Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Blindly following the carrot

I've picked up my carrot cardi again and oh, how I missed it. If only I weren't too bewildered by sleep deprivation to be able to follow basic instructions.

For example:

If you have just read instructions for one side of the fabric that tell you to work to the last 15 stitches and do something, wouldn't you know instinctively that the instructions for the other side that tell you purl until there are 15 stitches on the right needle must translate to "P15", and not purl to the last 15 stitches of the row and do something else there?

Not if you can't tell the difference between left and right, I guess.

Fortunately I was being compulsive about doing both fronts at the same time, and I caught my mistake on the second front when it was just a matter of ripping back two rows on the first to fix it.

Isn't it pretty? The button band is worked with the body.

This pattern is a bit trickier than it looks, with lots of different kinds of shaping that I'm glad to be learning, and that is why I am taking it with me to knit in the coffee shop today. I might even have coffee instead of hot chocolate, just to be sure I'm alert enough to do what I'm told. I don't really understand how all the instructions are going to play out in the finished sweater - I seem to be making a picot edge every 4 rows or so, for example, and I don't know why yet - but I know I'm in good hands with Kim Hargreaves.


Kathleen Taylor said...

I have a terrible time reversing instructions for right and left. Then again, I have a hard time with right and left in general. Maybe it comes from being left handed. Maybe I'm just impaired. The cardi is going to be beautiful!

heklica said...

Let me say again how yummy and toasty that yarn looks. And it's turning into a gorgeous cardi.

Karen said...

I have trouble sorting out left and right as well. And so does my daughter, though my son seems to have grasped it when he was about two years old. When I was taking neuropsychology in the 1980s, I learned that left/right confusion is linked to a relative lack of "brain sidedness"--i.e., instead of dividing the brain into left and right brain functions like most people, we use all of our brains more holistically. Cool, huh?
p.s. Like the cardi! :)