New page #1

Up under my title you will see a new page.  Stash Bust 2009.

Seeing as I start January 1, 2009, all totals are 0 right now.

Central Park Hoodie in Dream in Color classy will be the first project of 2009.  I’ve managed to get my WIP’s so under control that I only have 4 WIP’s left.  I will not be listing yarn that is currently in use on my stash bust 2009 page.  I will list yarn on 2008 WIP’s in which that particular ball of  yarn was begun and finished in 2009.  I still have to figure out what to do about partial skeins.

Do you want to know a secret?  I am not entirely sure I will cast on my central park hoodie right on January 1.  Why you might ask?  We all know I am a sucker for knit alongs.  But I am having such fun working on long term WIP’s that I just am not even sure I want to start something new!

Now, if you read that statement correctly you will realize that this shows real growth.  Seriously!  Over the past year it has been my goal to bring down my WIP list to a reasonable level.  It has been tough, I’ve fallen down, but I have finally done it and it is satisfying.

That can only mean one thing.  Surely 2009 can be the year I get my stash under control!  I’ve proven that I CAN do it, now I have to put it into practice.

Lace Surgery

I’ve been working on the icarus shawl for quite some time now.  On and off, since I cast on way back in May.  One of the reasons it is going slow is because the section I am working on is rather repetative and does not fulfill my lace knitting needs.  So in order to fix that little problem, I decided to take it to a knit night with the girls.  Being that we meet for wine and knitting, it is a bit dark and I am usually somewhat distracted.  So on one of those nights, I managed to make a jig where I should have jogged, and then jogged back when I should have jigged, and the resulting mess was not pleasing to the eye.  You see, when you look at the shawl, the long lines (or bones as I call them) need to be perfect.  And I had a broken bone.  It needed surgery.  I knew I couldn’t just leave it be, so of course I put the shawl into a long time out.

Since the holidays were quiet this year, and I was attempting to avoid casting on any new projects until January 1, I decided now was a good time to perform lace surgery.

Below is a picture of the problem, though I am not sure how easy it is to see it.

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Right above my middle knuckles is the jig where there should have been a jog.  At the tips of my fingers is the jog back.  Not ok!  I just didn’t want to see a broken bone in this shawl.

So, I thought I could document the lace surgery in case it would help someone else in the future.  Early in the morning, when it was quiet, I armed myself with my surgical instruments.

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A nice cup of coffee and two dpn’s just a bit smaller than the needles I am using to knit the shawl.

I then locate the problem stitches and drop them off the working needles.  I push the stitches I am not working with WAY BACK on the working needles so that they aren’t going anywhere.

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And then I do something which strikes fear in every knitters heart.  I purposely drop the problem stitches back down to where I no longer have a problem.

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You can see that I have indicated where I need to stop, because I know I don’t want to work any further down than I have to.

I picked up the problem stitches again, taking note of where I was within my pattern.  Have I picked up on a right or wrong side row?  This is critical information.  I started with a right side row, and you can see the yarn overs on either side of  the “bone” stitch.

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Now I have a bunch of threads that need to be worked back into the project one by one.  I start with the one closest to the dpn, making sure that I haven’t mixed them up.

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I then begin to knit that thread into the pattern.  I started with a pattern row, so my next row is a wrong side row, or a row that I would have purled if I was working back and forth.  Seeing as I am working the entire surgery from the front of the project, I need to knit all the  stitches in the next row.

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Once I have incorporated that thread, I move the stitches to the right hand side of the dpn they are now on, and start the next row, a pattern row.  I keep working each row until all the loose threads are worked back into the knitting.

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I then put the surgery stitches back on the project needles and continue with the lace.

This is a picture of a set lace bone

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You can see at some points there are still a few loose lace stitches, which is perfectly normal.  Remember, surgery requires healing.  It isn’t something that happens over night.  These stitches will be stretched during blocking and will most likely be unnoticeable.  If they are noticeable, I can then take a small needle and even out the stitches.