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||Posted - 05/03/2012 : 5:29:57 PM
I'm almost finished knitting the Fiber Trends Pattern which has three knitted baby blankets. I am doing the one with simple garter stitch with a row of "old shale" every 8 rows.
As I am getting to the last 6 inches, I am having endless trouble getting the 6 yarn overs of the "old shale" pattern placed properly. I have either one too many or one too few stitches at the end of the row. I've tinked and reknitted several times.
I have done this little blanket three times previously, and have never encountered such a tenacious problem! But this blanket has a history:
In the summer of 2009. my older son was dying of colon cancer. My husband and I were with him for almost 5 months in Atlanta, loving him and caring for him until he died. It was a terribly hard time, as you can imagine. Taking advice from some loving friends on KR, I bought yarn and needles to knit the baby blanket for Afghans for Afghans. It helped me very much to be knitting for others in need while I suffered, and I progressed really well. Once I got back home, I took it up several times, and got to this "almost finished " point late last year. Then the trouble started, and now I am frustrated and sad. I missed the deadline for "A for A" long ago, and its like I can't finish it. I keep getting these "off " rows.
Have you got any hints for counting or correcting the problem? I tend to knit by my "instinct", and don't use counters usually.
Life is beautiful.
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||Posted - 05/10/2012 : 2:39:34 PM
This is such a loving thread. Anna, indeed, put it away, and then use the stitch markers to keep place and to help heal. I have a baby blanket I knit for a grandchild that didn't come, though I can see her grown up, in my mind. It helps me.
"Life is good if you don't weaken." Calvin Coolidge
||Posted - 05/06/2012 : 02:53:43 AM
Anna, I remember when you started this blanket. Rough times. Then you helped me through the following summer with my sister. I miss our NOs!
Do you do Old Shale without stitch markers?! You ARE brave! I wouldn't attempt it without them. And I really like how Nancy compared them to a rosary or worry beads! A prayer or good thought sent at each marker ... That sounds great. I must go dig out my Old Shale kitchen curtain I started years ago. Always lots to pray over or worry about!
||Posted - 05/04/2012 : 8:47:28 PM
Thanks for your help, everybody. I am going to do what Flicka suggests for awhile, and then pay attention to either cast off, or get serious, and use markers, and all the help I can get.
Life is beautiful.
||Posted - 05/04/2012 : 4:16:40 PM
Have you tried using stitch markers on that row? I know it is simple and perhaps you feel you ought not to need them, but sometimes they can act as an aid to concentration, pulling your attention back to the immediate moment - like worry beads, or a rosary!
"Learning how to knit was a snap.It was learning how to stop that nearly destroyed me." Erma Bombeck
||Posted - 05/04/2012 : 3:33:34 PM
Anna, you are a brave girl picking the baby blanket up again, but I agree with Rachel, move on. Maybe a good friend can finish it for you? I'm so sad to hear that you lost your son.
||Posted - 05/03/2012 : 8:07:26 PM
Anna, may I suggest that you keep the blanket on the needles and hold onto it. Tight.
With great affection,
||Posted - 05/03/2012 : 6:26:52 PM
First of all, I want to say that I am so sorry about your son. I didn't know. I cannot only try to imagine what you all have gone through.
I don't have any great advice about the pattern - it seems that you know the stitch and have gone quite far. I'm no psychologist and won't try to pretend, so I'll advise picking up some scrap yarn and swatching the pattern. Maybe that could help you see where you've gone wrong, and/or get you over the emotional hump of finishing the blanket. Or, tink back a bit farther on the actual blanket to a point where you are sure the stitch count matches up. It could be something as simple as a missing yarnover somewhere in the row(s) before the one you keep tinking. That has happened to me before.
But most importantly, I did want to again say how sorry I am for your loss.
"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.' "
||Posted - 05/03/2012 : 6:22:28 PM
Bind off, move on?
As I get older, I prefer to knit. Tracey Ullman
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