When in Chicago

So last night I was in Chicago – or Skokie rather, which I have been helped to understand is NOT Chicago.  (I suspect that this is rather like the way Brooklyn is NOT New York, and Brampton is NOT Toronto, but I’m still working out the details.) It was lovely, thanks for asking.  It was pretty cold and rainy, and exactly the sort of weather that one would want a sweater for, but the sweater from hell that I thought was finished isn’t, although I thought it would be yesterday, until a bunch of you pointed out a miscrossed cable… so.  The saga continues.  Let’s not talk about it.   Let’s look at interesting knitters, shall we?


We only had one baby last night, and though she made her Mama Christine dance all night, Nora’s behaviour was perfect.

Similarly perfect, the simply charming future knitter Jamie, and his delightful mother Meg.

Next up, Brent wants to show me who he got to hold a sock.  (Let me tell you, this sock holding thing has caught on in a way I’d never dared hope for.)

Jane Lynch! (Apparently she didn’t even ask why she was holding a sock, which is amazing.)

How about first sock knitters?  first up Kelli, who’s first socks are doing just fine.

Then Emily, similarly blessed (and young!)

Then Yas (who’s first socks are twisted stitch cabled fancy things.  Another freakin’ overachiever.)

Next is Jenny, who restored my faith in normal first sock knitters by showing up with two socks of  very different sizes…

And then Abby, who’s first sock adventure was singular. 

No worries though… she uses it as a trivet.

Nathalie came with her first socks,

though really, she specializes in those teensy weensie crochet mice cat toys. (Millie will love them.)

It was Judit’s birthday, she came with her daughter Magda.

And Denise brought me the most incredible video of her six year old son Zachary, knitting his little heart out.

Anna came in her first sweater. 

..and yes.  It’s normal to want to leave her for dead in an alley for knitting a first sweater like that.  (Seriously.  Doesn’t she know it should suck?)
Finally, meet Katie.  Katie had a baby hat to knit night before last, and she thought it would be really super cute to put the baby’s name on it. So she whipped up a little chart, knit it in right quick and then…

Yeah.  Forgot to flip the chart.  A knitter after my own heart, that sweetie.
Proof that experienced knitters don’t make fewer mistakes.  They make larger ones faster.

And with that, I’m off.  I’m getting on a plane in two minutes, and when I arrive at my hotel I am going to attempt a surgical repair of the miscrossed cable.

Keep me in your thoughts.  I don’t know how much more I have in me.

182 thoughts on “When in Chicago

  1. Anna’s sweater is gorgeous, the kind of thing I dreamed about when learning to knit. I really need to make it past long rectangular scarves and my inability to read patterns!

  2. Oh for heaven sakes! Leave the %#@*&ing thing alone. What is wrong with a miscrossed cable? How many people are going to come up to you on the street and say, ‘too bad about that miscrossed cable in your sweater – it would have been a nice sweater otherwise?’ And this is coming from someone who keeps track of every row she knits….
    Spend the time knitting something new and fabulous.

  3. Either leave the darn criss-cross and tell everyone it’s like the Indian rug makers who make one mistake on purpose in every rug – because only God makes perfection, not man.
    OR – if you do fix it – take a million pictures and show us. Because I have NO IDEA how you can fix that. Just looking at that beautiful cable and a scissor is making my palms sweat.
    I’m going to my local bookshop this weekend to buy your new book!

  4. there is a way to fix errors by “embroidering” the correct stitches over the OOPS rather than cutting, inserting correct stitches and darning in ends (I don’t darn them, I needle felt them, for what it’s worth)

  5. Your future sweater is lovely. In fact, I am seriously considering knitting myself a sweater in that color, but I have a question: Do you get angry with a piece of knitting if it has given you a lot of trouble. Or maybe it’s just me even though I know it’s not the garment’s fault.
    PS Not to nitpick but Brooklyn is part of New York City. Not a suburb, not a village on the outskirts but part of New York City. So are Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. And Manhattan, of course. I believe Skokie has a separate municipal government from Chicago. I would not know the first thing about Toronto vs Brampton. Lovely city, Toronto,though. I fantasize about moving up there.
    Can you guess that I am not a resident of elitist Manhattan? (Just kidding about the elitist part. Seriously. I love Manhattan but I love being able to afford four times the living space for the same amount of rent even more.) In fact, I added the NYC to my internet name exactly for that reason.

  6. Don’t cut it! Trace the 2 stitches mis-crossed
    up to the bind off then drop those two stitches and only those 2 down to the mistake. Fix it by tucking under or over the other 2 stitches and reknit the 2 stitches back to the top tucking under or carrying over the other 2 cable stitches where necessary.

  7. oh, stephanie, it will be so awesome when you wear it!!
    having a lesser problem myself with my current sweater, and am thinking positively for the surgery and recovery on yours.

  8. Steph, just leave it!
    Remember how the Japanese will put a deliberate flaw in their art, because only the divine is perfect? (is it the Japanese? I forget..). Wear it with pride, miscrossed cable and all.

  9. Oh. M’y. God. Is there anyone out there who could tell me where I can find the pattern of Anna’s sweater? I never had the desire to knit a sweater before, but I just have to try and knit that one! It is stunningly beautiful! And Stephanie, courage! You’ll make it through! 8)

  10. I think that mis-crossed cable should stay – it’s like a walking Where’s Waldo game.

  11. Right there with you on the shock and awe over Anna’s first sweater; can’t imagine what the run-up must have been to accomplish such a gorgeous garment. You neglected to mention the real reason to want to leave her in a dark alley, though, which is the skinny thighs beneath that sweater. Just sayin’.

  12. Also, Brookline is not in Boston. There was a to-do when Boston tried to absorb it, back 100 years ago or so. And I quote, “We will not be Suffolk-ated”. (Boston being in Suffolk county.)
    Leave the sweater. It took me 10 minutes to find the mistake, therefore it’s not worth bothering with. It’s a lovely piece of work.

  13. Those little scissors laying atop your gorgeous sweater front strikes terror in my heart! You are a stronger woman than me, with the skills and nerve to achieve what I think you have planned. If it were me, I’d do it at Dawn after a nice long sleep.
    ps I’m glad you know Skokie <> Chicago. I’m from that next of the woods (altho been in the UK for a decade) and i really hope you get a chance to say hello to the lake.

  14. Okay without getting too political here, I just had a conversation with some of the guys I work with about just how intricate the Occupy Wall Street issue is and how we all need to really think things through, figure out what the tangled mess that truly affects each of us as individuals is, follow that tangle, identify the mistakes and what it would take to fix them. And then I came back to my desk and will take your–um–let’s just call them issues–with this sweater as inspiration that something beautiful can and should be fixed when something goes terribly wrong.

  15. The sight of those scissors next to the knitting is striking fear into my heart (and I’m a steeker, too). But really, how many skeins of Shelter do you have? Are you magically recycling your supply, or did you buy extra skeins? What do recommend knitters do when purchasing yarn for a sweater?

  16. I am proud of you for not thinking that you could fix that cable on the plane. “Experienced knitters make bigger mistakes faster.” So true, so true (she sighed as she reknit part of the yoke on her top-down sweater for the ::hangs head in shame:: seventh(!) time)

  17. If the sweater is not going on display or entering a contest, leave it be and find a way to make the most of it. When you are in motion wearing it no one is going to stare at your chest and go “Oh My Gosh the Yarn Harlot made a mistake right there.” And you can always use it as a lesson to other people, that we are all human and that these mistakes do happen. Maybe you can put a tag on it and say look for the error in my knitting. I had one and did that with someone and they really couldn’t find it. Don’t let the nitpickers have their day, there are other things in life they can pick at.

  18. Thanks for visiting Chicago-land. (as a transplant here – it’s just safer than saying ‘Chicago’) I enjoyed the whole event! 😀 I do hope the surgery went well, and the sweater recovers nicely.

  19. That is an amazing sweater. She might be an overachiever, but you can rest assured that my first sweater sucked (and if I recall correctly might still be in pieces).

  20. Hand to God, I had to look at your sweater for about half an hour, following each strand of the cable whispering “over, under, over, under” to myself to be able to find the mis-cross. You win the prize for Perfectionism in Hand-Knitting. If that was my sweater front, my response to the pointed-out error would have been, “Really? Well, crap. Oh well. And hey, didn’t your mother ever tell you it’s rude to point out other people’s sweater’s flaws?” Leaving it is perfectly acceptable, for who among us has never crossed over instead of under?

  21. Hi Yarn Harlot I’m Zachary. That’s me knitting on mommys camera in Skokie. Me and mommy read your blog everyday after school. I’m in 1st grade. Thanks for signing a book for me. It’s so COOL. I’m knitting a scarf for my teacher Ms. Sutfin for Christmas. Bye mommy says I’m typing for to long. Have fun on the airplane. BYE!

  22. Thanks so much for continuing to share all this with us – especially when you are constantly on the move and subject to all the vagaries of airport food and coffee, weather, luggage etc. You must be getting tired and so I supremely appreciate the time and effort you are putting into these posts. I almost feel like I’m there. Of course, all that said, I have to confess that I’m still selfishly hoping there’ll be a Canadian book tour too so I can see you in person 😉

  23. I fixed a very complicated twisted st in a boyfriend sweater (yeah, I now, he now has two kids with his wife, I have 4 with my husband, and we are still good friends….), by cutting the thread of the row that twisted, and grafting it backing correctly, Crazy! Now I know to snip the plain row above it and taking it out, rearrange the sts, then graft it back. I think your duplicate st method is clever, but I prefer to fix it rather than cover it up….but I recommend your method, to canyon who doesn’t adore grafting!
    And, I can not see the back well in the photo, but, on general principles as long as you are fixing the front, triple check the back. Because, we all know, as soon as we say, “no, I don’t need to”…..you needed to have!

  24. From California, I just called Third Place Books and bought my advance copy of your book just to secure an “A” line spot for your Seattle signing. Can’t wait to meet you!

  25. Terrific. Now I’ve been compelled to order the kit for Anna’s Klimt sweater; thankfully, I retain enough German from uni to (mostly) decipher the page.
    Your sweater is drool-inducingly beautiful, too, regardless of which way the cables go, but Anna’s made me catch my breath. That *so* looks like something I would wear.

  26. Thank you so much for sharing the saga of the sweater. I’m about 2/3 through a Fireside sweater of similiarly cabled lovliness, and I’m vaguely terrified of actually putting the damn thing together. It’s terribly reassuring to see you struggle with one (although I’m not even looking for miscrossed cables at this point.) Safe travels.

  27. Wow! That first sweater is amazing!! I believe it is in a fairly recent issue of Verena magazine (ie. within the last 6 mos. or so). I have it in my “would love to try some day” pile, and I have been knitting for over 30 years. I wasn’t sure I was skilled enough to try. You go girl!!!!
    Steph, I say let the mis-crossed cable go. I recall Vogue magazine had a cable sweater on the front cover with the same “embellishment”. If it is good enough for their cover its good enough for your sweater. It’s beautiful regardless.

  28. Come, come now, buck up – it’s only a cable, it’s not like it’s a whole wedge of a lace shawl.

  29. I’m with others who suggested that you leave the sweater as is – I certainly didn’t notice it the first time around, and I bet most won’t either. And if they do … well …
    But I’d also like to see the sweater parts step away from scissors. Really. Tempting fate, aren’t you?

  30. That sweater is really giving you a hard time. Or “hahd” as we say in the Boston area.

  31. That twisted cabley first sock is Cookie A’s Stricken, which I have on my needles in time out! And I am a reasonably experienced sock knitter. I guess it just goes to show you that if you don’t know it’s supposed to be hard, you can accomplish anything! (And honestly, that pattern isn’t really super hard, just different every freaking row)

  32. Any chance you could turn this in to a teaching opportunity, and show us how you unzig the cable and re-zag it? With those scissors sitting there, I’m guessing you’re not going to undo it from the top. Just saying.

  33. LOVE that first attempt at a sweater — some new knitters are just wonderfully fearless! As for the cables…if they bother you, fix them…it will give you more to do while sitting in the hotel(s). If not, I say buy a fabulous brooch & slap it on there!

  34. Fix the cable, you have the technology and you know if you don’t it will haunt you every single time you wear the sweater. IF you wear the sweater.
    My first sweater was nice. Mauve DK with a sheen, short sleeves, lace-patterned front. Of course, I had been knitting blankets and booties and hats and slippers before I made the attempt, so lots of knitting experience, if not actual sweater know-how. And of course that was 40 years ago and styles have changed a lot. Next I made a white wide-ribbed sleeveless sweater in sock-weight which took years to finish and caused me to be locked in a hatred of ribbed sweaters forever. On the other hand, it did look great on me and was really versatile. I’ve changed quite a bit in the ensuing 38 years, too.

  35. Haha. That sweater only gets brought out for special occasions – I was really excited to wear it last night. We had a fantastic time (and that thing about “don’t make me tell the blog about your dirty bedroom” really hit home with my 6 year old. She spent the morning cleaning her bedroom).
    The sweater is Klimt (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/26-klimt) and I actually first saw it in Verena Fall 2010. And yes, it made me catch my breath and desire it above all else. In the mag, the instructions are in English, if a little tedious to decipher at first. The pattern calls for Noro Flower Bed, which I don’t think is available in the US (I used Silk Garden instead). It is not actually as difficult as it looks. The only seaming was in the sleeves. And even though you can’t tell, I had a little (read:ridiculous) problem with gauge in the beginning (bottom bands) and the sleeves are too short. I was just happy to be done with it and was almost out of the yarn at that point.

  36. I’m behind your perfectionism 100%. You have to fix it. I think mistakes for the gods (Japanese, Native or otherwise) are for the small almost imperceptible errors, not the blatant ones in front of your eyes!
    However, since you knit like the wind, tinking would be my choice. Yet, if it’s time to teach us a new technique, I’m all for that. Take great pictures. I’m ready to learn. Thank you.
    As many have said, it’s just like being there, except that I’m not. I’m so glad you love to meet us. Love your tour reports.
    A-waiting your book with extreme patience.

  37. My first socks are indeed Stricken-it wasn’t so much that I didn’t know it was supposed to be hard as it was that I simply didn’t /care/. I did hate cables for quite a while after that project though, until I learned to cable without a needle.
    Thanks for coming to Chicago, and please thank whoever does the booking for these things for finding a place easy to get to on public transit for those of us who are car-less city dwellers. It was a blast!

  38. Your book arrived two days ago, and being a little under the weather, I took the opportunity to read it right through–your descriptions of people observing your knitting and the questions they ask struck quite a chord, as I’ve had many of the same conversations (my favorite remains the lady who watched me knitting at a Little League game and then asked WHERE I got the time to knit!!). Today was different– While waiting at the garage for an oil change a lady wandered by, asked what I was making, (mittens), and then told me she admired people who made things with their time and told me all about a sister-in-law who knits Christmas stockings. Later the cashier came over, who “just had to see what you were making”, asked about the yarn, and then told me about some fingerless mitts she was starting–Is there a trend? Or is it a fluke? (Maybe it being Maine in October might help!)

  39. I missed a cable cross on a Great American Afghan square when I knit on the long drive to my baby niece’s funeral. I left it in because every time I look @ it, I am reminded of that time. Your cable mishap (design element) will remind you of this book tour.

  40. Wow! Anna’s sweater is amazing!
    Wish I could have been in the Chicago area to se you. However, I’ll take the weather here in Charlotte any day. Maybe you could think about arranging a trip to the southeast. Please.

  41. Holla to Zachary! Keep up the awesome knitting, kid. Your mom is cool. Oh, hi Yarn Harlot.
    Cheers,

  42. I’d have to fix the cable, or it would bug me forever. Being a Type-A Knitter is a pain. 🙂

  43. So help me, if you get double pneumonia because you’re fixing that sweater instead of wearing it, I will hunt down those who felt compelled to point out the error and deal with them. Rude doesn’t begin to describe it.

  44. If you were going to repair that in-place, then why not sew it together first and have a sweater to wear until you sit down to fix it?
    I know, I know. You’ll sew it together, then try to fix it, then find you have to reknit that side. That’s what would happen to me, anyway – if I dared to try to repair a cable like that.

  45. The holding a sock photo has caught on. I asked Tango and Amy from Ghost Hunters for a photo with my sock in progress, and Mr. Zaffis from Haunted Collector. My sock has been certified as not haunted. Perhaps they should hold your sweater front?

  46. Great blogging on the tour Stephanie.
    Anna’s first sweater made me ‘gasp and stretch one’s eyes’, oh for a bit more of the ‘strive’ gene and reinforcment, perhaps I would achieve more.
    I will be interested to hear/see about your surgical technique and turning your hotel room into an operating room/theatre, may the surgery begin, though I guess you don’t have to worry too much about sterile conditions, just peace and quiet for the ability to concentrate, and good light so you can see what you are working on.

  47. I wasn’t going to mention the miscrossed cable. But, my dear, before you cut, surely you know that with a crochet hook and a glass of wine, you can just ladder down those 2 or 3 cable sts, recross them, and then ladder back up? You’d be done before you finished the wine.

  48. Well for F*&k sake! I think that sweater is trying to kill you. I am worried when you put it on it will smother you somehow. Or turn you into a zombie.

  49. So I take it you’re not going with the whole zen-like “I miscrossed the cable on purpose because no human is perfect” approach, huh?

  50. That whole ‘intentional mistake’ idea is a crock of you know what, but you’re scaring me with those scissors –

  51. Ah Steph, that sweater is so beautiful and I worry that you may hate it after all the grief it has given you. I would leave the ‘design feature’ and if anyone says anything you can hit them with the sweater saga. But I suspect you will change it because it would annoy you every time you wore it. What an amazing adventure that sweater has had!

  52. I just moved to the Chicagoland area 6 months ago, so I didn’t know where Skokie was to be there last night, let alone how I could get me, myself, and my knitting there and back again to my little pad in Oak Lawn on the South Side (which around here sounds something like “Sou’hhhTT Sitd”- another thing I haven’t gotten figured out yet), but I was there with you in spirit. I’m knitting your cowl sweater in a lovely royal blue, and I would have brought it to show you exactly how lovely it really is.

  53. That tiny hat is brilliant – because baby Clark will know what his name is when he looks in a mirror.

  54. It was great to see you again Steph. There is a reason I call it Chicagoland, because Chicago has a million suburbs! Skokie is just one. Good luck with the sweater, remember the wisdom of Elizabeth Zimmermann about fixing mistakes. She is smiling down on your for being brave with scissors.

  55. Really and truely, I think I’d be afraid to put that sweater on my unprotected body. Think of the vengeance it could wreak! Too bad you don’t belong to a church of some sort – they could do an exorcism or something. Sprinkle holy water on it. Sew a tiny medal into a seam. Something!!

  56. Oh, girl … I love how you always keep it real!!
    Thanks for helping us keep our sense of humor about our own, often less-public, boo-boos!
    Also thanks for sharing such interesting knitters and future knitters!

  57. How many times have I read from you “there are no knitting police” DOH, guess you were wrong on that one. Darn those police .un intended.

  58. How many times have I read from you “there are no knitting police” DOH, guess you were wrong on that one. “Darn” those police; pun intended.

  59. Thanks for coming to the Chicago-land area last night. Loved it! About the sweater, I would leave and call it a “design feature” added to make your sweater truly unique. And that sweater Anna was wearing was simply fantastic!

  60. “Experienced knitters don’t make fewer mistakes. They make larger ones faster.”
    This is my new motto.

  61. I dunno…seeing the scissors that close to the sweater gives me a funny feeling. Much like the one I got when you posted about drying the sweater pieces in the oven.

  62. Brooklyn certainly IS New York. It is just not Manhattan, the borough (section) of New York that people mean when they are talking about New York. New York City has five boroughs (sections) — the two most well-known ones being Manhattan and Brooklyn. I won’t make your head explode by naming any of the others. Mayor Bloomberg governs over all of them.
    Also in a cable pattern as complicated as that of your sweater, consider this time that one mistake is a NEW PATTERN, and sit back and enjoy its remarkable singularity.

  63. Anyone out there who knows what the pattern is for Anna’s sweater? I would LOVE to make it my Second Sweater (damn! what’s with all the overachievers in Skokie?)

  64. It was great meeting you at Rhinebeck!
    By the way, it took me a while to find the miss-crossed cable and I never would have seen it if you haven’t mentioned it. I think you should leave it in. As we say in our knitting guild, it’s not a “mistake” it’s a “design element”! You rock!

  65. I’d ignore the crossed cable. In the tradition of Native American weavers, leave a little mistake in every piece – the path by which the spirit remains free (of course you have announced it to hundreds of people on your blog – but test it out – attention spans are short!).

  66. If Vogue Knitting can put a miscrossed cable on the cover of their magazine (Spring 2002) you can leave one in your sweater. I’m just sayin’.

  67. ATTENTION ANNA (or anyone else in the know): Can you tell me the name of that gorgeous sweater? My daughter has fallen in love with it.

  68. Can’t you leave the cable? This sweater seems so DETERMINED to be a little wonky. If not the cable, then what next?

  69. oh thank you for featuring katie in your post! i LOVE her!! and i’m sure (snicker) that little KRALC will just love his hat! ROTFL!!!

  70. I’m reading your older book. I thought you weren’t a Type A knitter? Did they bring you over to the dark side?
    I like the mis-crossed cable. It’s a statement, and part of the story of your Rhinebeck adventure.

  71. repeat after me – this sweater will be gorgeous, the sweater will be gorgeous! the color and yarn are beautiful and your work is beautiful. and oh my, the picture of the sweater and the scissors makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. It is a little frightening! I’ll keep you in my thoughts and knitterly prayers.

  72. What Rams said better than I could. Also, about what JoAnne (6:43) said…I’ve got you covered, Steph. Just let me know if you want help in that department.
    (My husband once came straight from work to meet me at the pediatrician’s appointment for Baby Tornado. I overheard another mom say, “Wow, they brought their own priest for a kid’s ear infection??”)

  73. Oh man, I would totally leave that cable as-is. I’m going to go drink a glass of wine on your behalf.

  74. Apologies for not reading the comments before I requested the name of Anna’s sweater. Thanks to all who provided the info (and Anna who provided the inspiration!).

  75. I had to laugh when you say you were in Chicago, but not in Chicago. I lived in Chicago for a few years and then in a suburb. The difference is very important to those that live there!

  76. Please come to Cincinnati! Lots of knitters here and lots of places that are Cincinnati but not Cincinnati.

  77. I have two symmetrical mis-crossed cable and no one has or is likely to ever notice! Eeeeeeeek!
    For the love of all that is holy, why not take the safer road and do a bit of fake duplicate stitch over the top!

  78. When I saw the Chicago area on your tour schedule I was so excited, until I saw the date. My only consolation is that I’m typing this from Sanibel Island, Florida. Seriously, though, the Chicago area is huge, with millions of people, so you should absolutely come back during your book tour.

  79. Ohhhh… I think I know what you are going to do to fix it. You. Are. A. Genuis. Genius. Jean-ee-us. Whatever. You are wayyyy smart.

  80. Lots of well wishes from my family to you on your trip and especially toward your sweater. You’ll get it done eventually. We believe in you!!
    Other than that 🙂 , I bought your new book today. My husband had to spend the evening in the hospital, so a read-a-loud is planned to make everyone feel better.

  81. As delighted as I am to spend time with my sailor son, I sure am sorry to have missed last evening. Third time I was “” this close!
    Looks like you had the audience in your hand…
    And leave that darn sweater alone, I did not even notice the error and could not figure out why you need to fix. So guess I better look again.
    Happy travels.
    Helle Berry

  82. I’m starting to think that you are avoiding me. I live in New England, but I was out in Chicago at a conference when you were here. Now I’m back, and your in Chicago!!

  83. Hey, Just wanted to say that I am so looking forward to seeing you tomorrow in St. Louis!!! Don’t cut you sweater!! It is so lovely, no one will ever notice. Get some good sleep.

  84. You were awesome last night! It was the funniest, most enjoyable event I’ve been to in ages, AND . . . . I got to knit! It was the first time I’ve knitted somewhere where there have been OTHER PEOPLE KNITTING too!!!! Soooo cool.

  85. Stephanie, seeing you in person and hearing you read was the highlight of my first (and long-awaited) trip to Chicagoland! It was SOOOOO worth the 800+ mile roundtrip. Just hoping you will make it to Ohio on your next book tour…it would save me money (to be used on books and yarn!)

  86. Each day I enjoy your posts. I love the pictures of the people, their first socks, the babies, etc.
    Your sweater… which will end up fine. It’ll take some time, but it will be divine.
    But CLARK….. think about it… when the baby has the hat on the head and they look in a mirror..which babies love to do… Perfect… simply Perfect…
    Gotta Love it!!

  87. As tempted as I would be to leave it, I’d have to fix it too. Once I had found it that’s all I would see. I feel your pain. I’d be ripping. I don’t have the confidence to attempt a scissor fix. Good for you!

  88. Love, love, love the comment “Really? Well, crap, oh well.” Don’t fix it, I think you’ll miss it (P.S. I use to iron my pillowcases prior to kids-I’ve come a long way-my new motto, ‘Well, crap, oh well.’

  89. My ten-month-old grandson had a carseat setup that soothed him, y’know, back when he was little, by letting him see a squirming, moving, interesting baby as he stayed stuck in that back seat separated from his mommy at the wheel: him, in a mirror. Clark will see Clark. That hat was knitted perfectly!

  90. 1) Even though you’re a Woman Who runs with the Knitters, I’m willing to guess that percentage-wise, less than 1/10th of one percent will notice without it being specifically pointed out to them (of course, you have broadcast it to most of the known universe in your blog).
    2) Given that it appears to fall directly over your right boob, anyone scrutinizing that closely might not be interested in just the knitting and thus, will probably not notice anyway.
    3) Seriously Steph. You are a very busy woman and this anomaly has charm. Symmetry is overrated.

  91. Er. I can’t find it? What mis-crossed cable? I’m also pretty terrible at detail work. When it’s on you, no one is going to notice. If they’re going to notice, there is something wrong with them and I’m uncomfortable with someone staring at me for that long.

  92. Do you know what pattern Anna used for her sweater? Or did she design it herself too?! It’s beautiful!!

  93. Katie didn’t make a large, quick mistake with her baby hat – she made a hat that will look absolutely perfect in a mirror!

  94. I felt sick just looking at scissors next to your knitting – and I can’t even see the ‘error’. Anyway, as a previous commentator said, Perfection is for the Gods. Seriously, it is a beautiful sweater.

  95. I am glad your book tour is so much fun!!
    As far as your sweater goes, I can’t even see the error. If it were up to me, I might just leave it alone, and finish the sweater. The only possible problem with this plan is if it would ear out your insides everytime you looked at the sweater, and could think of nothing but the error every time you wore it. So, do what you have to do. However, as far as the rest of the world goes, it looks fine. In fact, it looks GREAT!!!
    Have fun on your tour!

  96. I’m with the ‘leave it’ crowd. In my early, teenage years of knitting, I asked more expert friends to show me where I went wrong. In my 20’s I was so smarty I could spot pattern errors in the book and change them. In my 30’s and 40’s I stopped knitting altogether. In my 50’s I bought yarn and (new!) bamboo needles but was so intimidated by the cost of wool, I was afraid to knit anything. In my 60’s I started knitting again anyway and found out I couldn’t keep track of anything. Mind less sharp than before. So now, If I make a mistake that doesn’t result in immediate total meltdown, I call it good and move right along. I know you have standards, and a public image to uphold, but darling dudette, call it Artistic License and sew the damned thing together so the remainder of your tour audiences can ooh and aah properly.

  97. If I were you I might take that scissors to the sweater in a fit of rage. I’m sure you have more patience, however. 🙂

  98. No – Skokie is not technically Chicago, but that dear city likes to envelope every town within 100 miles so just say, “Chicagoland” and that will make it alright.
    Second, I saw my friend, Sue in your crowd photo. I’m so glad she was able to get there to hear you speak as she’s a big fan and complete hoot in her own right.

  99. That sweater will be finished one day, and you’ll hopefully love it all the more because you spent so much time creating it, kind of like a kid. At least those are my thoughts as I re-knit the sleeves for my current cardigan because the first two were too small (that s#*t didn’t block out).

  100. You’ll be fixing two ‘ropes’ in the cable, right? At first I only saw the over,over,over problem, but its twin under,under,under started waving at me. It would be just too much heartache to fix one and discover the other later… Best of luck! I’m really enjoying your book tour updates.

  101. Immediately I went to yesterdays blog looking for why I missed mistwisted cables. Oh yeah I see, would you could you clip 1 stitch rippet some stitches and do plastic surgery? I will wait. For Kate, what a wise mum. When she holds up her son to a mirror he will see his name written the right way, not mirrored. I have a thing with right this week, like with right foot and left foot and right shoe on which foot and so on.

  102. To those who asked about Anna’s sweater: it’s the Klimt-sweater by Daniela Johannsenova and you can find it on Ravelry (and yes, I am sure – she is my local drug upps yarn dealer 😉 )

  103. You must be very travel tired to think that miscrossed cable needs correcting. Sweetie, it’s a conversation starter for other knitters and a perfect sweater in the eyes of muggles. Seam that baby up and wear it!
    Random extra thought: I wonder if we can compile a list of religions/ philosophical schools who believe purposely leaving in a flaw marks the humanity of the maker in a crafted item. I’ve always heard that the Shakers believed it.

  104. Dang, that sweater should have gone to the frog pond a long time ago, just to spare you the agony.

  105. Hey, Katie… Does your Clara cap read right if you turn it inside out? Purl can be festive, too!

  106. Hey Harlot! The sweater is beautiful, whether you fix it or not! The yarn color reminds me of sweet carmal apples and fall leaves! So pretty!
    As an aside, I was wondering if you or any other knitters had some advice for a moth problem. I am still an infant in my knitting life, and still have a stash box, but have recently found it contaminated with moths and larva. (yes, I wanted to gag) I seem to have caught it early enough that none of my yarn appears too damaged, but I really want to save my stash! (It’s too young to die!) Any suggestions for saving stash but killing moths, and avoiding future contamination? Thanks!

  107. Why fix it? It doesn’t affect the wear and it could be called “the sweater thart refused to be perfect”.

  108. hi! What a sweater for a first – or any, for that matter. Just love it; thanks for sharing.
    Heck, thanks for all the sharing you do.
    Hope all goes will with your sweater, whatever you decide to do or not do.

  109. Seriously? Miscrossed cable? Please, let it go, that sweater is so amazingly beautiful just the way it is! Honestly, why would anyone point it out to begin with?

  110. It looks like you had a great time and met ever so many fine people. You have the best audiences I’ve ever seen. Those kids are so cute. I always love the babies and little ones but the pic of the little six year old boy knitting is simply wonderful! Thanks for the great pics!

  111. I’m enjoying your book tour and seeing all who have attended with their projects. Gives me hope for finishing some of mine. BTW your sweater is awesome in all its stages and opportunities of learning.

  112. Ok, it took me A LOT of tries to find the mistake. But now, once I’ve found it, I can’t un-see it 🙁
    Good luck with the fix, like others have said: please share how you did it…
    The tour sounds like it’s going well, I just wish we could get to see you here in Canada (soon, right? Please? I know you have pretty much no control over it)

  113. I can’t even see which cable is wrong in the photo so chances are GOOD no one ever will be able to see it when you wear it. Who the $%#@ even pointed it out?? lol

  114. You don’t know (or maybe you do) how comforting it is to know that you too have mis-crossed cables. I thought my Arwen Cardigan was just inhabited by an gremlin who kept uncrossing my cables (that would be me, The Gremlin Queen). I finally thought I had the BLASTED thing behind me when I realized now I have to graft the cables. Evil. That Kate Gilbert is evil. Extremely clever and with excellent design skills but evil.
    I hope you tell how the scissors fits in with your cable repair.
    Cheers.

  115. Yeah! Jenny made your blog, but did she mention the orange and black socks she forgot having knit? 🙂

  116. @rams – why is it rude??? If it were my work, I would be grateful for someone pointing out the error before I sewed it all up. No need for folks to get antsy because someone pointed out a mistake in good faith in case it hadn’t been noticed. I work in software testing and if every programmer got pissy ever time I wrote up a defect report on their work, I wouldn’t survive the day, because that’s my job, and the developers appreciate the testers catching their bugs.
    Steph obviously hadn’t seen the mistake and so is probably grateful that it’s been pointed out – I know I sure would be.

  117. Anna’s sweater is so beautiful, and suits her to a T! Please let us know where you found (or designed?) the pattern for a sweater I can’t help but call “Anna Dancing.”

  118. To Kristi 😉
    To those who asked about Anna’s sweater: it’s the Klimt-sweater by Daniela Johannsenova and you can find it on Ravelry (and yes, I am sure – she is my local drug upps yarn dealer 😉 )
    Posted by: Maike at October 22, 2011 1:22 PM

  119. I think that as soon as you finish the sweater, you should start another one in exactly the same yarn. That way you’ll never know which one gave you all the trouble.

  120. Brilliant blog posting. I found your post very interesting, I think you are a brilliant writer. I added your blog to my bookmarks and will return in the future.

  121. I love Judit and Magda’s neck scarves, I need to find those patterns, can anyone give me any leads on those?

  122. I would have shoved the thing into a closet for at least a year before most likely just donating it. I’m so proud of you for fixing it. I could be wrong, but it actually looks like 2 wonky cables. Sorry to point that out, but if you’re going to fix 1…
    Be strong women, as I know you are. It’s going to be lovely. LOVE the color.

  123. I’ve noticed there hasn’t been a sock travelling with you. Did they all refuse to get in the bag with the beautiful-but-formidable sweater?!

  124. Sorry about the cable…I’d have to put it down for a bit. Sometimes I feel better if I throw a piece in the trash can. I wait until it feels sufficiently sorry for itself and then retrieve it.
    Can’t wait to see you on Monday.
    LKWaite

  125. I’m reading your new book now and love it. Re the lack of closet space in your ‘well aged’ home, I lived in Madrid, Spain as a teen (Dad was in the US Air Force). Very few places had closets then, unless it was built with Americans in mind. (Some apartments were). So most people bought armoirs. So at least we had somewhere to hang our clothes. Don’t know what the heck my folks did for other normally closet stored items. But we could hang our clothes up.

  126. Another vote from the compulsive side: yes, fix it, and also the one on the back. Any method you choose, you’ve blogged at least three methods.

  127. Oh no, no no no! *distracts Steph with kittens and gingerly removes the sissors from her being* Leave that danged miscrossed sweater alone!
    As for Anne’s sweater, my god, that is, like, soooo beautiful! And it is her first?! *faints*

  128. I vote that you follow the honored tradition of Native American weavers. Or, to put it another way…………make it like a kind of knitterly “Where’s Waldo.”

  129. STOP! The sweater is beautiful. Put it together and put it on before you hate it… Serious errors that I know will bother me, I fix. Otherwise, not so much. Wish I was near your schedule of visits.

  130. It was a ton of fun to stand (I had to figure out mass transit in a town I don’t know and finally gave up and took a cab) and knit and listen–haven’t had that good a laugh in a long time! I should have known that you knew 3 Irish Girls yarn already, however. And I thought I was being so clever to show you a new thing…thanks for a great evening!

  131. Leave it. miscrossed cables sounds romantic. sort of like star-crossed lovers: it almost was but wasn’t to be so you accept what is. Something beautiful in its own right.

  132. I wish I was 😉 Then I wouldn’t have been so star struck and stammering..
    The Chicago get together was great, never went to a book reading quite like that. I don’t know how Stephanie finds the energy to travel, do the book readings and signings and still do blog posts.
    The bookstores should turn the heat down a bit though for these particular occasions, so we could comfortably dress up in all our woolies.

  133. Ha! Ha! Vogue Knitting magazine had similar mistake on the front cover of their magazine.
    That was about 15 years ago. It became a best seller.
    Leave it there, it makes us all know a mistake is a mistake.

  134. So mad to have missed you when you were in my Chicago-land area. Wonderful to see so many who did make it. And as for people noticing a Miscrossed cable, oh well. Just tell them that the poor swetar has been through enough already and it needs it’s rest as I’m sure you do too after this intense tour. Good luck your amazing in how you handle all of it.

  135. I have never (and I mean never) had the opportunity to travel so thanks for taking me along with you. I have a few things but never cables and I am sorry but I don’t see the error. I have very poor eyesight, I wear bi-focals and have to wear another pair of glasses for the computer but I just don’t see it. I am very nervous with the scissors sitting on the sweater. You are certainly determined and a go getter – I sure do respect those qualities. Good luck but I don’t think luck is necessary. I have the utmost confidence in your ability.

  136. Ummmm – Skokie is to Chicago as Brookline is to Boston (i.e. both are close in suburbs of the city). I’m fairly sure, however, that Brooklyn actually is part of NYC – one of the 5 boroughs. I got cross eyed trying to see the miss crossed cable – I say leave it.

  137. I love the picture of the hat with the backwards ‘Clark’! Makes me feel better about the afterthought heel I put in my sock about 15 inches from the toe.

  138. I just wanted to let you know that I downloaded the book on Kindle yesterday, and it is terrific. I read the ENTIRE water balloon story to my husband last night, we were both in hysterics (we own 4 and 7 year old boys). Thanks for the great work!!

  139. Yay, Chicago (or er, Skokie). I see more than a few familiar faces. Know the names for a couple, but the rest…I’ve seen you at the LYS we call Chicagoland. Hopefully, you’re happily knitting with your SOs at home when you read this.

  140. I’m loving catching up on all of your travels!
    This is so true: “…experienced knitters don’t make fewer mistakes. They make larger ones faster.”

  141. Anna’s sweater is the third cutest picture in this entry. Only third because small people are always cuter.

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