We were visiting college friends in PA this weekend. [yes, the Boar and I are college sweethearts. awwwww!] Anyway, these friends have a vacation home at Seven Springs which is about an hour outside of Pittsburgh. This means long car rides. Which for a knitter can be a wonderful thing. I went there with every intention of knitting a pair of these and also one of these.
The cabled fingerless mitts have been ripped —- I am having trouble getting gauge – she doesn’t say what gauge is and believe me, when a pattern is free, I am not complaining. Things were looking great, but when I got to the thumb gusset increases I began to think that my row gauge was way off. Speaking of the thumb increases, if you get a minute, read the directions for that part. I believe that she means to increase two stitches every third row for a grand total of eight stitches increased. Of course, the stitch count doesn’t quite work out if I interpret them that way, but if I increase eight stitches three times it is way off too. argh!
So when my brain got sick of trying to figure this one out, I turned to the other project I brought along. A simple cowl neck thingamagig. There are actually two patterns and I did one that it not pictured. Nothing easier than alternating rounds of stockinette stitch and garter. And it’s true — it was the perfect car ride project. Ideal knitting for hanging out with friends and drinking beer. When I got home last night I had a stroke of genius and decided to put it on a lifeline before doing the bind off. I thought I would be checking for length. Well, I looked like a goofball in it and so after a brief moment I ripped that back as well.
so there you have it — a solid 16 hours of knitting and nothing to show for it!