*tink* *tink*


Tinking is the process of un-knitting (tink = knit backwards). This is something that is done when one has made one (or more) mistakes. Sometimes, you catch your mistake pretty quickly, and you only need to tink a few stitches. Other times, you don’t catch the mistake until you’ve made a decent amount of progress. When that happens, you have a few choices: 1) tink back to the mistake; 2) pull your needles out and carefully rip back your stitches to the mistake, and then re-insert the needles; or, 3) throw your project across the room and find a good stiff drink.


Good morning, Internets.

Today is looking to be remarkably unpleasant, meteorologically speaking. I hope everyone manages to stay cool, or – at the very least – hydrated. My plans for the day include geeking (which OSX keeps trying to correct to “geeing”), cleaning, knitting (probably finishing one of the SSMS™s) and perhaps lunch with G. There are definitely worse ways to spend a day. Best of luck with whatever adventures you may meet today!

Happy Day! (SSMS™)

The final installment of the Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl has arrived! It’s 30 rows as charted, with some optional repeats to add length. SSMS™ #3 will not be receiving any additional length, as I’m not sure about my yarn yardage, and would hate to run out before I’m done. However, I have plenty of extra Kauni Effekt, so SSMS™ #2 will continue to have all the extra length for which the pattern provides. (I’m also doing this because I love how seeing minor modifications to a pattern – such as extra repeats – provide for an entirely different finished product.)


SSMS™ #3: Part D Complete

Whoo! As predicted, the fourth installment of the SSMS™ showed up on Tuesday. You may recall that I have started three different iterations of this shawl, and have discarded one, because the yarn and I were not getting along with one another. So, the black and white Kauni is SSMS™ #2, and the new blue / purple Blue Heron is SSMS™ #3.

When the fourth installment of the pattern showed up, I was working on #3, so I kept working on through. The photo below represents a couple of pattern repeats of the work in progress. It’s coming along nicely, I think.

SSMS #3: 2012.07.12: Part D Complete

As for SSMS #2, I’ve alluded to the fact that I’d made some mistakes and corrected them. I was, however, only half right. I did, in fact, make mistakes. I did not correct them. So, last night I completely ripped it out and started over. I’m about 90% of the way through Part B right now, and should be fully caught up long before the next (and final) installment of the pattern shows up.

(I do actually do things other than knit, I swear. However, my pain levels have been pretty high, and my energy levels pretty low. This makes doing much of anything else difficult, so there’s been a bit more knitting than usual going on.)

… But why did the yarn go away?

More babbling about the SSMS™ follows. Continue at your own risk.

For those who don’t remember, the way this works, the subscribers to the pattern get updates once a week. With each update, we get a few additional rows, and we get to grow our fabric and it’s all spiffy and neat. We have thus far received three of the five parts. Right.

I’m knitting not one but two of these things. One will go to Jenn when it’s done, and the other one does not yet have a recipient lined up. I’ve restarted one of them at least twice. I’ve completely tossed one out, due to irreconcilable  differences between me and the yarn. All in all, I’m well entrenched in working with this pattern, and am committed to the cause. I’m somewhat addicted to this pattern at this point. I want to keep knitting it. You’d think that, what with having two of these underway, I’d be good, right?

Hah. Foolish mortal. I’m currently caught up on both of these shawls. I have no other knitting projects underway. I do not get a new pattern piece until Tuesday morning. What on earth am I going to do for the next 32 hours? I’m going to consider it a success if I don’t manage to cast on a third instance of this shawl.

It’s here! It’s here!

The new installment of the SSMS™ is here! Happy knitting to commence.

Marketing genius

Devious email from one of my local yarn stores: “We have power, we have AC, and we have yarn on sale!”

Just can’t get enough

It would seem that I am utterly hooked on the Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl (hereafter referred to as the SSMS™). I first started it on some Mille Colori Sock & Lace, and it’s turning out quite lovely. I took pictures of the work in progress after I finished the first pattern installment, but I can’t for the life of me find them. So, instead, you get two pictures of how things are looking after the second pattern installment.

2012.06.28: SSMS: Part B Complete
2012.06.28: SSMS: Part B Complete: Pattern Repeat

We got the second pattern installment on Tuesday. I didn’t get around to working on it until Wednesday, and finished up the new bit of knitting that day. Realizing that I was going to be sans shawl to work on for several days, I dug around in my yarn stash, and found the rest of the Kauni Effekt that I had kicking around, and cast on a second shawl. I admit it. I’m addicted.

[2012.06.29] Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl (2): Part B Complete

We don’t get another pattern installment until Tuesday! That hardly seems fair, with it being a holiday weekend and all. Ah well. I guess I shall have to try to feed my knitting jones by working on the giant rectangle of stockinette that I’m knitting up for a store sample for The Yarn Spot. We’ll see how that goes.