... for knitting without thinking. Again.
Insanity is defined as the seeming inability to learn from experience.
I was happily knitting away on the button band of the Celtic Knot Cardigan when I stopped to weave the 15 underam stitches. Wait a minute. 15? That's not very many held for the underarm, not when you are knitting at 7 stitches per inch. In the Elizabeth Zimmermann percentage system, you generally set aside 8-10% of the stitches at each underam. This is a large sweater on small needles--I've got some 400 stitches going here. And for well-fitting yoke sweaters in larger sizes, 10% is the best measurement. I should have set aside at least 40 stitches, not 15!!! This mistake impacts how the entire top of the sweater fits as well as the size of the neck opening. I'm setting this aside for a bit while I decide whether to detach the yoke and reattach it, or whether I should just reknit it, tweaking the colors in the pattern a bit (I wasn't totally happy with part of it). Gah.
And, you know, I was aware that something was amiss, but I just kept on going....
So, my knitting license has been suspended. The judge said I won't be fined if I promise to follow a pattern for once in my life. And no stranding knitting til you're done, little lady.
That's not so hard when I have these two projects waiting in the wings:
Yarn for a wonderful, muted Habu sweater--paper linen, silk, and mohair, all three strands held together. And a size 10.5 needle--I'm not sure I've got one....
And a pure white shawl--the Near Solstice Shawl (aka the Birddancing Shawl) by Bridget Rorem, Cashwool lace yarn by Baruffa. At knitting camp, I was gobsmacked when Bridget gave me a copy of the pattern to test knit! This triangular shawl is so lovely that I will even brave the Jemima Puddleduck look that women of my build are prone to.
Bridget plans to include this in her upcoming lace book (publication has been delayed a bit, but fans of Bridget's work need not despair).
So, wish me luck as I attempt to do what I'm told for a change...