Sunday, March 3, 2013

Keep Calm And (Re) Read The Map

I hit the trail early this morning. I'd crawled through seven rows yesterday but was hopeful I was on the right track and making progress. By light of day though I realized that my knitting wasn't looking like the pictures. 

One of the great things about Ravelry is reading other knitter's project notes.  I was not to feel stupid for having trouble following this pattern.  There were "issues" and I'd stumbled like many others.  My first (under-caffeinated) thought was the whole stupid thing was wrong and I was going to have to frog it and start over.


Calm down there, crazysheeplady!  I dissected the pattern and notes and found a couple simple to fix problems and the only big issue was a missed cable on the back panel.


The Reader's Digest version is that I was able to mark the stitches that were wrong.


Drop just those stitches down.


Cross the cable and pick the stitches back up to the current row.  Whew!  Fixed and back on the trail by 7:00 a.m.  Time to go spring Maisie from the barn!


The view from the back porch.  I love snow :-).  To have snow here during the the Iknitarod is making it extra fun.  They had to truck in snow for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod yesterday :-o.


Maisie comes up on the back porch for some "cereal" in the mornings.  She wasn't thrilled about the snow.  It gets in the way of grazing!


She's a clever lamb though and found a sheltered snack spot.


I battled through a few other questionable spots this afternoon, but am now up to row 17 and think I'm getting the hang of deciphering the pattern.  I hope I'm out of the woods and back on the fast track and hoping to put in a few more miles tonight.

23 comments:

The Dancing Donkey said...

Go team Sheep!

Alice said...

A stunning start to this sweater!

Michelle said...

I admit it; I am jealous of that developing sweater! Full-sized sweaters seem beyond my reach of time and ability, especially homespun ones.... BUT, I did pull out a cropped cardi I knit a few years ago and wore it last Wednesday, and it's not as bad as I remember. Received some compliments on it, in fact!

DFW said...

Does Maisie know she's a blog star?

Lori Skoog said...

Go Sara!

Sheepmom said...

I'm so happy that you have snow for your race! You are off to an awesome start. I'd still be puzzling over the quesionable area, trying to decide if it was wrong or not.... Go, crazysheeplady, go!

Tyche's Minder said...

Nice! Mush on.

Mary said...

I am a Maisie addict! :) I could watch her all day! How do you get anything DONE with all that adorableness to spend time with??

Tombstone Livestock said...

Lookin' good, from here on out I hope all the frog ponds are frozen over and you can mush right thru. Good Luck.

Tombstone Livestock said...

Lookin' good, from here on out I hope all the frog ponds are frozen over and you can mush right thru. Good Luck.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Very nice color that you're working with!!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Looking good..so glad the rough spots are all worked out...thanks for the Maisie video:)

majorasue said...

Brilliant save, and it's looking great already. Happy knitting!

LannieK said...

Nice start - great maneuver! Mush-on!
Wow! It's gonna be beautiful. Serious knitting withdrawl here. Gotta get this move over and done.
You've given me inspiration to start my sweater after this move! :-)

Bee Lady said...

Oh my goodness. I couldn't even begin to make that sweater. I'd be stumped at row 1. And the fix...forget it. I'd be frogging it. But, I wouldn't get that far anyway so I wouldn't have to frog it!

Maisie is adorable.

Cindy Bee

Shirley said...

Loved the peaceful video... happy lamb, lazy snowflakes, birds singing...
The sweater is going to be really nice. Love the beads woven into it.

Mary Ann said...

I like snow for about two days... now the mud is driving me crazy! Your piece is a lovely color... and so good to see Maisie so well!

LaColline said...

Super save on the cable stitches!
Number one rule when you are knitting under pressure: Don't Panic. (grin)

The Marcel yarn is lovely ~ he is showing off your stitches so well.

The Maisie break is the first commercial I've ever loved.
Knit On ~ we're cheering for you!

half_pint said...

What sort of cast on is that??

Terry said...

You're on a roll now!
Maisie has mastered grazing. Good girl!

thecrazysheeplady said...

That's a provisional cast on. It leave "live" stitches that you can go back and pick up and knit the other direction. In this case, it's for the collar.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Michelle, you are one of the most talented spinners I know! And everything you've knit has been perfect. It's time...

Michelle said...

Sara, you obviously have me confused with someone else! You regularly leave me in the dust in both departments!

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