A UFO in knitting is an unfinished object. Lots of knitters have them--those projects that sit on the needles forever. My last UFO was an afghan. I did eventually finish it. It only took me six years.
Last Monday I mentioned the lightweight sweater I started ages ago. (I looked it up on Ravelry. I started it in October of 2013.) I started working on it again. And things were going pretty well.
After all the mistakes I made with the gauge swatch, I wanted to be cautious with the actual project. For the first time in my knitting life, I started using lifelines. (A lifeline is a strand of yarn strung through a row of stitches. It's a place to rip back to if major mistakes were made, a way of keeping the knitter from having to rip the whole thing out and start over.)
This, of course, made no difference for the two years when I didn't touch the thing. And after moving my lifeline up the project, I began to wonder if I really needed it. After 10 rows or so, I started to feel like I was getting the hang of the stitch.
So, I pulled the lifeline from the knitting...
You know what happened next. I know you do.
The bottom brackets show what the stitches are supposed to look like. It should look the same in the top brackets. "Should". Doesn't.
On the bright side, I have become an expert and laddering back to fix errors. And, I had gotten the feel for the stitch pattern, so I knew how to fix it without having to start over.
It was just one panel that was easily findable. And I only had to rip out three rows.
I used a couple double pointed needles, recaptured the twelve stitches, reknit those three rows. Oh, did I mention that I repeat the stitch pattern ten times. And, naturally, I knit it wrong that entire row, so I had to do this fixing procedure ten times.
You'd think I'd be more careful. Well, maybe from now on?
And that's fixed. If you scroll between the first and last image, you'll see the difference in between the top brackets. So, it's all good now.
No, I'm not dropping a new lifeline. I think I proved that I can fix the stupid errors I'm making. I just hope that this is the...
Nope. Not going to say it. Not going to jinx myself.
What stupid mistakes have you made lately? Anything easily fixable?