Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WIP Wednesday the Fourteenth

It is officially one month to W-day today. AAAAAAhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Okay, now that that is over with, on with the blog!

So, this most recent stripe of grey has given me a few problems. Last week I noticed that it looked like I had dropped a stitch, only I hadn't, but there was still a hole like I had dropped a stitch. Weird. So I went back and frogged a few rows to get rid of said hole. When I picked back up all my stitches though, some of them had gotten twisted around - but I wasn't about to frog what I had just done again to fix that. Then, when I was only two rows away from finishing the grey stripe, I noticed that a row back I had purled when I was supposed to have knitted, so I had to frog two rows to fix that, only to find that I had ended up with twisted stitches again. It's  not that noticeable, but you can see the stitches are kinda wonky in a couple of areas:

(The wonkyness is clearer in the middle of the picture there)

This cat girl I drew several years ago shares my frustration:

Is there a proper way to pick up stitches when you've had to frog?

On other fronts, the scarf isn't looking too bad over all. 

(I took the picture while at work again, so I couldn't really stretch it out :P )


  1. OMG, just reading about your frogging-and-redoing-and-twisted-stitch-finding makes me want to throw that (beautiful!) scarf at the wall. ...Which is fitting for a Slytherin scarf, I guess, that it's a little evil and troublesome.

    Also, your catgirl is awesome.

  2. I'm sorry to hear about the frogging and twisted stitches. My guess is that if you had a hole and you hadn't dropped a stitch to earn that hole, you likely had an accidental YO. Of course, I'm not expert - I'm sure others will weigh in with their opinions on the topic. :)

    I have a problem of twisting stitches when I pick them up alongside the heel flap in the socks I knit. I fix that when I go to knit said stitches on the next round. Before I knit the stitch, I pick up the twisted stitch on the left needle and carefully flip it around -- twist fixed. At least, that's the way it's worked for me and I'm probably not describing it well at all. (This is why I'm not writing a how-to-knit book.)

    That drawing is super cute - what inspired you to draw it?

  3. @Kathleen - Yeah, when I discovered that last problem I really did want to throw it at the wall and just forget about it. Oh well, now I just know to be more careful when I'm knitting at work, because I can guarantee you that that is when the issue happened - probably while I was in the middle of a tech call waiting for a customer to restart their computer :P

    And thank you for the compliment on the cat girl. She is a little cutie! I miss drawing her :)

  4. @WYPAD - What you described actually makes sense. I've done that when I've dropped a stitch, or have to go back and frog a stitch that's only two stitches back. I don't know why it didn't occur to me to try it here!

    And the catgirl was drawn back in 01 or 02. Back when I was a big Ducks Fan and the Ducks where in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time against the Devils. The Devils won. There's another part to that drawing that never got finished of a anime style dog boy with a bucket of popcorn over his head lol.

  5. I'm terrible at frogging and then picking stitches back up. Ooo, 1 month left! That's exciting!

    Is it my imagination or did you change the look of the blog?

  6. The scarf is looking great despite the frogging mishap. I really like that green and gray combination. If you encounter any twisted stitches, just knit into the back of the loop to untwist the stitch.

  7. The proper way is to just get your needle in there before you lose them. Then as you reknit each stitch look at the orientation of the stitch on the needle. If the right "leg" of the stitch is in the front of your needle (the stitch forms a loop over the needle, the yarn comes from the stitch below and then loops over the needle before going back into the stitch below) you are good. If the right "side/leg" of the stitch is at the back of your needle (comes out of the stitch below and goes to the back of the needle before looping over the needle to the front, where the left side goes back into the stitch below) it is twisted. To repair, knit into the back of the stitch or simply remove and turn the stitch to correct the loop. Am I making sense? If what you are making is a scarf, my guess, it likely won't be noticed unless it is draped right where it is at eye level or close. But likely, it won't be noticed by anyone who isn't a knitter. And even most knitters might not notice it.

  8. @Tami Klockau - Actually I did! And I changed my profile name from VeniVidiVoom to Christina. Since it's my real name and it's much more easier to pronounce :)

    @autumngeisha - I'll have to remember that for next time... but hopefully there won't be a next time, right scarf? *glares at the scarf*

    @Chrisknits The knitting into the back of the loop makes sense. I'll have to remember that for next time. But hopefully this won't happen again on this project.

  9. In the finished scarf those few wonky rows won't be noticeable at all. I tend to twist stitches when I pick them up, so I just look for them on the next row and knit thru the back loop (this seems easier than untwisting the stitch to knit it).

    I love the contrast between the gray & the green!