Calm down. No need to panic. There was a minor mishap, but now that it’s been fixed, it seems much less catastrophic.
Don’t get me wrong; I adore my set of Addi Click needles. I love how lightweight they are. I love how smoothly they knit and the sound of the metal clinking with each stitch. I love that, because they are interchangeable, I almost always have the pair of needles necessary for every project. I love that I feel like a knitting James Bond every time I open the case and have to assemble my weapon. And I love how easily the needles attach – with a simple click – to the circular cord…..usually.
Today, the needles let me down. I was TWO rows away from binding off a project that I’ve been working on for months. I’m afraid I can’t give away too many details because it is a gift for a friend, but I can tell you that it is a lace project with more stitches per row than I’d like to count. As I eagerly knit away, the end was in sight. I was amping myself up, getting prepared to bind off a bazillion stitches. Just two more rows. Two. AND THEN…
I noticed a bunch of live stitches hanging out, off the needle, mid-row. Sure enough my needle had un-clicked from the cord. Rather than calmly try to remedy the situation, I broke down. Hours upon hours of itty-bitty lace knitting can make a monster out of any rational human being. There was some growling. Some curse words were thrown around. I even found a way to somehow blame the cat for this mishap. Tears were on their mark, getting set… But just before I threw the entire project on the grill and sent it back to the fiery hell from whence it came, I composed myself, picked up a spare needle, caught the loose stitches, and everything was perfectly fine.
A tad bit of an overreaction? Maybe. I really have a lot invested in this project though. I want it to be perfect. More importantly: I want it to be COMPLETED. After fixing the dropped stitches, the last two rows went off without a hitch. Now I must focus on the bind-off which is an entirely new ordeal. This pattern calls for a crochet bind-off. It is such a stunning pattern, I have to get this right. Unfortunately for me, I’m convinced that crochet is the Devil’s needle craft. I could never get the hang of it. My tension is always off. It all feels so flimsy and awkward. Never mind that I’m working with a lace weight merino/silk blend yarn and a crochet hook that is practically invisible. All the effort will be worth it in the end. I am so excited to show you the final project, but that won’t be for nearly another month. Tonight I’d like to finish up this crochet bind-off and get to blocking so that tomorrow I can finally cast-on for Woodruff!