Throw Me a Line

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.

WendyKnits MKAL…yes, STILL!

I am a profoundly slow knitter. Actually I don’t think I’m slow so much as I don’t put enough time in.  I try to get in at least 2 hours a day of “needle time” in before bed, but I want to put more time into it.  Knitting is one of the few things in life that I’m passionate about; I’m passionate about fiber arts in general; and I want to accomplish more.  I have more yarn and fiber than I will ever be able to use but still I want, nay need, more. Lmao.
I’m still working on the MKAL.  It’s an exclusive project. The first one I’ve ever worked on without an extra project to break up the monotony.  I’m at the beginning of clue #3. Another week or so and it will be donw.

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I wasn’t sure about the colorway but I have come to really like it. It will be hard to see it go, but it’s a Christmas gift. After this I’m going to finish Brooke ‘ s scarf (because it’s so close to being done I could scream), and then move on to other small gifts to knit.

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I particularly like the lace pattern on the edge.
Next time….NOT AGAIN…or how lifelines saved my sanity this summer/fall.