Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Counting and Recounting

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Last week I couldn't muster up much interest in knitting (apart from the little earrings).  I knew in the back of my mind that what was stopping me was the mind numbing task of confirming that I had picked up exactly 865 stitches from the Princess edging onto the my needles and knitting the first row of the wide border pattern.

But in order to get knitting I had to count, so counting I did. Now, I don't know about other knitters but counting hundreds of stitches reduces me to jelly.  Not because I struggle with the basic flow of numbers - it is just that I get a different answer each and every time I count.

Of course that's if I make it to the end without the phone ringing, the doorbell ringing or (more often) losing interest and allowing my mind to wander so that I manage to to forget where the heck I was.  Stitch markers at regular intervals help - but even then I find myself with too many or too few stitches at the end and then have to recount all of the sections and ... well ... it's no fun.

But I did it.  I counted (a few times). And counted again.  And  I eventually decided I had 865 stitches and I started knitting.

And knitting.

And knitting.

It was like I was making up for not knitting for so long, I couldn't stop!

I knit 27,680 stitches. (That's 32 rows, but it sounds better in stitches.)  I am officially on a knitting spree.

If you squint a little when you look at this picture you can almost see how it will look with a bit of blocking.

And with the nasty counting over I think the Princess and I can finally start to become friends.

(I think I've FINALLY found an advantage to the inside out construction of this shawl - it's a little easier to photograph the pattern while it's on the needles!)

(And no, that doesn't make it worth it.)


fleegle said...

As always, I am impressed by both your speed and skill. Guess it will be done next week, huh?

Yarn Changer said...

I agree, it looks fabulous. And counting that high would reduce me to tears of boredom as well. You deserve lots of knitting time after doing that multiple times.

LittleBerry said...

Glad someone else gets different number of stitch counts everytime they count ;o) It's looking good though..

The Caked Crusader said...

As a non knitter (crochet has my heart) I cannot fathom how you can keep track of something so vast. But I have complete faith in you and that, ooh in about a day, it will look a) awesome and b) finished!