I am a knitter. (surprised?) And I'm a rather old knitter, so have learned my knitting 'style' over the years. First and foremost, I'm fickled. I can be so madly in love with a new project that I'll be knitting until 3 am. Or, I can take a quick break from some knitting to run to the kitchen to refresh my glass of tea, get distracted en route, take a detour by the yarn closet and end up with something new on my needles---minus the tea. As much as I yearn for a more mindful, organized knitting life....that's just not me.
So....over the years I've created a few 'rules' for myself:
- Mark all over the pattern. Circle which size I'm making. Write down the size needles I'm using. (I usually have to go down 2 needle sizes, I'm such a loose knitter, but I don't always do this!) "X" out sections I've completed.
- Always, always, always put all this information in Ravelry, just in case I fail to write it on the pattern. (I like checks and balances....because sometimes I'm just too excited to start something and forget!!!)
- When I leave a project...even if it's just for that glass of tea (we all know now what can happen!!!)...indicate somehow where I am in the pattern....and this cannot just simply be the magnet marking my place on a magnetic board.
- Always always always keep the pattern, yarn, and needles together. ALWAYS.
How in heavens name I managed to ignore all 4 of my cardinal rules and end up in this mess, I'll never figure out.
Let me introduce you to Fairfield. Actually, you've already 'met' this version of Fairfield, but it's been nearly a year, so I'm sure you don't remember. I hardly remember.
Fairfield is on the left. An old mystery turtleneck pullover from our days in Buffalo is on the right, and I'm ripping it apart. Apparently, I failed to unravel the whole thing, though, before casting on (of course I didn't unravel the whole thing, what am I thinking?---I had to get started, right?) and I failed to relax all the kinks in the yarn. (I vaguely remember thinking I could just knit from one sweater to the other without even winding the yarn into balls, but I guess I changed my mind. I was real excited to start this one!) The kinky look doesn't bother me in the least...and will probably relax some with blocking. I'm totally fine with this look.
I discovered the back and the left front are finished! YAY, me! (But, I sort of v-a-g-u-e-l-y remember losing my place on the pattern and setting it aside...the other front??? I also v-a-g-u-e-l-y remember taking a part with me on a car trip--the other front??? and thinking I was going to run out of yarn. BUT, the pattern was in the bag. I guess not. BUT....there are no needles in the bag!!! Are they with a partially knit piece somewhere??? I have RULES, darn it!)
Well, back to 'the rules'....the needles are missing from the bag, the only indication of where I was on the pattern is the magnetic board that has jiggled who knows how much in a year of shifting stuff in the closet---or maybe, that doesn't matter because I was ready to start a new piece? I marked the size I was making (phew) but I failed to note needle size on either the pattern or in ravelry.
I V-A-G-U-E-L-Y remember choosing to go down only one needle size on this sweater, so that's my plan for the sleeves---and I'm sticking to it...
until the bag with the other front and the needles appears.