Thursday, September 18, 2008

You Think Kitchener Stitch Sucks?

Well, have you un-kitchenered anything lately?
Not fun. But I suppose that is what I get for trying to quickly and surreptitiously finish my toe here at work.
A portion of yesterday's train ride home was indeed spent on feeling sorry for myself. Fortunately the headache never grew up, so I was functional when I got home. But I didn't end up doing much knitting last night—all efforts were focused on getting my chores done so I could go to bed early.
This morning I missed the train, sigh, so no help for the sock toe there.
But now I've spent most of the morning reviewing documents for a conference call this afternoon, allowing me to belt out the last few rows while I stared at my monitor.
And can I just pause to say they sent us (i.e., the press) the report so we could review it before the call and across every page they stamped in huge translucent grey letters "Embargoed until 1:30 PM EDT on 9/18/08". It's making it really hard to read. Will this magically go away at 1:30? Will they send us a new copy? It's just all too exciting.
Then I took the bold step of kitchenering too quickly. You would think the fact the back needle had three stitches when the front only had one would have set off alarm bells. But nooo, I finished it anyway and then realized I missed the second half of one stitch.
And another thing. Would someone please tell my why my mini darning needle isn't in the case? Forcing me to use a full size darning needle?
Oh, yeah, it is in Sundae waiting to finish attaching the trim. drat.
Now it is lunch time, so I spread my sandwich out on my desk and got to work. (Boss Man recognizes that I can knit and read at the same time—hands are moving eyes are occupied elsewhere. But even I can't claim to be focusing on anything but the sock when I'm kitchenering.)
Anyway, undoing a toe is a slow, complicated process involving two knitting needles and the darning needle. I carefully pick up the next stitch in line, then use the darning needle to pull the sewing strand out. Following the path of the strand is important to keep track of which stitch to stick your needle in next. I did manage to drop one, but it didn't get far. And the needles flop around, are either sticking out too much or not enough, it's just a mess.
Of course I can't ever just go back to where the mistake is, I have to pull out the whole toe (so glad I only leave 20 sts). I find I can't figure out where I am if I try to resume half way through (am I K taking off, P leaving on? Front, Back? Ack!). And, of course, all the stitches on at least one needle are usually twisted. Sure am glad I figured out how to recognize that situation as soon as I learned to knit! So you have to untwist them.
Then I finally kitchenered it back shut again. Phew! It's not quite done. I have three ends to weave in (there was a break in the yarn. What can I say, leftovers.), so I guess I won't get it in the mail until Saturday after all.
Oh well, at least I'm positioned to work on my Arrgyles now. I can spend tonight remembering what was going on and tomorrow knitting! yipee!

1 comment:

  1. I've messed up a few kitchenered toes myself. Usually I can "finagle" it so the mistake doesn't show. No way am I taking it out - not after you just showed me how hard it is!!