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Missing, Inaction

Dear Kay,
Oh, for pity’s sake, what a little stretch this has been. One Thing After Another. The end of school, the gearing up for summer. I’ve survived the karaoke booth at the school carnival, three field trips, one near elbow-break on a nine year old, a psychologically challenging trip to Costco (involving questions such as “A gallon of canola oil? I bought a gallon of canola oil?”). Ach, oy, crikey. The net result of all this chaos is that we seem to be planning to take a cruise to the Baltic Sea in August. I don’t even know how that happened. Six countries in seven days.
On top of it all, I have been SHUT DOWN on my favorite knitting project, the Belinda shawl I have been steadily motoring on.
I have to thank eagle-eyed Florence, sassy sassy Florence, who was hanging out with the equally sassy Amy (Ravelry link) at my recent (delightful) visit to Haus of Yarn. I’m sitting there, minding my own beeswax, holding up this Belinda shawl in progress, blabbing about linen laceweight or probably something along the lines of “I. Am. Almost. Done!” when Florence let loose with a gaspy sort of “Wait.”
I figured she was somehow transfixed by the beauty of the Hand Maiden Silk Lace yarn, or maybe by the brilliance of my yarnovers. I know, I thought modestly. I do know how to lay down a yarnover.
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I can’t believe she noticed this little problem, what with all my waving around of the project. I mean: I have been carrying this thing around for weeks, admiring my handiwork on a regular basis, yet I didn’t notice anything except the fact that I seemed to be making progress on it.
We instantly set up a Level 5 Biohazard Safe Zone in which to examine the problem. It was quickly obvious that a knit 2 together had failed to knit together much of anything. Just sitting there. In the slipperiest lace yarn you can imagine. Without unraveling even a single row below the gruesome misknit.
Much gratitude went to sassy Florence, but mostly I slid into a slough of knitting despond that just about broke my will to knit. The Failure is right in the middle of the shawl. Right there. I’m about to pick it up, but it still has a leadlike weight to it that I really need to get OVER.
In Cheerfuller News: A Winner!
The Giant Dishcloth Dishcloth Caption contest concluded a while back. After much hilarity and wonderment at the crayzee entries, the winner is:
“Not just WOW, but SHAM-WOW!”
Posted by Kathy Lappin at May 14, 2009 07:32 AM
Kathy, email me your address, and your prize will go out to you.
Love,
Ann

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54 Comments

  1. Oh – that HURTS!
    I have a similar issue in the first 4 inches of a completed – I thought – 70 inch long garter drop stitch shawl. It makes me SICK to think about ripping it out.

  2. Lovely lace. The little lock stitch holder looks kind of cute. You could always just leave it there (I know that won’t happen but you could).

  3. For Pete’s sake, ANNNNN. Let it go. Weave it right and fagetaboutit!

  4. Just sew it up. Kay will never notice.

  5. Doncha hate when that happens?

  6. Kay WILL TOO NOTICE! Kay is not so far gone that she will not notice a Clapotis breaking out in the middle of her Belinda!
    But Kay might prefer the Postmodern look — the refreshing lack of pretension–of an orange stitch marker. Right there in the middle of the shawl. A conversation piece. And also handy if I need a stitch marker.
    Is grafting a possibility here? A grafted K2tog, then weave in the ends? Am I making any sense (since I live a graft-free life, I have no idea if this is possible)?

  7. Hello Kay! I think Ann should do something like what you are saying as well. Under no circumstances is she to rip back.

  8. Don’t Rip!!!! If you can’t leaave plastic with linen for Kay, go with beads, or silver or gold. Don’t rip. You’re much more creative than that. And I’m working on a lace weight linen shawl out of the Fold Shawl book and can attest to it’s slipperyness (is that right?), and live in fear when it finally gets blocked and I see all of the mistakes.

  9. I would be despondent about that, too. I think you have to do the big rip.
    I am sewing together a blanket of squares for my daughter’s principal’s upcoming baby, and the elementary students at the school made most of the squares. I have become adept at embroidering little snowflakes to anchor/ cover up dropped stitches, but although that kinda works on a garter stitch baby blankie made by 8-year-olds, I don’t think it’s right in this case! Do it now!
    And congrats to Kathy!

  10. A cruise on the Baltic Sea! Wow! My husband and I went to Riga, Latvia last June to return my grandparents’ ashes to the city they loved and were forced to flee. It is gorgeous, and I hope you get a chance to see Riga as one of your stops!

  11. Looks like your end-of-the-school year force of will to HOLD IT ALL TOGETHER worked on the yarn, too. Impressive.

  12. I feel your pain. Ouch :(

  13. Weave it and leave it! You are cunnin’ enough to pull it off.

  14. I’m seeing this as a design feature. Put a bead on it. Call attention to it. Celebrate it!

  15. Ouch. I think I would cry if that was happening on one of the projects I’ve been working on. And probably rant and rave too. It wouldn’t be pretty.
    Time for a dose of courage (now in convenient shot sized carrying receptacles) and a bit of quiet time.

  16. Jeez. Just get some silk thread the same color and sew it. The thread should be thin enough that you won’t even see it. I would NOT go ripping back. Never in a million years. I’d figure out *some* way to fix it.

  17. If you decide to put in the hours required to Drop Down, please be sure to photograph it for us ;-)
    But I’d use a scrap and do a certain about of duplicate stitching to fix it….

  18. What about irish crochet tiny flowers in the same yarn and ‘scattering them strategically about’ after a ‘leetle mend-job’…would be charming and unique. Or just weird. I feel your pain.

  19. Can’t you just drop all the stitches down to that and then fix it and pick them back up again? If you can, would you post pictures of the surgery? Maybe everyone else is too polite to say so, but I want to look!

  20. Duplicate stitch? It can fix alot of errors, but I have never made that shawl so I don’t know…

  21. Damn, just rip it back and start motoring on again. It will suck but just do it quickly, like ripping off a bandage!

  22. I say use a twist tie.
    But seriously, if it were mine, the matching silk thread idea that Susan suggested is what I would do.

  23. It’s a heretical idea, but can you sew it? With careful weaving, it might not even be noticeable.

  24. I’m with the commenters who vote for a duplicate stitch or some kind of sewn fix. The mere thought of dropping down to fix it with yarn that slippery gives me the screaming heebie-jeebies. The horror…

  25. Yes, duplicate or sewing is the way to go. As much as we knitters tend to be perfectionists, sometimes a little “ingenuity” saves one a lot of heart ache and ripped stitches.

  26. I have the same problem with a Seasilk Shawl. To rip or not to rip? I’m totally paralyzed thinking about this.

  27. don’t rip. Either sew to fix or realize that when folded and draped over shoulders only you (okay, and all of us) will know.

  28. I am sorry to say if it was me I wouldn’t be happy till it was undone and fixed up properly! A good helping of chocolate always helps in these situations.

  29. I also vote for the sew, weave, and re-evaluate strategy. If you can’t stand it then, you’ll know pretty quick.

  30. I’m with Charlotte, zip back and make it right or you’ll be forever haunted!
    Think of it as getting your money’s worth out of your yarn.

  31. rip or not to rip
    if you want to go
    on the trip
    i would rip

  32. OMG — I feel your pain. Just remember that cruise, and everything will be better. We’re heading to the Caribbean in early November again, and that makes everything better, even miscrossed cables!

  33. I am definitely in the “don’t rip” faction. From personal experience, I know that it is entirely possible to pick up and sew in a fake stitch that would only be discernible to one who had such a horrendous case of OCD that she would count rows to find said fakery. Artful weaving in the solid vertical portion of the pattern will completely hide the loose ends.

  34. I agree with Pammie. I would drop the two stiches all the way down to the problem and fix the problem with a crochet hook and needles as appropriate. I’ve done it with Arans when I’ve miscrossed the cables. It isn’t hard. Just fiddly, but a fraction of the time involved in ripping and redoing.

  35. I’m sure one of the “Problem Ladies” can fix that easy enough,
    In another matter, are you visiting the land of nupps?

  36. “She was somehow transfixed by the brilliance of my yarnovers”–hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!
    You know, that happened to me once. I was in my early thirties, and buying some of my dad’s favorite port wine for his birthday. The salesman asked me for my driver’s licence. I started in all like “You’re PROOFING me?? I can’t BELIEVE you’re proofing me! Then he was forced to remind me that since I was paying by check, what he needed was an I.D. …
    And Kay, honey, of COURSE you’d notice–but how lovely and brave of you to intimate a preferance for the “Postmodern look”. (Ann, unless you can come up with a same color stitch marker, better let it rip!–I’m just saying). But, whatever you decide, get it done soon, as you need to begin work on some Latvian mittens for your cruise…
    Hey, is there such a thing as stitch markers that are “dyed to match”?
    LoveDiane
    P.S.–“Sham-Wow”? I don’t really get it (noooo, it’s not sooouuer graaaapes), but Congrats to Kathy, just the same.

  37. Rip or you’ll never hear the end of it! Yet, Kim’s twist tie sounds cool and it’s post-postmodern – perfect ITE (In This Economy). Hmmm, can we knit with twist ties?

  38. I’m with Susan, find some silk thread the same color and sew it together.

  39. I seem to remember having a wee bit o’trouble when I knit my Belinda for the book. I also remember a call to my doctor for some Serious Medication. In the end, I had to let it go. Something about a book deadline.
    I still regret not taking it back to the mistake.
    Just sayin’
    PS Glad you are both back. A girl worries.

  40. Oh, dear. I have a similar problem, a Kidsilk Haze Wisp wrap with a dropped stitch about halfway up. It’s been staring accusingly at me since I found it — after binding off, just before blocking.
    Though I hunched my shoulders and tried to ignore it, I’ve surrendered — I’m going to rip it back and re-knit. Even though Kidsilk Haze is much more forgiving than Seasilk, and my niece, the Wisp recipient, would never notice, a faked stitch would bug me forever.
    Hi, Kay, glad you’re here.

  41. What a bunch of good humor and support! Makes the day.
    Now that Kelly mentioned it, that was a very impressive amount of “holding it all together” energy. Maybe if I knit a Belinda, I’ll get some of that or a Baltic cruise. And, Kay, that’s true about a handy extra marker. Maybe it should stay orange, you know how hard they can be to find.
    I had to google shamwow to get it.

  42. Good catching! It would have been much worse, if any of those stitches had slipped.
    The baltic sea? If you visit Copenhagen, you should know that there is a lot of gorgeous yarn shops in the centre! ;)

  43. Man, what an awful moment when I first looked at that picture!!! Nothing to do with that minor mishap, I thought you were stretching the shawl over a newborn piglet…. or,EVEN WORSE, something else small pink and wrinkly!

  44. Oh Ann — please do keep us posted on the fix. While I understand the quest for perfection, I would try either duplicate stitch, silk thread or dropping and picking up with a crochet hook (which is somewhat gratifying in and of itself). There are just too many yarns and projects crying out for attention to rip back.

  45. Do., Not. Rip. It. Out. Remember the Navajo blanket theory: a mistake only goes to prove that it was hand made by a fallible human being. We are not gods.
    Just scramble something together to make a fix-up. You’re clever. You can do it.

  46. I agree with all the others; who is gonna know there is one teeny-weeny mistake?! Wear it and flaunt it! A random stranger who examines the stitches needs a shot of mace anyhow!

  47. If you are not able to fix it, I have a woman who can fix anything. Susan is her name and I really think she could help. Let us know.

  48. now I feel much better. There’s this scarf that is supposed to be a supportive gift for a friend with CA that is laying on my side table, complex Celtic crossover cables, miles of them just so with the one cable about 4 inches back that doesn’t quite cross the right way that made me give up hope for it and people who see it say, just go on, it’s not that big of deal. Now I see Ann in the same spot. Somehow there is comfort in this.

  49. I read somewhere years ago that some quilters would put a “mistake” somewhere in their quilts, so the quilt would not be perfect – their theory being that “perfection draws the Devil.” Now, we don’t want to be drawing the Devil, do we? Do not rip it. Fix it. That lovely little flaw will give the shawl uniqueness.

  50. Lovely lace! I would and have gone back and sewed up or fudged a mistake. Oh yes I have now I need to go eat some fudge…thanks

  51. Oh thank goodness, someone else had to google shamwow. Let me crawl back under my rock.

  52. Wow, I’m loving the suggestions on how to fix this, it’s like a mini class and a lesson in zen all at the same time.

  53. Oh please, please leave it. It seems like a Failure but it’s really a sign of the times you were knitting it in.
    I think you missed a stitch in the rhythm of making this shawl much like you missed a step in the rhythm of life with the unexpected loss of Peter. The stitch can not be replaced, but the hole it created can be lovingly repaired.

  54. It’s good to have you back in blogland. We’ve missed you!
    Linda