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what am I doing here?

in which susan proceeds to get caffienated and knit all day. if only I could get paid to drink coffee and knit... that would so be the shiz-knit.

??

I've been moving along on the front pieces for the karabella cardi. interestingly, it seems to take twice as long to do two pieces at once... so I'm making the smallest size and it tells me to cast on 51 for each piece, which I did, obediently. after doing 20 rows of k1p1 ribbing, I'm told to do the following to set up the cable section: *(k9, p3) rep from * to last 14 st ... um... so... are my math skills totally lacking or does that only add up to 50? I'm left with one stitch more than the pattern seems to want me to have. why?? am I doing something wrong?

so now I'm trying to figure out what to do with that leftover stitch. I considered (for barely a second!) ripping out and re-casting on with 50 instead of 51, but instead just decided to forget it and just knit that last stitch and who cares, right? it's just one little stitch, right? part of me is really kicking myself for not reading ahead for errors before starting. even though it's just one stitch, it's really kind of bothering me a little bit. that, and the fact that I can't seem to find any published errata for karabella. what's that all about?

I'm reminded of way back when, when standardized testing seemed to be a regular occurance in life and how much I hated those reading comprehension parts. it seemed like they purposefully found the most boring, sleep-inducing essays to print in there. I would usually read half of the first sentence to see if it was worth reading through, and then skip straight to the questions, where they conveniently referenced the line in the essay which the question was about. usually, I'd still have no idea what they were talking about and just end up guessing. this made for finishing tests really fast, but usually also resulted in far from stellar scores.

the point is, I still haven't learned to read through - is it because I'm lazy or hasty? maybe a combination of both. but I've learned to just suck it up and deal with the consequences, because I guess I've decided that I'd rather suffer from something that was totally avoidable than read ahead. such logic! I'm just grateful that it's not too huge of a problem in this case. although, I should probably not say anything until the cardi is actually finished...

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  • Blogger Ava says so:
    2:25 PM  

    don't beat yourself up! I'll bet there are few of us that read through a pattern before beginning a project, assuming that the pattern has been TESTED. Another blogger, whose name I cannot remember, is having major problems with two projects by well-known knit designer. As for that extra stitch - guess I'd need to see your project before safely offering an opinion, but I've "knit in" extra stitches before, to no ill effect. top

  • Anonymous wendy says so:
    5:28 PM  

    hrm... i counted 50 too. weirdness. top