have the nerve to unravel lace. I would also hate to frog it back. One should always ask oneself — can I live with this little quirk in the knitting?

  57. Wow…S.Kate is much braver than I. But i don’t believe for a minute that your first words were as mild as you proclaim ๐Ÿ™‚
    Can’t wait to see if it works.

  58. It’s totally doable. I’ve seen people do it. I’ve actually done it myself, though on a practice swatch. I’m actually signed up for a “Fixing Lace Mistakes” class that will show me how to this exact thing.
    The T-pins are frickin’ brilliant! I’m always afraid I’ll pick the wrong ‘rung’ in the ladder. This kind of surgery takes many deep breaths and a very firm resolve. But it is doable.

  59. I see an organised and thinking knitter correcting a mistake, no biggy and she’ll sort it just fine. The T pins are a brilliant idea, it beats my efforts of knitting it back up only to turn for the purl row to find that I’ve been using the wrong strand of yarn. Don’t ask me how many times I’ve done that on the same fix.

  60. I hope S.Kate got her affairs in order and has arranged (if need be) for alternative guardianship for her children/pets before she embarked in this. “Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid….”

  61. Yowser! It looks like a freakish cross between a Spirograph and a pile of pick-up sticks. S. Kate’s braver than I am but she probably figured she had nothing to lose. If it doesn’t work (and with her organized approach, it probably will) she’s going to have to rip the whole thing back anyway, and if it does it saves her bacon the next time it happens.
    Sh*t was the only cuss word my Mom used (her other “strong” language was Jesus Murphy). One day my then 2yo son (now 24) was “helping” her make a chocolate cake when her elbow caught the stoneware bowl and sent it crashing down to the floor where it shattered and sent dark chocolate batter splattering everywhere. As she gazed speechless and stunned at the mess, my sweet little son looked up at her and said “Oh sh*t Oma?”. We learned to use my dad’s “cuss” words around him from then on- frog fur or bat pflegm.

  62. Sweet Zombee Jebus!
    Actually, i’ve done that a time or two on my olympic shawl. (still working on it!) Of course, I’ve never actually FIXED the problem, I’ve just made it look ok…at a distance…
    It looks wrong if you look closely, because it is wrong…but if you get that close, chances are you are within kicking distance. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Still the look of it all pined out like that was enough to make my heart stop for a moment.

  63. Now here’s my question – will S Kate email you with the results immediately? Or will she leave you on tenterhooks??

  64. Holy Crap!!!
    Kate, we’re worried about you. Are you OK? maybe someone should call…or go by her house with a bottle of {insert adult beverage of choice here}

  65. Yeah, I think holy shit sounds about right.
    I gave up the need for absolute perfection in the freaking enormous lace shawl I’m making. I decided that a few mistakes give it character. Oh, and holy crap. I just now calculated the number of stitches in the main body. It’s nearly 150,000, which doesn’t seem at all possible. Wow, so even if 20odd stitches are wrong, that’s statistically insignificant.
    But back to this. Amazing, and I do actually get the desire to try it. And just going back through your archives, you kind of did a one-stitch version of this on some color work, no?

  66. At first glance this looks like the biggest mess imaginable and definitely deserving of a *#!!^*! but, on second look, I think that with careful thought and lots of patience, it may be possible. The pins were a master stroke. And what’s the worst that can happen? Just that it will have to be frogged back after all. So why not give it a try? See how calm and encouraging I am? And all because of one simple fact, it’s not MY shawl! Good luck, S.Kate. Please let us know how it turns out.

  67. You know… The scarier part, to me, was having you (Yarn Harlot) be scared for S. Kate. Personally, I thought that the “good” method for repairing the cable looked pretty scary, but there comes a point where you start having trouble determining levels of scariness.
    I hope it comes out okay!!

  68. OMG, OMG, OMG — She is brave, isn’t she? Good on ya S.Kate. Err, errmm, I have done this with quite good success on a rayon boucle shawl I made years ago. I also think the use of the T-pins is quite brilliant. Can’t wait to find out what happened. ๐Ÿ™‚ Di

  69. OMG!!!!!!!! I don’t think I can think about that, my brain is about to explode…
    I admire your restraint in choice of swear-words. In our household, that has been the one of choice, and my baby sister’s first word as well… of course, now she’s almost 15 (can’t believe it) and probably using it just as much now as our mom did when Paige was little! ๐Ÿ™‚

  70. That looks like a mechanical and logical mind at work. Pinning it down so it doesn’t move around is genious. Can we see it if it works out? Lie to us if it doesn’t.

  71. Holy crap, you have to help her! Though I don’t speak from the goodness of my heart-I am about to rip out 10 rows of a feather and fan AGAIN because I dropped 2 lousy stitches and I can’t even figure out where they should be. S. Kate has been much more diligent and I am inspired, but you have to tell her/us what to do next!!!

  72. I don’t understand all the hulabaloo. I know her stuff, and this is not suprising at all to me, based on what I’ve seen her do before. Yes, you are all correct to express your praise in the form of “shock”, but, really, probably to her, this isn’t such a big deal, just another method of fixing a mistake. Which means she made a mistake to begin with.

  73. S. Kate is the bravest person I’ve ever seen! Steph, there is no way you should take responsibility for her jumping off this cliff. Nothing in your post about some niffty little tricks for fixing a cable would have suggested this! Best wishes to both of you!

  74. Mein Gott im Himmel!
    S. Kate, the t pins show a genius at work! I’ve done the
    lace fixing bit, but you have to be SO careful to pick up the
    right strands – that methodical t pinning shows a true
    genius stroke.

  75. Holy Crap!! I would have just ripped it all out. I wouldn’t have been nearly as pretty, but I would still have hair on my head.

  76. To quote my oft-quotable mother, “Fuck a D-U-C-K” – but then she was excitable and often forgot to spell the right word. I’m amazed, but have confidence…

  77. Gasp!
    I sure hope we get an ‘after’ photo after the shock of this one. ::::shuddering::::

  78. Was the mistake that bad? Was there logic as to where the pins were placed? Please keep us posted.

  79. Stephanie,
    This is my first reply to you. I have been a silent follower of your blog for awhile now. It has been fun to follow your adventures and meet other knitters via your traveling sock! I am a knitter and spinner from Michigan.
    I found myself smiling when I read this post — it brought back memories of a yellow cotton lace cardigan that I was knitting in Spain when I was 13. I mastered reknitting back then (about 40 years ago) on a section of lace in that cardigan. I was too mad to frog (way) back to the goof and I had too much pride to leave the mistake there, so I thought if I just blocked off that section and dropped it down I could fix it and save myself all of that time. Once I found out how easy that was, I’ve never since been intimidated by this kind of repair work.
    I have lots of knitting stories to tell. I am a U.S. Navy veteran from the Vietnam War era, and I took my knitting to work with me back then. During my enlistment, I was stationed for two years in Italy. I would meet my neighbors in the courtyard with my knitting in tow. I didn’t speak very much Italian and they didn’t speak much English, but that never got in the way of swapping knitting patterns or sharing our knitting projects! Any barriers that were there came down when they found out I had sewing machine that made buttonholes! I used to ride my bicycle over 20 miles almost every payday to a small town that had a magnificent yarn shop so I could stock up on those beautiful yarns. The clerk there would laugh because it wasn’t a common thing for an American girl to ride her bike to shop there, and all I could think of was “go ahead and laugh, I just bought Phildar for about $1 a skein,” which was a good deal even back then for those beautiful wool yarns.
    Now I’m a church administrator (Don’t throw yarn at me, OK? I love what I do.), and I still take my knitting to work. I broke with tradition and brought my knitting to church (gasp — yes, even in worship). (Can you feel the stares?) Yep, it was almost a declaration of war, but I figured I’d already been through one of those and this couldn’t (and shouldn’t) be that bad. I listen better when my hands are busy and always have (and it’s rather difficult to mind someone else’s business when you’re concentrating on your own!). “We’ve” since gotten over the trauma and now a few others bring their knitting, too and you’ll find us on most Wednesday nights and some Sunday mornings gathered together and sharing our latest projects. Aside from the office work, one of the ministries I have started here here is a shawl ministry and I also rescue frazzled knitters! It raised a few eyebrows at first when frustrated knitters would bring in their problems for help, but the pastor I work for doesn’t mind and now the chair on our Staff-Parish group is a knitter (who was also one of the frazzled ones who is knitting very well now; she gave me a copy of your Secret Life of a Knitter which I enjoyed very much) and so, for now at least, all is well.
    Wouldn’t it be a wonderful world if the knitters took over?

  80. I, too, don’t believe for one minute that “holy shit” was the best you came up with. lol I know it’s the MILDEST phrase that passed through my mind at the sight of that photo! I’m sure S. Kate will figure it out. I just hope someone is standing by to replace all the pointy objects with a glass of wine when she’s done. Good luck, Kate!

  81. Ouch! It hurts me to look at it. I say shellac it and hang it on the wall. It’s kinda pretty with all the pins…

  82. Wish I’d have thought to use t-pins when I did a similar repair on the Wedding Ring Shawl! It sure would have helped to hold back those strands of gossamer silk that were flappin’ in the breeze. Ah, well.
    Best of luck to S.Kate with her repair!

  83. Wowza… I hope she’s able to dig out from that crazy surgery. That picture brought to mind a line from the movie Airplane, “I guess I picked the wrong week to stop drinking.”

  84. I’m up with the complementary and holistic medicine and all, but I’m not sure acupuncture is going to fix that shawl. Maybe something more in the homeopathic range?

  85. I rip and re-knit like that all the time. It’s fun! I do like the T-pins — excellent idea. That part of the Hyrna Herborgar should be pretty quick to fix.

  86. Oh. My. God. Oh. My. God. (Repeat about 20 more times.)
    Do you know S.Kate’s neighbour? Perhaps you could call her and ask her to check in on the poor dear?
    Oh. My. God. Even my hubby claims that is a “real problem.”

  87. Holy shit indeed. That looks like one of those games where you start with a tangle of lines and you have get it so that none of them touch each other.
    I think my brain just exploded.

  88. To totally steal from Juno’s book of phrases….fuck,fuck,fuckity, fuck.
    The sight makes me dizzy. Will there be a part 2 to this post to show us all how you magically bail her out?

  89. Hi Stephanie
    Sorry, but I have to admit to running back lace and knitting back up. I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to knitting. [ A real curse I may add! ] There was no way I was frogging 2 inches and reknitting it when I could just fix the mistake.
    One project , which took me 6 months including the spinning was so complicated, as in a intarsia panelled shawl, I got quite good at this as each panel had a different pattern which I discovered was a real pain as I couldn’t knit straight across. Can’t shoot the designer as it was me!! Needless to say I “lost” the pattern to this when I had finished it. [May post a pic of this soon if I can find the pic that is.]
    I have tho had to frog a shawl when I discovered that I had knitted a “5th” corner into the border of a square shawl. No way was running back going to fix that problem!!
    I have discovered tho that using my lace bobbin pillow and pins great for fixing mistakes and grafting lace.
    Good luck S. Kate!!!

  90. Hm…does this also make me crazy? The t-pins are a brilliant idea, though. I recreated about a dozen rows on Kiri back before I “memorized” the pattern and figured it was something more experienced knitters did all the time and that I should just suck it up and fix my mistake instead of ignoring it.
    I’ll have to remember the pins next time.

  91. Major surgery calls for General Anesthesia! I would definitely want to be knocked out!- and hope that when I woke up the knitting fairies had fixed that holy mess! Certainly out of my league.

  92. Sigh…S.Kate…
    It’s fixable, with pattern instructions/chart. Just concentrate, and go slow. Or get a clear picture, ie. study the pattern WELL, and go at a comfortable pace. Also, any kind of booze is not advisable; you’ve already had too much.

  93. The-photo-could-be-the-genesis-for-a-‘knitters’/type-greeting-card-with-the-caption:

  94. Holy Crap – that looks so scary – I’d be frogging the whole thing and starting over
    Best wishes S. kate for a speedy recovery to your work.

  95. Why did S. Kate ever think she could use the cable fix technique on lace? Oh, I know why, because we’re just knitters, not brain surgeons and it just’s knitting after all.

  96. I am going to try this if ever I have the need, but I am going to get at least seven uninterrupted hours’ sleep first. And it had better be a mellow time of month.

  97. I’m guessing that she doesn’t have pets or kids? Here kitty kitty….. sorry, I momentarily lost control.

  98. As absolute as my faith in S.Kate’s abilities is, that photo? It’s like making someone with a weak stomach watch hip replacement surgury.

  99. 16 rows (I counted the pins). I think it can be done if she’s able to knit forwards and backwards with acrobatic yarn overs.
    Think about what it’d look like without the pins. Have yourself a little drinkie.
    Remember, never underestimate a stubborn knitter.

  100. Holy Sweet Merciful Arachne. How?? HOW??? Where would you begin to fix that? Nightmare-inducing…there are no words…

  101. I look at pictures before reading blogs.
    initial thought: what the hell has she done to her perfectly good knitting?
    second: that’s going to be really revealing if it’s blocking like that.
    third: maybe it’s some freaky new kind of lace. it’s kind of pretty.
    fourth: what the hell is it?

  102. Ack. I hope this is like one of those suspenseful shows where they leave you hanging with the possibility of horrific outcomes, and although you are completely tense and worried, deep down you know the good guy will win out in the end.
    I hope.

  103. Let us all bow our heads to whatever personal deity protects us as we knit, and send a prayer up for S.Kate. I think she is going to need it. Was it devine providence or an evil spirit that inspired her to attempt this?

  104. I haven’t had to go quite that deep, but she looks like she’s well on the way. The hardest part is figureing out where you are in the pattern once you get beyond the mistake.
    Keeping the waiting rows on tpins is sheer genius. (Stealing that idea!) I just have one comment, I hope there’s a lifeline in there somewhere!
    Please, be sure she sends an ‘after’ photo, and sending good knitting vibes for a good result.

  105. take her out for cocktails before she completely loses her mind, then tomorrow worry about the knitting.

  106. Seriously. Whoa. I’ll go knit a nice, safe washcloth now. Somebody send S. Kate a Xanax… Seriously.

  107. What The Frell?!?!? S.Kate must be BRAVE, organized and metculous! And yea, don’t leave us hanging!!! I’m not so brave yet. I’ve opted for frogging (and now) using life lines in my Candle Flame Shawl and the darn thing is only 90 some stitches wide!

  108. Could someone bring me the smelling salts? I’m gonna pass out! I don’t want to know what someone will need to bring Kate.
    We’re with you, girl. Easy does it; a little bit at a time. Let us know how it goes.

  109. Hm… I have to tell you, English-speaking folks, that my language offers much better sounding curses than yours.. most of them offer a nice rhythm interlaced with long r’s… anyways, I used my native equivalent of oh my, that looks peculiar;-). I cannot knit lace and I’ll keep it so.

  110. I kind of feel responsible for this, since it was my original plea that brought about the cable-fixing tutorial. But S. Kate, I bow my Shetland shawl covered head to you.

  111. Relax, everybody…this is TOTALLY doable. S. Kate has made an excellent start. She’s put the ripped-back stitches on a holder so they’re no longer live, and she’s isolated the strands for each row so she can easily figure out which strand comes next. Well done.
    (This is far more organized a method than I have ever used – I always just wing it and pray that I’ve chosen the correct strand for the next row.)
    All she has to do now is re-work the five (looks like five, anyway) stitches, row by row, strand by strand, in the correct way, until there are no more strands left.
    Tedious, yes. But completely possible. You go, S. Kate!

  112. And people wonder why I have never attempted lacework. I’m frightened, Auntie Em, I’m frightened!

  113. It looks like she has isolated the problem nicely and now she just has to take her time and use all her patience.
    Personally, I would have thrown the entire work out the window.
    We shall need closure on this, por favor.
    I am keeping S. Kate in my thoughts and sending good kharma her direction.

  114. I did something like this (bigger, perhaps… oy…) approximately four times in the past two weeks while knitting my very straightforward Icarus shawl. Note to self: pick movies that are more boring so that when you’re watching the pretty people on the tee-vee you don’t slip two YOs/k2togs somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 rows down. (Twice.)
    Lead on!

  115. S. Kate is the most intrepid, fearless, it-can-be-done-cause-I-said-so kind of woman.
    I think it’s one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while, all those t-pins so neatly arranged…
    That said, I would have to do it one freaking stitch at a time, with bottle of Jim Beam nearby. And I haven’t touched bourbon in a reeeeeal long time, honey…

  116. My late father came to mind when I saw that- and the comments on use of foul language. Back in the 60’s- around the time of my birth, a columnist in Cincinnati wrote a column on colorful people he knew there. My dad was mentioned as “the only man (the columnist) knew that could cuss for 15 minutes straight and not repeat himself once.” Ah, to achieve such heights of greatness. He passed away when I was 13, so I never got to learn the secrets of a master cusser, but if that happened to me, I think I could close- maybe 5 min., and a good stiff drink or 4.
    Thoughts and prayers to the knitting goddess for S. Kate and her lace. And I’ll have a drink in her honor later. Please keep us posted on the progress.

  117. Not to worry, knitting sensei. It can be done with some patience and the aid of your beverage of choice. I know because I’ve done it. My brain went on a coffee break for 10 stitches on a shawl I was doing, so I fixed it the same way. I figured the worst that could happen was that I would end up frogging it back anyway, but when it worked, I felt fiendishly clever.
    You should instead be proud that you inspired your devoted fans to flex their knitting skills!

  118. I tend to swear a lot (though I manage not to swear TOO much in my blog), but I looked at that picture and all that came out was, “Oh dear.” Whimper.
    So what happened?!

  119. Ohhhhhh. Myyyyyy.
    That is a frightening photo, but it really does look like S. Kate has it all under control…
    …it’s aliiiive, you’ve created a monster!!!
    Steph, i think you need some good wine and a bit of a lie down, Dear! Quit looking at the picture, it’ll be fine!

  120. OK, my mind is boggled. I think though, one of my next knitting projects will be a felted stuffed log about 2″ in diameter and 6″ long. To what end? To attach each strand in order with a tiny brass safety pin so that I can flip the work back and forth during repairs so I don’t have to work backwards as I knit up, just keep rolling the log to reveal the next strand. I am loathe to sew unless there’s no other option, and the sight of the T-pins somehow brings me to a vision of twitching strands strands of yarn spewing small, sharp pieces of metal into my work, which will no doubt impale me when I least expect it for years to come.
    It would also help reduce the depth to which my shoulders would go into my ears as I attempted the repair hunched over a table as the tension mounted!
    Brave and brilliant woman, S Kate. Now if my breathing would only return to normal.

  121. Yeah, the same words came out of my mouth too.
    If you have to do something like that, staking it all down with pins in such a concise manner is the best way to do it. I think she’ll make it.

  122. Oh yes, I recognise the nuttitude. Someone so unwilling to rip and redo (grand total reknitting time, 2 hours) would rather spend a whole night in tears trying to fix it.

  123. My words were J—- tap dancing C—–.
    I have issues DOING lace, let alone CORRECTING lace. Hell, I haven’t tried to do a cable, and thinking about attempting lace will inevitably bring on a migraine. but that? That was pure insanity. My teeth hurt. Wow.

  124. Actually, this looks like something I would do. And when I got to this point, I’d realize that all those pins were going to be too restrictive and I wouldn’t be able to actually *knit* anything with the piece all pinned up. So I’d then probably put it aside until I came up with something to use as a label on each of those ladders to keep track of which order they went in, then take it off the pins and go for it. This might take me until … oh, the fall of 2008. But that’s because what I’m best at is procrastinating.
    And, yes, the first thing I did when I saw that was wonder where S. Kate’s sanity went! That’s really impressive. Way to go, S. Kate … now don’t blink!

  125. I don’t think you have to worry ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve actually done the same thing lots of times, and I think she’s going to be fine. The hardest part is always re-knitting the threads in the correct order, but with all those pins I think she’s got that covered. Sometimes you have to rip down a whole horizontal repeat in order to be working with the same number of stitches per row all through the column (think Frost Flowers, columns of stacked horizontal repeats), so if she starts going “OMG where is this next stitch supposed to come from and/or go!” please have her bear that in mind. Lifelines, naturally, make this easier and calmer, but if she can do the lace, I’m sure she can redo the lace ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and if she’s not already, and can stand to do so, I suggest re-knitting in the smallest needles she’s got. Zeros regularly work for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  126. Despite the fact my mother once made me write (500 times!) the admonition “Profanity and vulgarity are no sign of intelligence; they are but the attempt of a week and evil mind to assert itself forcibly.” I must honestly admit that when I saw the picture I thought “Isn’t that just a bucket of f**k.”

  127. In the immortal words of Shirley Temple “oh my goodness”. This would definately be the poster project for demonstrating the wisdom of threading waste yarn through the stitches every few rows, or lace pattern repeat. Good luck, and please let us know how this turns out.

  128. Holy moley, holy cow, holy crap, holy shit, and holy bloody unraveled shawl! That’s the scariest thing I’ve ever seen and I’ve just spent two whole days with a 2 year-old and an 8 week-old.

  129. my first thought was “well, ok, ripping back a portion. no big. why the extra precaution with the pins and all? seems extreme. but then, i’m all slapdash and willy0nilly, so i guess the pins are smart.”
    then I remembered why i don’t do lace. yarnovers – specifically laddering BACK yarnovers – sends me into arrythmia.
    dear lord, S. Kate. You’re driving me to drink before 1:35pm. and I never drink before 1:35pm.

  130. Totally do-able, S.Kate will prevail … and the t pins are a stroke of genius.
    I hope we get an update soon.

  131. I never comment, but this is different.. How can you leave us hanging like that!?! Now I’m going to be thinking about this all day. See what you did?

  132. *Just* “holy shit?” I think some authority would shut you down if I wrote what string of nouns, adverbs, adjectives and verbs popped out of my mouth in seeing that photo.
    However, I can write this part down, “S. Kate – woman you are beyond insane and I’m in complete awe.”

  133. What a relief to know that you use profanity like the rest of us! Somehow, I know that between you and S. Kate, the problem will be solved…I have oodles of confidence in your abilities. Now…just wondering…what lace pattern is that (LOL)?

  134. OK.. I’m not the Sue that started the cable thing….(whew) My first thought was Holy Shit… then it went down hill/ all I can say is please.. let us know how it worked out… I won’t be able to see the blog till after 9 central on Monday…
    But relax.. anyone that good at ripping & pinning will have it done & going forward in no time… I bow w/ my knitting needles….
    It only inspires me to better myself… ( as I sip an adult drink)

  135. Whoa— that looks like something a character in a Terry Gilliam movie would wear on his head. Reminds me of the movie “Brazil.”

  136. No amount of warning could have prepared me for that horror. I can hope that there’s a bottle of Screech nearby.

  137. It’s do-able. Focus on the little picture, one row at a time. I guess that’s the base of the project, because if it’s the end, then S.Kate would have just frogged the rows. But it’s still do-able. Focus on the little picture. Focus on the little picture…….
    And focus on the little drinkie at the end (NOT during!)

  138. Oh Man. I really hope S.Kate has a drink handy when this is done… or midway. Whatever it takes.
    Good Luck!! o.0
    Please let us know how this ends up. *crosses fingers for ya*

  139. Wow. S Kate, I’ll be drinking a bottle of wine for you tonight. If I can get the twitching in my eyes to stop. Good Lord. What were you thinking? Oh Yarn Harlot, dispatch a rescue crew immediately. Or least send a case of something with alcohol. She’s gonna need it.

  140. ROFLMAO!! Not at her predicament but at your description of trying to maintain your “Ladyness”! I didn’t hold back at all–H@#^ S*@#^ came out of my mouth before I ever read yours!
    S.Kate–honey my heart goes out to you, what ever mistake you had in there I would have left in and called it my “Amish Mistake” (which I often do).
    Alcohol is a MUST!

  141. I think I know about where she is and what pattern she’s using. That’s totally doable. And if anyone is organized enough to beat the demons, it’s s.kate.
    You go for it, girl!
    (And kudos for giving so many people dry heaves along the way. I love you, s.kate!)

  142. Holy Wow Cow!!!!
    I can’t believe what I’m seeing. I can’t wait to see how this turns out!!

  143. I am really glad my mother wasn’t around when I saw that pic. My reaction was pretty much the same as yours, with a few extra words thrown in.

  144. I confess to be a scarf knitter and that shawl terrifies me!
    How does the story end???

  145. I’m just stunned. Shudders, dry heaves, dizziness…yup. All of the above. Steph, your expletives are mild in comparison to mine…
    But you know, I think Roxie got it right. Wow, it’s been a long time since I heard “academic-speak” quite so appropriate!
    S. Kate we are all there for you…I’m headed for a glass of wine right now. Do NOT leave us hanging..we need to know how this turns out!
    But next time, how about a *ahem* lifeline?
    (((hugs))) – to you both!

  146. Please don’t make us wait long to see the conclusion! I hate cliffhangers.
    Ok – those pins are bloody brilliant. I think that she is going to be just fine.
    As long as she walks away when she needs to – you know. To BREATHE!
    Oh my God.
    I can’t breathe!

  147. I see by S.Kate’s photo that the skill she learned in her High School Science class of Dissecting Frogs is *finally* coming in handy…BRAVO!!

  148. *sharp intake of breath*
    Stephanie, like you, I don’t believe that knitting is hard. Never have. Trying occasionally, but not hard. That one is trying — VERY trying.
    I’ll keep S. Kate in my prayers

  149. A very long string of words, including profanities regarding a certain religious personage, and only one beginning with the letter “s,” flew out of my mouth when I saw that photo. It looks like neurosurgery.
    I have dropped back lace before, however, and it can be done, provided the pattern is an isolated repeat, and not one of those with traveling stitches going into the adjacent repeats … and provided one has enough Irish whiskey on hand.
    Clever, clever, S. Kate for using the T-pins.

  150. OMG!!
    that is way cool. A friend of my discovered this on her own!! could not beleive it –and she did it to her lace shawl!!! then she blocked it and
    lets just say the cat is still alive,the lace shawl on the other hand is hanging by a thread.

  151. Oh, my. Having dropped lace down before, one or two sts maybe three rows, I am in awe. Good luck, S. Kate. That’s just at the point where increases radiate from the center, isn’t it? Going to find my smelling salts…

  152. I wish I could even know what to do to make that. I have frogged lace too many times. I think I’d try it if I even imagine what I could do to solve it.
    I wish you well S. Kate, may the knitting angels be with you as we speak.

  153. I thought I was a fairly decent knitter. (I mean Knitter, with a capital K.) However – the sight of this lace …. thing …. gives me hives. Apparently I have much to learn. Although I’m not sure I’m willing to learn a lot more if something like this is in my future. S. Kate – you are amazing and I anxiously await the successful results!

  154. UFF DA!! (a very handy Norwegian term taught me by my MIL for occasions like this.) After seeing that, I’m going back to putting a life-line into every other row of my first lace weight shawl..

  155. Hell-o!! I have laddered down the cable stitches before, but never thought of doing it in lace. I have always (like I have knitted for eons or something) un-knit my lace. Maybe I should try this too. Someday, when I am really desperate. S. Kate, good luck!

  156. I do this all the time…I had a great deal of trouble remembering where I was in snowdrop (currently on the Icord)…ripped like this (or worse) at least 10 times. In laceweight mohair. Next time I’m using pins. GREAT TIP. Thanks.

  157. My first thought was “Oh, f—“, followed by my brain grinding to a complete stop.
    It’s stuff like this that makes me wonder if I should just stick with my loom knitting, and abandon my plans to take “real” knitting classes after things calm down at work.

  158. Having witnessed the stringing-together in real life, I was shocked at the tameness.
    Personally, I think that pinning business is kick-ass and I plan to rip it off.

  159. I have worked for Vascular Surgeons for 27 years. We bypass legs, clean out Carotid arteries and strip veins but I have NEVER seen anything that would equal that! At first I thought it was string art. My first husband did string art. We were married about 6 years, 11 months, 3 weeks and 5 days. He took his girlfriend and his damn string art with him! Tuesday will be my 25th aniversary with my current hubby! He’s a Quality Assurance Chemical Engineer. Maybe I’ll show him that picture just to prove my sewing room with all it’s stuff hanging everywhere isn’t so bad after all. What is the deal with “doable” and laddering down. Don’t you people have matches and MORE YARN? Or take a lesson from the Amish. Leave a deliberate error. Nothing is supposed to be perfect!

  160. oooh I can relate. As a novice knitter I spend more time swearing and unraveling than knitting and admiring. On one hand I’m dissapointed that the unraveling part doesn’t cease as one gains experience. But on the other hand a good loud rant, full of four letter words, followed by a brisk walk around the garden or cup of calming tea does wonders to help me relax and decide what to do to remedy the mistake. ie unravel the b….. thing and start over or chuck it out. or just live with it.

  161. oooh I can relate. As a novice knitter I spend more time swearing and unraveling than knitting and admiring. On one hand I’m dissapointed that the unraveling part doesn’t cease as one gains experience. But on the other hand a good loud rant, full of four letter words, followed by a brisk walk around the garden or cup of calming tea does wonders to help me relax and decide what to do to remedy the mistake. ie unravel the b….. thing and start over or chuck it out. or just live with it.

  162. Yikes! i was afraid of scary movies, now I have a new fear!! Please let us know how it turns out, cuz I know how it would be for me…..rip, rip, rip.

  163. OMG!!! There is someone crazier than you out there. S.Kate needs help! I do hope she was able to fix it. You have to let us know.

  164. Stronger expletives most certainly come to mind…be brave S.Kate. We’re all pulling for you.

  165. S**T! I saw this post yesterday (Sunday) and was so hoping that it was a very. bad. dream.
    Please let us if S.Kate is OK!

  166. I scrolled through all the comments, looking for S. Kate’s update on how it panned out. I saw nothing! I hope it all went well for her. God knows I have a hard enough time following a chart horizontally, never mind vertically. Oy.

  167. Well?
    What happened to this knitting massacre?
    We gots to know!!!!!111!!!!eleventy1!!!
    Updates! Closure! I have prozac at the ready for mailing. ( and a bottle of Asbach.)

  168. The Asbach is for S. kate. ( if my husband will part with it.) the prozac is for me. ( Sorry, these kind of things cause spazms in me, but less than actually planning a party for inlaws. oooh, my eye just started twitching…
    (paranthesis for a cause!)

  169. I *cannot* believe you’ve left us hanging all weekend with this. Do you know how many times I’ve checked back for the “happy ending” photo??? Come ON!!!

  170. Wow!! My first thought was actually how badass cool it was that S. Kate ripped back a lace pattern like that. I’ve done it (although not that far back), and I didn’t pin it out like that–good idea for future reference.
    S. Kate, You GO girl! It CAN be done! And definitely have a drink afterwards–you’ll need it.

  171. The T-pins are a master stroke. Why on earth didn’t I think of doing ditto when I did exactly the same thing on Rosy Fingered Dawn? Mine worked, and if this ham-fisted, twitchy, half-cut lace knitter can do it, I’m pretty sure your Kate can too.

  172. Me??? I would toss it in my “somesday, when I am totally insane” pile and knit a nice washcloth while calming down. My Insane pile growing…what does that mean?

  173. She is definitely a knitter with a Capital K! That for me is a very, very bad nightmare.

  174. Hi,
    I just taught myself how to knit after reading your blog…I’m pretty sure knitting bloggers *are* taking over the world…
    And that taken-apart-lace scares the willies outta me. ๐Ÿ˜

  175. Ya know, I’ve done knitting. I’ve picked up stitches and changed colors and everything. I can cable, no problem. Lace? Confuses me to no end because I don’t think I do yarn overs correctly in knitting and the holes come out too big and yeah. But that picture makes me want to run home, hide all of the knitting needles in the house (and there’s a bunch) and find a dark corner for a good cry. *Wubba*

  176. Wow!
    Um, I tried this with Birch, not too long ago. But I only went 4 rows back, and it almost blew my mind. But when I finally understood what I was doing, I had a clarity of mind I’ve never experienced before. It was like finding a new level of thinking, where everything was moving in slow motion. It was surreal.
    S.Kate, you can do it! And when your done, just sit and milk the buzz as long as you can….

  177. Wow. That is the only word that can describe this situation. Except maybe ohmygodicantbelieveshedidthatithinkineedashot.oftequila.
    At the same time, I’m totally intrigued. This is probably marginally better than ripping back four rows of lace work. Especially if each row is 300 stitches. please let us know how it goes.

  178. When I saw the photo those were the same exact words that came out of my mouth!
    Can’t wait for the next installment…I am sure it will be “Hot Damn!”

  179. When I saw the photo those were the same exact words that came out of my mouth!
    Can’t wait for the next installment…I am sure it will be “Hot Dammnn!”

  180. When I saw the photo those were the same exact words that came out of my mouth!
    Can’t wait for the next installment…I am sure it will be “Hot D-mn!”

  181. When I saw the photo those were the same exact words that came out of my mouth!
    Can’t wait for the next installment…I am sure it will be “Hot Dog!” Use your imagination… the blog police wouldn’t let me use the other word

  182. There has to be a huge sucking of air whenever anyone who has ever knit anything sees that picture. I think I got dizzy looking at. She is a better woman than I!

  183. My response was somewhat stronger and may have used the f-bomb. Okay, it did use the f-bomb. While I would never have the guts to follow in S. Kate’s footsteps, I have to know. Did it work? Or was she left with string art???

  184. I’ve done similar lace surgery on Orenburg and Shetland shawls, sometimes dropping down as many as twenty rows. It really is quite simple to drop a few stitches down — the only real problems I’ve come up with have been when my mistake was forgetting several YOs, because then I don’t have enough slack yarn to make up for the problem. Creative use of a crochet hook and tugging on adjacent stitches usually remedies it well enough though.
    The T-pins are a stroke of genius. It’s never occured to me that I could use pins to keep the bars of yarn from getting tangled with each other while I repaired errors further down. For lack of other ideas for holding the frogged yarn away from where I was working, I had been using those teeny-tiny butterfly hairclips (the ones that are barely bigger than your pinkie fingernail and utterly useless at holding hair), but that is annoying and fiddly.

  185. Oh yes! Holy Shit is a good way of putting it. If it were me, it would indeed take a holy miracle to save it. Gook luck, S.Kate.

  186. You cannot blame yourself for others who take artistic/creative knitting license! If it works, it works, if it doesn’t well, then… someone has learned something and grown as a knitter/person.

  187. on seeing the picture, my first thought was: Holy! C@$@$!
    my second thought was: HHMMMMMM!!!! pins, I like the logic of that.
    third thought: we really oughta buy SKate a drink, a big stiff one.
    fouth thought: GOKATEGO! GOKATEGO! GOKATEGO!
    fifth thought: get Harlot a simple sock pattern to fan herself with.

  188. I admit I did gasp at first, but on second thought this is wonderful. This clearly shows a logical and straightforward method of getting the upper hand in a nasty situation. Personally, I would have either ripped it all out or fudged it somehow. Next time, which will likely be very soon, I will get out my T pins…
    Thank you S. Kate and thank you, Stephanie!

  189. ***holding breath*** kinda like a car wreck, don’t wanta watch, but curious enough to stick around:)

  190. That looks scary, but I’m sure it will turn out just fine!
    I have to thank you, Stephanie, for this tip- it works so well with dropped stitches, too. I am not very skilled at the commonly recommended method of grabbing dropped stitches back up with a crochet hook and it is extremely difficult for me on #2s using sock yarn(remember me and my husband’s size 14 feet? I’m doing it! Slow going, but I’m doing it!). Well, let me just tell you that step number 6 in your “All is not lost” post has made my life much easier! This part: “Pick up that strand of yarn, and using another dpn, knit across the six stitches, *imagining that the strand of wool is a little tiny ball of yarn*”.
    Why didn’t I think of that? So much faster and much less frustrating! Thank you again!

  191. This is like earning your knitting black belt, isn’t it.
    See, this is where being in denial is such a nice trait. I would look at my error and love it. Love it for what it represents in my learning. Then I would place a pretty brooch right.over.the.error. No worries! What error? No errors here.

  192. ohmyohmyohmyohmy!!!!! There has to be a law against that kind of thing!!!!! Did the patient live? Will the patient be able to play the violin again? (how did it turn out?)

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    Producer – The Mosh Knit

  194. I walked this path yesterday when I found a mistake in my Charlotte’s Web Pattern 10 rows back (How could I make a mistake? I was following the pattern–or hey maybe that’s where I went wrong) The trick is to think less and drink more– and not to think more than a row or two ahead. Step one: Knit the next row as it should have been, and hopefully your pattern calls for you to purl back. Step 2: Pour glass of wine or other beverage. Step 3: Repeat step one. Step 4: Throw log on fire, yell at kids, or some other mundane domestic act. Repeat steps 1-4 as necessary. The picture in the blog is like looking at a video of a c-section, you are better off trying it without that image burned in your mind.

  195. Well isn’t that lovely. I too have done the drop back reknit the mistake rows and will add one small piece of wisdom.
    Start with a lot more stitches and make a wide triangle going down so that you have a fair bit of yarn in each row to fudge the yarn overs with as you head up the mess. Like everyone else, I know that the T pin stake down to keep the yarn rows in order is an absolute stroke of genius. I bow deeply in your direction SKate. I will use it with the next lace monster I knit.

  196. Oh. My. Gosh. That is hard hat knitting, if I ever saw it. Please forgive me for ever posting the question. I hope all is not lost. I’m thinking that I may just *ignore* the error in my Tina shawl (gasp, holding heart with palpitations) and go on. . . it’s totally against my somewhat (choke) perfectionist nature, but at least I may get the freaking shawl done someday. . .

  197. S Kate feckin’ rocks for even *attempting* this. Next Knitting Olympics: Team Fixing Bad Errors Without Total Frogging.
    Additionally, while I am not a native speaker of Spanish, the words that came to mind when I saw the photo were in that lovely, expressive language:
    “ยกHijole! ยกCh!ng@o!”
    Which loosely translates to… “Daaaaamn! That is f#<&ed UP!”

  198. PEOPLE – get a grip! The only thing shocking about this post is that the shawl pattern is not named so we can’t go and see what exactly S Kate has let herself in for. It’s just a bunch of knits and purls you know.

  199. There are no links to S Kate. I am concerned for her safety. This calls for a KNITTERVENTION. She must be rescued- yet- where to find her?
    Oh My, Harlot- don’t leave us hanging… is there yet an update? Has she survived, with sanity intact? And, if so… CAN SHE FINISH MY AMAZING LACE PROJECT FOR ME??????

  200. Oh. My. Gosh. My left eye is twitching just looking at that. First thought – Is that the work of a drunken spider on steroids? Second thought – holy crapoli, what is she DOING?!?!? Simply amazing. I’d never have the nerve. God bless S.Kate.

  201. Uh, I think this one deserves even stronger language. Or maybe none at all. I couldn’t form a coherent thought when looking at that picture. May the knitting elves help her.

  202. i’m not the most adventurous knitter out there (my knitting group knows this after my many exclamations that i “dont do socks. and sleeves, since those are like socks.”)and this pic made me sure that i want to stick with my “safe” knitting.

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