(Before I get to that, though, have you seen this? Stacey originally linked to it to show us the Epic Sock Yarn Stash – and I’ll admit I’ve never seen anything like it. But I loved the Wall of Crocs even more! I wonder if she’s a size 7…)
Why am I reflecting upon the First Five Repeats of Forest Canopy?
Because moving beyond them has been quite a challenge. The photo does show progress beyond that point, but not much.
For those knitting along, or for those who are just waving from the sidelines and enjoy a good cautionary tale, here are the truths I have picked up in the few days since casting on for FC:
1. Use. Lifelines. I have already relied on the first one I placed (after row 2 of the third repeat).
2. If you’re feeling like a smarty and think you don’t need to put in your next lifeline quite so soon, put it in anyway.
3. The above truths are directly related to the third truth: Knowing how to follow the pattern and knit the stitches does not cure one of Knitting ADD.
4. Neither does a glass of cabernet, however welcome and delicious.
5. Being able to see where you have made a mistake is a good thing – being able to rip back to the row where the mistake was made without a lifeline – priceless. I did it last night, when I realized I forgot a psso (see Knitting ADD). I held my breath for a good long time, too. Somehow I managed not to pass out.
Having said all of that, and in spite of my early ambivalence, this really is a great pattern for my neophyte purposes. It’s very easy to see where you are, and better yet, where you are actually supposed to be when you have botched something. I’m using the chart, so I have already learned a very useful skill. And I finally understand how the triangular shawl takes shape from those first five stitches. I still think it’s magic, rather than engineering, but I see it nonetheless.
For the curious, I’m using my Knitpicks Essential Sock Yarn in Meadow. It’s OK if you think it looks like something the dog barfed up – I like it, and the colors will “go” with my stuff. Size 6 Options circulars. Two lifelines inserted so far – one is indeed pink, so you’re not seeing things. The other is dental floss.
Do those of you who use lifelines generally pull out the previously-inserted one/s after you put in a new one? Or is it better to leave well enough alone until it’s all done?
How’s it going for ya’ll?? Confessions? Rants? Advice? Happy dances??
(We’ll aim for an update post every Monday-ish, since weekends are a good time for me to get some knitting done and get photos. But we’ll break that rule sometimes, because you know me by now.)