Monday, February 04, 2008

"Seriously. NOT!! NOW!!!"

Welcome to the End of the World. We hope you've enjoyed your stay.

It probably doesn't look bad to you, but I'll have you know this is my third attempt to fix this mistake. If I can't do it soon, it'll be frog time - and tinking four 370-stitch rounds is a prospect that daunts even me.

15 comments:

mel said...

oh dear. I can here for a patching tutorial - but this? entirely too stressful.

Seriously, you are a stronger woman than I - best of luck and good knitting vibes! I hope it works out!

lizbon said...

Golly. And this would be why you see me knitting a lot of scarves...

kate said...

I need to go lay down. That scared me. You should post a warning before just flashing a picture like that to the world!!

I feel your pain. Sigh.

Jo said...

Ouch... good luck!

Cynthia said...

My oh, my. Good luck to you.

I've never tried pinning the strands like that; looks like it would help.

Carolyn said...

Oh, you've got this set up beautifully! I wish I were there to give a hand.

My suggestion? Get out the smallest needles you have (3 or 4 sizes smaller than what you're using, if possible), release the lowest strand of yarn from the nifty pin, and knit that first 'frogged back to' row. Mark it on the pattern if you need to. But actually knit it (it's more like robotic surgery than knitting, but the thought helps). Work from right to left. Then, tackle the next row. It really is doable.

Cheering in Minnesota ....

Bethro said...

Oh, I'm going back to my roots to offer prayer for you.

The rest of it looks really nice, though.

Gena said...

You can do it! Just knit a row, have some chocolate. Or wine. Or hard liquor, whatever gets you through it. Then repeat until you are done.

Good luck! And if you have to tink, I'm there with you; I've had to tink back 300-500 stitch rows on my current lace project. It sucks, but it's doable.

stitchin' girl said...

How scary is that photo!!!! Good luck - you are a better person than I to even try, but if history is any indication, you will persevere. I will keep my fingers crossed :o)

Kris said...

Oh NO! I know you can do it. Just go slow. And don't forget the libation of choice!

It't just a matter of knitting each row. Good luck

(backing away slowly from the crazed woman with the pointy sticks)

kate said...

Hee hee, Kris made me laugh at the mental image of the crazy woman with pointed sticks. Don't leave us hanging by a thread -- is it fixed or frogged?!?

Shan said...

It's neither.

I've done this kind of surgery before, and it's never been a problem. But I think what's happened here is, I've fixed this exact section previously and gotten the threads mixed up between two rows. So now when I go to fix it, I'm having huge entanglement issues. I'm actually considering cutting and knotting.....but not too seriously.

Actually the action I took was, I cast on a pair of socks.

amanda said...

Oh no. Good luck. Argh.

Cute patches in the previous post - thanks for the tutorial!

Jill said...

That's awful! If it were me, I'd stick the thing in the bottom of my WIP basket and never work on it again... but this is probably not the best option.

Maybe you could try a variation of this technique:
http://knitting.about.com/od/troubleshooting/ss/dropped_knit_3.htm

swoon said...

himmmm
I don't see a problem.

you got great advice from two comments that are confident in our abilities as knitters to fix boo-boos
fix it....
patch it...
whatever....
what's it matter a 100 years?
spend a month on the repair and have fun learning how to repair
Or heck get punk rock throw in some black yarn for a patch and zoom past or

Elizabeth Zimmerman would ask you to be confident in your ability to intuitively handle the problem. Maybe that means going off the pattern for a while. You may discover a thingy of your own that if repeated as she says becomes a pattern itself.

I love the shawl and all your work:)