Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Turning the Corner

I was slogging through the edging on Boundary Waters:

boundary waters edging

*Was* is the operative word, now I am coasting.

This is the first corner, and I never thought I would make it. I could not get this edging pattern in my head, and referring to the chart every (small) row was getting to be a drag and a half.

I kept thinking I would quit, rip back, and change to the edging I do like and have memorized (see here). This pattern would look nice with the other elements of Boundary Waters too, it is angular, geometric, like the lace in the shawl.

But I liked the shawl's intended edging. I like how it fits the theme of the shawl: it looks like a wave, and is (I think) half of the Print O' the Wave pattern. How fitting that the edging for Boundary Waters should be water.

There are a few irritants knitting this pattern as written: the pattern calls for knitting the first (outside) stitch on each row, and I am accustomed to slipping this stitch. I can see the reason why: it will make a more elastic edge. It's a good reason, and so I have been trying to knit, not slip. But this requires that I pay attention, because my default is to slip.

There is also an issue that has come to my attention with the slip-stitch at the joining edge: if I slip the first stitch, with the yarn in back, then knit the next stitches, that leaves a little bar on the back where the yarn passes over the slipped stitch. This bar of yarn is not there if I slip the stitch with the yarn in front, and then move the yarn to the back for the rest of the row. But (and you knew there was a but) this is awkward for me to do, and I find myself flailing around with the yarn (well, OK, maybe not flailing, but it is an awkward yarn move). All this results in too much thinking, not enough flow. So I have decided to content myself with the little flaw-which-is-not-really-a-flaw, and have the bar-stitch on the back. Bleh.

I have knitted this edging pattern before, on Fir Cone. I remember not being able to get the pattern repeat into my head then too, until the very end. This time, I told myself that I would go to the first corner, and if I couldn't get it by that time, I could rip back and start the other, known edging. I knew if I worked on this one for long enough, or in a continuous session or two, I might catch on. And I did! Finally.

How did this happen? Cold medication. I tell you, sometimes I need to turn off the chattering monkey-mind and just go with the flow. A slight fever probably helped. With fever, medication and sappy movies, my mind just got into the groove, and we (together) have turned the corner.


Blogger dragon knitter said...

duuuuuuuuuuuuuude. did ya get the munchies, too?

7:17 PM  
Blogger judy said...

I wonder if tequila would work as well? Cold meds?? I hate that muddle. ;-)

5:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even with some setbacks, lovely lace. That is something I just can't get my head around. A future goal no doubt...

5:48 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

I like the edging - so I'm glad you stuck with it. That'll be another lovely lace pattern to wear in these cold winter months. What's next?

7:05 AM  
Blogger claudia said...

Sometimes it still suprises me to come here and see lace knitting. I know. I'm slow to catch on....

12:05 PM  
Blogger Purple Fuzzy Mittens said...

"sometimes I need to turn off the chattering monkey-mind and just go with the flow" - I TOTALLY relate to this!!

5:04 PM  
Blogger Charleen said...

I think we're all enjoying the image of the chattering monkey-mind. I'm laughing at the same time I'm nodding my head! The shawl is gorgeous, glad you stuck it out.

5:35 PM  
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8:32 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

I can't imagine every knitting lace, but I've learned never to say never after I said that I would never knits socks -- why, when I could buy a perfectly good pair for a fraction of the cost. Now dozens of pairs later, in fact I'm wearing a pair this cold, frigid day, I say "can't imagine" so I won't have to eat humble pie later, and am content to enjoy the gorgeous lace of other knitters.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Birdsong said...

You'll be wearing this one soon!

11:45 AM  
Blogger Marcy said...

I'm so proud of you! I just know that one of these days you are going to get the hang of this knitting stuff.

4:43 PM  
Blogger Tandi said...

Gorgeous shawl! That edging is really cool.

6:26 PM  

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