I’m sure every knitter has experience the following two things:
- Wishing some magical knitting fairies would visit in the night, and sneak a few rows in on your current project.
- The feeling of knitting and knitting and knitting yet getting nowhere – affectionately known as the black hole of knitting
I had been feeling both of these things recently with my Honeymoon Shawl. I’ve been knitting away on the second half, yet feeling like it hasn’t been going anywhere. Last night at work I was knitting away, moving my Post-It up the page every time I finished a row of Chart 2. Chart 2 is 24 rows, and I need to do 6 repeats of it for each half. Yesterday night I was closing in on finishing the 3rd repeat when I looked down at the knitting in my lap and thought ‘That looks really long all of a sudden.’
Looked at my chart – 2 little hash marks, which meant I was still on repeat #3.
Looked back at the knitting – it looked longer than that.
Counted rows completed by counting the nubs on the edges.
Re-counted the nubs on the edges.
Counted the zig-zags in the middle, just in case I’d gotten the border chart mixed up and had done too many nubs.
And in that instant, I was suddenly one row away from finishing repeat #4! One row later, and I was working on repeat #5 of 6!
Thank you, knitting fairies.