A lifeline, that is. I’ve known about, and used lifelines on and off through my knitting life. I know how useful they can be and that they can save a project (especially a lace one) but they have always seemed like such a pain in the rear to me, especially on projects that have a ton of stitches. So I’ve been generally lazy about them and then I make a mistake with a lace row/round and b/c the only lifeline is WAY down at the bottom of the project, I end up tearing the whole thing out and starting over, frogging the whole thing or putting it aside until I “figure out how to fix it” even though I know I never will.
So with this MKAL I’ve been working on, I’m using a lifeline faithfully at the end of every repeat. Of course I’ve missed a few times, but it’s been okay. I’ve discovered, though, that even in a fairly simple pattern like this, if you are going to do ANYTHING else while working it, lifelines are not only recommended, but IMO they are necessary. I’ve had to rip back to my last lifeline at least 4 times during the course of the project. I have never been so grateful as I was the last time. If I had been my usual lifeline skipping self I fear this shawl would have been gone a LONG time ago. LOL I would much rather take the few minutes extra to add a lifeline rather than having to rip out entire sections of this.
It was supposed to be a really quick knit, but it ended up being a summer through fall project. Hell, it takes me 2 months to make a pair of socks. I tend to have knitting ADD and I want to work on a million things at once, but then nothing at all gets finished. So now I’m working on MKAL only until I finish it. Fingers crossed. My deadline is Novermber 10th and I’m hoping to be able to crank out at least the 2nd sock to the pair I started for Brad almost 2 years ago. Sadly, it’s sport weight, plain vanilla and only a cuff sock. I actually finished the pair earlier this year, but the 2nd one came out very different from the first and I am trying very hard to motivate enough to knit it….again.