Mystery House



The mistake I’ve made most often with my Anniversary Mystery Shawl is the good old missed yarnover.  I’ll be flying along thinking things are going just fine until I come to a repeat that’s missing a stitch.  I have markers between the repeats — very necessary with this pattern — so it’s easy to find precisely where the problem is and backtrack to fix it.

But backtracking does slow things down.  Particularly as often as I’ve been doing it.  So I’m now counting my stitches after each pattern row.  Takes a few minutes, but doesn’t take as long as unknitting does.  Count, count, count.  Much counting around here.

Blue Lace

I’m also counting the days until our big house project will be done.  In fact, the lights in Casa Mystery will be out for a week or so, starting tomorrow, while furniture is moved into strange places where it doesn’t usually live, and pretty new tile is laid downstairs.  I’ll be checking email sporadically (and maybe even responding to it), but won’t post anything new here until it’s all done and my office is back to normal.  There will be a large wooden thing in it which will completely block the desk.  And my temporary office (the newly painted yarn boudoir which is pink! pink! pink!) has no internet connection.  Well, it used to.  But there was an incident.

Yeah, that means no food this Friday.  Sorry.  Next Friday?  We’ll see.  Depends on when the tile is done, so I hope you have something in the freezer you can defrost and throw on the grill.

See you in a week or so.  In the meantime, I’ll be knitting, reading and attempting to work during all the chaos.  If you miss me terribly, leave a note with the guard at the gate.  He might come out of the guard house to deliver it if you bribe him with cheese.

Maxwell in Box

Happy Knitting!



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  1. * Guinifer says:

    Beautiful lace, as usual.
    Good luck with it all!!!

    Posted 10 years, 3 months ago
  2. * bezzie says:

    Wow, you’re so good. I usually just M1 where I know I missed a YO. Yes, I’m a lazy knitter 😉
    Good luck with the improvements. And a cheese hound huh? I’ve got a couple of those of the feline persuasion.

    Posted 10 years, 3 months ago
  3. * cursingmama says:

    Good luck with the tiling – can’t wait to see the finished product.

    Posted 10 years, 3 months ago
  4. * Chris says:

    On the rare occasions that I knit lace, I have to count and count and count and count… Good luck getting your house project done!

    Posted 10 years, 3 months ago
  5. * deb says:

    One cookie and that guard is MINE!!!

    Posted 10 years, 3 months ago
  6. * del says:

    The shrimp from your last post looks sooooo delicious. Good luck with the big project.

    Posted 10 years, 3 months ago
  7. * Carrie K says:

    He’s so cute!
    Glad to hear I’m not the only one who has to count stitches after every row. Tedious yes, but not as tedious and soul stripping as frogging 80 million times.
    Have fun with the renovations! I’ll try to rustle up grub on my own on Friday (or check w/Amy) but there had better be before and after pix to make it up to me! 😉

    Posted 10 years, 3 months ago
  8. * kmkat says:

    I had to growl at the cat tonight when he attempted to make away with my cheese. He didn’t bother the crackers, weird.
    Good luck with the project. If it only lasts a week your sanity is probably safe. It’s the never-ending projects that make your head explode.

    Posted 10 years, 3 months ago
  9. What you need to do with lace is read the row below. By that I mean, if you see the stitch below is suppose to be a yarnover and you see it isn’t … then it’s missing. Check it out and turn your work around and study the row below on the chart. Was a yarnover suppose to be put in? Then just pick up the yarn where it’s suppose to be & put it onto the left needle. Turn your work back around and continue. This can also happen when you have a yarnover in a spot it’s not suppose to be. Then you can just drop it … and put it where it’s suppose to be if you have to. Such as it being on the wrong side of a decrease.
    I hope I explained that right. But anyways, once I learned to do this I only have to place markers at the two end motifs to remind me to do the end garter stitches or whatever it is (because it’s usually different) and it’s so much easier to know I’m doing it right.

    Posted 10 years, 2 months ago

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