Despair! Knitting WIP. Lifelines. More holes than a cheese grater.

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Oh despair! I recently started another new project – yes, I know I told myself and everyone here that I would not start something new until I had more finished projects .. there was a good reason for this one though and I used yarn from my stash which justified it.

I had a five hour car journey ahead of me. I thought I’d stretch myself, try something a little different. ‘What could go wrong?’ Ha! Lots it turns out!

My latest WIP had got to the stage of sewing up. Who can sew up knitting in a car? If there is anyone who can, please give me hints on how to keep pieces straight on my lap and not lose marker pins and sewing needles in the footwell – I am all ears. Note, I’d be the passenger not the driver, of course! I chose a new project over the sewing up this time.

I did about a third on the journey

I hadn’t made anything lacy in a very long time and realised early on it’s probably because I prefer simple knits. I am using a vintage pattern but am not using vintage cotton and I am adjusting size and shaping. The gauge is slightly off (it grows in length but the width seems ok). I am making it longer than the pattern says so I did two borders rather than one. I went wrong a lot, ripped it back, reknit it. I did not mark off some rows as I knitted, I counted wrong. You name it, I did it! The yellow lines are lifelines, thank goodness I knew about those and had spare yarn with me (of course, I never travel with the bare minimum, not only in my craft bag).

I am now onto the armhole shaping. I am a triangle, a lot less wide at the shoulder than Mrs Average (who is Mrs Average, by the way?). Therefore narrowing the shoulder line involves more counting. Whilst the main body lace is easier than the border, knitting when weary means another lifeline after going wrong again, missing out a row, losing a stitch several rows back (how did I not notice? possibly a missed YO somewhere). I think this may be one of those projects that will take a long time.

Note to self, future car journeys, knit small and easy! Our final destination was to our house in France. We had a glorious weekend of sunshine and R&R, despite the knitting calamity on the way.

Since then, we had a wedding to go to back here in the UK. These fairy lights are just a snippet of the day I wanted to share here. Fantastic day, lovely party, love a wedding!

6 thoughts on “Despair! Knitting WIP. Lifelines. More holes than a cheese grater.

    ReginaMary said:
    April 3, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Well, that was quite the adventure. Everything looks lovely!! I am guessing that you don’t get car sick from reading. I can knit in the car, but it has to be something I have committed to memory.

      tinaor responded:
      April 5, 2019 at 8:09 am

      Oddly enough I am ok with knitting in the car – I used to be able to read books or magazines but that makes me feel woozy now.

    Dartmoor Yarns said:
    April 4, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Sounds as if, despite the knitting, you’ve had a lovely time.
    I have different projects for different car journeys. Local bendy roads are always something I won’t need to even glance down at. Motorways and the A30 I can knit anything – unless hubby is in a very chatty mood.
    As for sewing up knitting, I’m rubbish enough at that when I’m sat on the settee!

      tinaor responded:
      April 5, 2019 at 8:13 am

      Yes the trip was worth it overall. I usually knit simple things in the car in case my hubby suddenly realises we’re lost then there’s a lot of scrabbling around for a road atlas or we get to a road toll and I have to stop mid row to sort out pennies for the toll booth!

    quiteayarnblog said:
    April 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Busy time! You are brave to knit lace in the car 🙂 It is looking great, by the way!

    saltwaterhillknits said:
    April 8, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Your lace top is gorgeous and I’m completely confident you’ll work out the glitches. I don’t knit lace very often, but I swear by lifelines. I’ve used them in non-lace items — for example, to mark the end point of ripping out a foot of a top-down sock that was too small.


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