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It’s all their fault.

September 7, 2008

One of the many projects I have going right now is Truly Tasha’s Shawl, a free pattern from Nancy Bush’s website (RAV).  I’m using Cestari Special Cotton Blend yarn in Green Heather, a cotton/wool blend yarn that I got on sale a couple of years ago.  The yarn is perfect for this shawl pattern.

Truly Tasha's Shawl
I’m much farther along now. And this color is wrong-o.

I started this pattern because it is a very, very good traveling project.  For the body of the shawl, each row is as follows: YO, K2tog, YO, knit to end.  Easy as pie.  Perfect for vacation.  I took it to Buffalo with me in July, and camping too (although camping with young children provides very little in the way of “free time”).

I’m rather far along on the shawl now, getting closer and closer to starting that precious and delightful edging, which, by the way, is applied to the live stitches at the top edge….just in case you were wondering.

Truly Tasha's Shawl

But this morning when I picked this up to knit on it a little, I noticed two errors.  I somehow managed to fudge up that very simple YO, K2tog, YO at the beginning of two rows.  How could I be so boneheaded to mess up the easiest pattern in the universe?  Then I realized that the last time I knit on the shawl was Thursday night.  My knitting group night.

truly tasha's shawl
You can barely see the error. And that’s why I won’t rip back.

I blame my knitting friends.  They are alltogether too much fun.  They encourage me to drink beer whilst I knit, have me fondle their gorgeous works-in-progress thereby taking my attention off my own project, and make me laugh far too often.  Would YOU remember a YO, K2tog, YO at the beginning of every row under such circumstances?  I thought not.

On top of that, I brought my Mom* to my knitting group.  She was fine while she was knitting.  She has just recently mastered the tricky Knitting-While-Wathcing-TV but she’s still working on Knitting-and-Talking.  So she knit for a while, most likely just Knitting-and-Listening.  But then she put her project away and got to talking with my friends, eventually dishing my most embarrassing childhood stories**.  Everyone was practically tipping over from laughter as I sat, red-faced, with my head in my hands.

Mom, you are SO not invited back.

But seriously.  Do you mess up your knitting when knitting under the influence (of friends and/or beer)?  Is there an ideal project?  What do you bring to your knitting group?

*I know I’m poking fun at my Mom here, but she is really a wonderful knitter.  She’s working on a Moderne Log Cabin blanket and it is a whole pile of awesome.  I’ll have to show you pictures when she finishes.  And Mom, you can come back to my knitting group, I was just kidding.
**Holly:  She told them about my blanket.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. September 7, 2008 2:18 pm

    We were just talking about this at my knitting group this morning. It seems that easiest rows are the ones we mess up most often.

    Your shawl is beautiful, I love the color.

  2. h-spo permalink
    September 7, 2008 2:25 pm

    oh. my. gosh.

    i kept thinking while i was reading the post…what stories did mom tell?

    she revealed the big kahuna, sis.

  3. h-spo permalink
    September 7, 2008 2:26 pm

    oh. i still have my blanket, by the way.

  4. h-spo permalink
    September 7, 2008 2:26 pm

    i’ll be 32 years old in december.

  5. September 7, 2008 4:45 pm

    oh yes i mess up all the time. i can drink wine and knit if i am alone but all that talking.

    unfortunately i don’t have a real knitting circle. i have a lot of time for focused knitting on my own. and i like that too.

    looking forward to seeing your shawl.

  6. MOM permalink
    September 7, 2008 8:44 pm

    Holly, they all know about your blanket because Mandy told that story. Mandy, it was really fun at knitting night, fun friends(happy to meet all of you, I was sooo impressed with your work) and good talk. Nothing better than that. Also, you are my biggest fan when I knit, so I figured you were just kidding. Love,MOM

  7. September 8, 2008 2:07 am

    That is a pretty color! Glad you had a great time! I wish I had a group that I could knit with.

  8. September 8, 2008 2:05 pm

    I think it was entirely TOO DARK there. No need to blame the beer or the company. It was the strange-not-really-strange music and the super-uber bad lighting.

    The stories were great, though none of the rest of us had our relatives tell embarrassing stories. You held up remarkable well. 🙂 Your mom is a great story teller! I’m not helping…sorry.

  9. Jen permalink
    September 9, 2008 12:32 am

    When I go to the knitting group, I have to bring plain ole garter stitch or dishcloths. And I’m still in “listen-only” mode. But it’s fun nonetheless and I learn a lot. Drinking while knitting: proceed with caution!

    Now I want to hear the story about the blanket. I’ll ask your mom the next time I see her 🙂

  10. September 15, 2008 9:14 pm

    I keep seeing shawls that make much more sense to knit than the one I am knitting. This is going to be lovely when all is said and done!

  11. September 18, 2008 3:50 am

    Your mother is adorable, and she really did have all of us just about falling off our chairs (or was that the beer?) Wiser heads have told me it’s always the smart ones that give the most trouble . . . not that you were any trouble . . . I should shut up now.

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