Gathering Courage

As I mentioned, we had indian food night at my house.  I had just recently finished the left front of the Sylvi coat.  Now, to understand this next part, you have to understand how the coat is constructed.  You slip the first stitch on the side in order that there is, hopefully, a nice tidy chain that runs from the bottom to the top of the coat.  Problem is, it is easy to get that chain consistent.  I managed to twist quite a few stitches as I was knitting it and I wasn’t sure I liked how it looked.  Why should I care?  Won’t it be hidden when I sew it together?  Why, no, it won’t.  Because the instructions say to seam on the inside, so that the chained edge shows on the front.  A detail in the coat so to speak.  So now you know why I might be upset about the twisted stitches in the chain.

I had read that I could drop the chain stitch, unravel it all the way to the bottom, and pick it up with a crochet hook, chaining it back to the top.  This, as you can imagine, was a bit of a scary prospect.  But I really wanted this to look nice.

So as I sat around the table with my glass of wine, I decided that the time to try it was right then, with supportive knitter friends around me.  I went and got the crochet hook, and o’kathy thought she had better take pictures.

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Bug decided she wanted to be in the middle of everything, so we let her model the coat.

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Sarah saw the crochet hook in my hand, and got a bit nervous:

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Monica seemed skeptical:

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And o’kathy was as supportive as ever:

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Once I had unraveled all the stitches, I look like a deer caught in the headlights!

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Though I am not sure if this was because I had recently almost fallen off my chair, or if it was due to those stitches.

Let’s take a closer look at the stitches:

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Nope, it wasn’t about the close call, those stitches ARE scary!

But after a false start or two, they all went back together nicely.

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A rather poor close up:

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Stay tuned for a few more pictures yet, I haven’t gotten through them all, but I wanted to share that little knitting adventure.

A Preview

So I hosted a small indian food knit night at my house last evening.  I just cannot get over how much fun I find it to be to have people into my own home.  It is enjoyable and relaxing and all that Miss Bug needs to be entertained is right at our fingertips.  Though I can’t make food like this on a regular basis, it was a perfect special occasion, and I really needed the distraction.

I’ve got more pictures at home (orangekathy, I think you left your camera at my house, and I stole your memory card and grabbed the knitnight pics, so I’ll upload some of them here tonight.)  But, I have a preview for you.  Deawn snapped a few shots which I was able to grab this morning from facebook.  This one I cannot resist showing right away!

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Great picture Deawn, you couldn’t have captured a better shot!

Stay tuned for picture by picture shots of the scary undertaking I attempted with my coat.  I don’t think anyone in the room believed I should try it….