March 24, 2004

Depends on how you look at it.

Well there's good news and bad news today. I'm either a triumphant, victorious knitter, deserving of praise and the spoils of war...or...really someone that's going to be the butt of obtuse knitting jokes. Be kind.

pointplanAfter much trial and error, comments reading and swatching for the swatch (I wish that weren't true....) I worked out how to handle the corner. I tried working the uber-point but it was going to be too pointy (Claudia...I know you think there is no such thing as too pointy, give it up) After experimenting with short rows that maintained the integrity of the lace, and then deciding that it was really a better idea to impale myself on my DPN collection, I opted for a fairly straightforward sort of gathered-attachement plan to ease me around the point. It wasn't easy, it wasn't pretty and I'm not proud of how long it took. It was way into the night by the time I had it figured...and I went to sleep feeling like the queen of the world.

Then I get up this morning and two things happened. Firstly, after having spent a hugely unreasonable amount of time working this out, I discovered that Lori had very nicely sent me a comment suggesting (with nice little directions) exactly how to do what I had spent hours working out. In fact, her comment landed in my inbox while I wasn't reading comments because I was busy trying to choke myself to death with a pad of graph paper and the corner of a laceweight swatch. (I, Stephanie, do hereby swear that after I ask my readers for help I will wait a reasonable amount of time for them to weigh in with clever and timesaving ideas. I will not charge ahead, doing things the hard way, frothing around the living room in the dead of night, whacked out on cold medication and giving my spouse another thing to write on the "Ways I can Prove My Wife is Insane In a Court Of Law" list.) Thank you Lori. Your attempt to save me from myself is duly noted.

Secondly, after I had recovered from the shock of realizing that if I only had checked my email I'd have three hours of my life back, I put the plan into motion. I nimbly knit to the critical starting point for the stunning Point Plan, and launched. The joy, the relief, the thrilling climactic ....oh.....

screwthepoint

Crap. Do you think that the "Point Plan" should take place somewhere even close to the point of the swatch? Do you? For crying out loud would somebody just kill me. I cannot believe that after this much freakin work on this shawl swatch that I would notice that I shouldn't be PAST the point when I begin the Point Plan! Who doesn't notice that! Who? Public mocking is too good for me. Today's knitting segment will feature Stephanie tinking back edging, screwing with the number of stitches before the point and stringing together expletives in new and creative ways.

In other news, these are quite possibly the cutest bootees in the history of the universe.

tigerbootees

If they would fit me, I would keep them. For anybody who was asking...the pattern is from 50 Baby bootees to knit, by Zoe Mellor.

Posted by Stephanie at March 24, 2004 10:50 AM