totally bummed

I'm have a bad knitting week. First of all, I'm having more problems with the Angel Top pattern than I've ever had with any pattern ever. Partly because it's a poorly written pattern, partly because I don't have enough lace experience, and partly because I'm just not paying enough attention.

Like I've said before, it's a 4 row pattern, with wrong sides purled, and the 2 right side rows are exactly the same, just one stitch off from each other. And since I don't keep track of rows while I knit, I kept forgetting whether to do row 1 or row 3 of the pattern. I thought I could tell by just looking at my last right side row, but apparently one time I couldn't, and so the pattern got off by half a repeat. In the photo above it's about an inch down from the top. You can't see it, can you? Didn't think so. Thank you. I'm just going to pretend like I meant to do that.

But then I got to the decreasing for the raglan sleeves. First I had to cast off 2 stitches at the beginning of the next two rows. No problem. Then I needed to decrease one stitch at the beginning and end of row 3, and then every 4th row after that. I messed up wrapping my head around decreasing while in the lace pattern (which itself has decreases and increases). Plus, I got mixed up and thought I needed to decrease 2 stitches at the beginning and end of row 3, rather than just one stitch. Needless to say, I totally screwed up the armhole shaping. Hopefully it won't be noticeable once I sew the sleeves in. If I ever get that far.

Something totally bummed me out even more than my lace errors, though. I put the cute purple hoodie on Baby the other day. The one I was so proud of and totally love as one of my favourite finished objects. It was fine (though a little dirty, never having been washed) when I put it on her. Then a few hours later I noticed a hole cut right in the middle of the front. Wah! She must have gotten it caught on something. But it's a very clean cut, so totally strange. And now I'll have to figure out someway to stop it from all unraveling. And then I guess I'll sew a pocket over it or something. :(

After all that, I needed a bit of mindless knitting. I wanted to use one of the skeins of Fleece Artist Country Mohair I got recently. So I decided to make a spiral scarf, aka curly whirly. Of course, with the knitting funk I've been in, I managed to even screw that up. I started with needles much too small (size 10.5) and it's just so dense. I've switched to size 13, hopefully that'll help.


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Macoco said...

No - I can't see the lace mistake at all. I wouldn't worry about it either! I'm so sorry about the purple hoodie - I hope you can sew it up.