Wednesday, January 23, 2008
The Tribal Baby Carrier & Hockey Tournaments
Ya know, the best thing about hockey tournaments is that they are like me going on knitting retreat with a little variance. I usually take my son to the games and then the rest of the time hole up and start projects that I know I can not usually concentrate on "in real life". A lot of times it is really just getting the project started that takes the concentration and then the rest of it flows. Believe you me....I am glad I was holed up in the hotel when I started the tribal carrier. For some reason my mind read the directions one way and they were very wrong....I had a couple warning signals....but it just did not click....I got off to a couple false starts. For some reason I thought the main intarsia section was worked in the round...my mind just translated the directions that way. I did do my gauge before I started the project and I am using the Mission Falls Cotton. So here I am in the hotel room trying to join the thing in the round on the 32" needle that they suggest.....no go....the piece is not wide enough...so what do I do? I just find myself a 24" need and join it in the round......feels funny but keep on knitting anyway....everything feels akward....I hate the way the join looks....the color sequence does not make sense...go to a game....come back start reading the directions again and realize that the directions never tell me to join in the round.....read the finishing section....it tells me that the body of the carrier is lined....DUH!!! ripit....riptit. Start again with the right needles...dang it is getting dark... the chart is so hard to read in the hotel lighting...have to give up and work on the Manos hat...no lighting needed for that. Next day... work some more on it in the daylight...make a committment to enlarge the chart so my eyes do not have to strain so hard.....I love it....love the concentration ....love the colors....love knowing that I got it started and can keep on working on it at home...love hockey tournaments; my reason for a knitting retreat!