Gee, I really am getting older.
I am at the point in the pattern where I'm saying, “I love lace!” And, then on the next row, I say, “I hate lace!” Knitters know what I'm talking about here. I am knitting each row about three times to get it right. Ugh. But, I love to see the pattern as it works up. I am only at row 10 now, but it's already showing the leaf pattern! Squee!
When it's done, I'm hoping for a really sweet shawlette like this one (just blue ).
As you can see, I am using my iPad to knit this beautiful pattern. And, so far, there has been no errata. No, I didn't check. And in my best Austin Powers impersonation, I retort to those of you who are snickering, “I, too, like to live dangerously.”
But, my eyes are definitely getting fed up with my antics. The re-starting of every row is a sign that my eyes are skipping around, I think. So, I love how I can zoom in and scroll up to the place in the chart that I'm working. It helps.
I do wish that the key was placed on both sides of the chart so that I wouldn't have to pan over to the left for it when I need it from the right side of the chart. I know, I know. Knit-picky. Surely, these patterns aren't necessarily made just for iPad geeks. But, the heart wants what it wants.
Back to this whole love/hate of lace thing…Many moons ago, I had thought about using lifelines when I attempted lace knits. A lifeline is just a piece of waste yarn or floss, used as a placeholder to rip back to if you mess up. It is supposed to preserve your correct rows when you have to rip back…and your sanity. Any truly, sane and time-effective knitter would just do it. But, I have to confess, I have still never tried it. Why? Because I want to be done yesterday, see my completed project, get my sticker for the day…you get it. A lifeline really just feels like one more step to me in reaching knitting nirvana. Now, I am still knitting most of these row multiple times, but, somehow my brain feels like I'm right, right? But, take a look at this video.
People, my life may never be the same again.