Sunday, February 28, 2010

Adventures in Frogging

My new facecloth is off the needles, and ready for use! You've got to love little projects like this; talk about instant gratification! I've warned John once more that I'd better not find him using it to clean the bathroom and he's promised he wouldn't. I think I'll be having a nice hot bath some time today... just so I can use my new facecloth.

After discovering my mistake on the Joie de Printemps mitten yesterday, I decided I just had to fix it. I'd be looking at it constantly and it would drive me crazy. I'm just surprised I never noticed it before!

I wondered what would be the best "plan of attack" and decided the best thing to do would be to pick up all the stitches a round or two below the offending rounds. I used some of the cotton yarn left from the facecloth and a blunt tapestry needle. It was a bit fiddly, but I finally got the right number of stitches picked up and, while doing that, I found another mistake! On the round that I picked up, the palm stitches should be three light, three dark. As you can clearly see in the circle, there are four dark stitches. I do remember that row, though. That's where I dropped a stitch, picked it up and thought I had it right; apparently I didn't. I'll be fixing that little glitch, too.

In the following two pictures, you can see that I've picked up all the stitches (after double checking with the pattern to make sure I had the right round picked up all the way around) and I'm ready to rip back to that point.

In this last picture, I've frogged back to my picked up round and am ready to put the stitches back on the needles. I did manage to catch the working yarn with the cotton at one spot, but that really wasn't a big deal once the stitches were back on the needles and I pulled out the cotton yarn.

This morning, before the hockey game starts, I'll work on the mitten and, hopefully, finish the hand. Once the hockey game comes on, there will be only simple knitting, nothing that demands attention.

As a matter of fact, I'm working on a small project that WAS mindless knitting. Now, I've reached the part where there's some short row shaping. It has suddenly become a project that needs a bit of attention and is no longer Olympic-watching knitting.

Now, though, it's time for a cup of coffee and some quality mitten knitting time!

1 comment:

  1. I'm the same way. If I find a mistake, it drives me nuts until I go back and fix it. The mittens are going to be so pretty though, you will always be glad you went through that bit of extra care to make them "just right."

    Yes, little face cloths and dish cloths are both great little stress-free projects when we need a break from the more concentrated knitting.

    I found a very simple, basic pattern on Lion Brand for a dish cloth, and I am using it with the left over Caron Softee Baby yarns I have, to make what will eventually be a baby afghan. I love working on it because it requires absolutely no thought. Just the pure joy and comfort of the knitting. LOL

    Take care :)