Hello! *Big Wave* It’s a beautiful day today where I am and I’m hoping all of you are having a wonderful sun-shiny day too.
I was missing in action last week and I wish to tell you that the reason was because I got into this big fight with the Mantova Top and we were wrestling each other on the couch and after a bit of hair pulling on the top’s part, and some yarn biting from my part, we are now living peacefully with one another. Well…the living peacefully part is true, but the rest isn’t.
After battling the laziness, I fell sick (boo!). I couldn’t do any knitting from feeling weak, drowsy and all tired out. It was agony knowing I was only two inches away from completing the back yet I had absolutely no energy to knit. So the moment I felt better again, I reached out for my knitting bag, pulled out the needles and raced towards the finishing line.
Finally after 9 long weeks, I’m so very proud to present you:
The neck and shoulder shaping wasn’t as hair-tearing as I thought it would be. I was terrified when I saw the term ‘reverse shaping’, but all it means is just do the other side of the shaping as a mirror image of what you did initially. I just get scared when I see a generic description on my pattern instruction sheet. I feel much safer if the pattern spells out exactly what I have to do as if I am an idiot – anything to reduce my chances of making a mistake!
Anyway, the only little boo-boo I made while doing the shaping was not cutting off the yarn after I bind off for the right shoulder. The instruction said ‘rejoin yarn’, so I thought it meant that I had to keep the yarn as is (i.e still connected to the ball), and link the yarn to the stitches I left on a holder to start knitting again. There I was frowning and scratching my head, wondering why there was a tiny gap between my shoulder shaping and neck shaping. Knitting really does require common sense, and the guts to listen to your instinct. All I was hearing in my head at that point was, ‘This can’t be right!!! I must have done something wrong!’ So I hopped onto the almighty search engine to try and find out what ‘rejoin yarn’ really means.
Turns out I did have to cut off the yarn, then use the yarn from the ball to start knitting the stitches left on the holder. There you go! Learn something new with every project!!! I’m just so very very glad that I’ve finished the back piece and can finally start working the front. I had envisioned taking one month each to finish the two major pieces, so if all things had gone according to plan, I would have nearly finished the top by now. But oh well, things don’t always go according to plan. I just hope that I won’t take as long to finish the front piece and the sleeves.
That said, I better go cast on for the front piece now! Here’s me wishing everyone a lovely Tuesday!