Thursday, May 03, 2007

Summery Icarus


It has been lovely these last few days in Glasgow - perfect sunny Icarus weather! I finally knat back the 4 rows to fix the problem above by 6pm on Friday. After dinner on Friday I sat back to resume when ... [click to enlarge the pic] if you look closely you will be able to see that I have knit 2 together on either side on the central line for two more lace knit rows below ...

What had taken 2 days of painstaking fixing has been done twice as much below. The boy saw me staring closely at Icarus and remarked that I looked as if I had been punched in the stomach...

... and so I decided that there were 2 options. Frog the whole thing [given the yarns' fusion capabilities this was not appealing] or try to fix it. I added an after-thought lifeline [yes I can hear how ridiculous and unlikely this is to work - but I was desperate!] and frogged back 5-ish rows.

Of course navigating the lifeline row amongst k2togs, yos and ssks was bound to be troublesome - especially as this is my first shawl. I learned ALOT about lace yarn fabric - including; how to rectify stitches picked up from the row above and the row below, how to k2tog, ssk using a crochet hook, how to add/remove yarn overs and so on.

Of course it shouldn't have worked - Karma should have punished me good for even trying such a thing as an 'after-thought' lifeline. But I was determined and - after many, many, many hours - it was fixed.

A lifeline has been added, and I will not knit Icarus at knitting meeting again - I have learned my lesson.

Such was the lovely sunniness yesterday that I took Icarus all to a grassy bit next to the Uni ...





... set up a wee area with iPod, strawberries, water and spent a happy hour lace knitting in the sun. Taking pictures of my own lap did draw a few curious looks ...



A final pretty shot of the tenements in Glasgow.

2 comments:

Nicole said...

Lovely shots! Looks like you're in a perfectly gorgeous area for knitting outside.

And I feel your pain on Icarus. I've done my own share of putting the YOs in the wrong place, and I too have learned how to do k2tog and ssk with a crochet hook or extra dpn.

Cheers!

jacqueline said...

i feel your pain as making a mistake in lace always makes me feel like i have been punched in the stomach!

i always love your photos of glasgow, it reminds me of my wee holiday there last august.