Last Sunday morning I went off with three trusty pals for a few days in a lodge in Pennsylvania, where we were planning to hike in a snowy landscape, eat three meals a day that we had nothing to do with preparing, solve all our problems and some of the world’s, and generally rest up.
It had taken me 5 minutes to throw a few clothes in a bag.
For once in my life, packing the knitting had been equally easy. I had high hopes of making progress on my Carbeth, perhaps even finishing it. I had one sleeve to cast on and knit, and then I’d be at the glorious yoke decreases, probably before we crossed the PA line.
As a safety precaution, I did pack a back-up project. I took along my project for the Fringe and Friends Log Cabin Knitalong, which has been lurching and limping along (depending on the day) in the sleeve/shoulder/neck portion of the back. It is not coincidental that this is the part of the project that does not involve log cabin knitting, and does involve reading a pattern for line-by-line shaping instructions. “Knit to 5 stitches before the last wrap, wrap and turn,” etc. etc. Never my favorite, but it has to be done.
I got in the car. We got on the road. (I was not driving.) I got out my Carbeth.
And realized that I only had four of the five double-pointed needles for the sleeve. The fifth one was back at home, on my desk. To make matters worse, I’d left the smaller set of dpns that I needed to start the ribbing on the new sleeve.
(This little piggy stayed home.)
So I didn’t work on Carbeth while I was away, and this is its current status, as of Wednesday afternoon:
Tantalizingly close to the Exciting Yoke Decreases. But still not there.
That back-up project sure came in handy. Can you imagine if I hadn’t had it? Faced with three days–let’s be honest, three hours–with no knitting, I surely would have whittled a U.S. 10 dpn out of kindling, using nail clippers and an emery board, or at least hobbled along with just the four needles. (I realize this would have worked ok, but I’m a weenie.)
Since my Relaxed Log Cabin pullover project presented a path requiring less gumption, that’s what I worked on for three relaxing days. I finished the back of it, and got a start on the front. So if those Carbeth yoke decreases get too taxing on my brain, I can now change the channel to sweet, easy log cabin knitting.
Eventually I’ll have two sweaters out of all this switching back and forth.
Speaking of Carbeth, I have to share Nell Ziroli’s version, with sleeve ribbing that goes all the way up and into the yoke. Isn’t it stunning? I love how those lines of ribbing merge into the neck.
Over on Instagram, Nell is wondering what to do for the neck. I initially thought she should stick with the wide foldover neck in the Carbeth pattern (if only for the fun of blocking it with a plate). But looking at it now, I’m thinking it would be cool to just bind it off in rib and leave it as a mock turtleneck. Can’t wait to see this one modeled.
Whichever knitalong you’re working on at the moment (I recommend both), I wish you speedy progress and no missing equipment.