Taking Risks

Sometimes, one must take risks in knitting, as in life in general. Today was a good example.

My husband and I decided to have a bit of a date: go out to lunch and take in a movie. First, an errand to the local feed store for cases of Wellness Diet cat food and massive amounts of outdoor bird feed. That done, we repaired to a local watering hole known as The Cabin.

The Cabin does, indeed, look like a log cabin on its main room, but has been extended to be more modern off the back. We like sitting in the cabin-ish side of things, though. There is even a moosehead over the fireplace.

After lunch, we drove to the Milliplex or however many theatres are in the darn place, to see “Sherlock Holmes.” Now, don’t get me wrong, I enjoy going to the movies but sitting for over two hours when I could be knitting …

I started working on a new shawl in Berroco Peruvia. The color is a lovely green called “Sea Turtle.”

The pattern is something I’m making up as I go along. It involves a decrease towards the beginning and end of each knit row. Anyway, I was quite involved in the shawl and making progress and hated to put it down. I brought it along into the theatre in my knitting tote, figuring it would be light enough during the myriad of commercials and coming attractions to keep knitting.

It was light enough, and the theatre was a little cold, so it was nice to have a warm knitting project on my lap. When the movie started, I hated to put it down so … I didn’t. I kept knitting in the dark.

Risky?  Well, the tricky part was the seed stitch edging and the increase stitch just after and before. K1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, pick up stitch front to back and knit through the front. Knit the row and then do the reverse at the other edge. No increases on the purl row, but still the seed stitch border to contend with.

Going primarily by sense of feel, and knowing that even with the seed stitch, the knit row began with a knit stitch and the purl row with a purl, I kept at it. A couple of times, I had to slow down and really feel the stitch to make sure I was approaching it properly.

And, you know what?  Darned if it didn’t work!  I kept thinking when I got home, I’d find all the mistakes. But when I laid it out, I’ll be blessed, I couldn’t find a darn thing missing or twisted. A few loose stitches along the border, but these will even out when I finish the thing. Wow. Talk about dumb luck!

Of course, by the time we came out of the theatre, it was snowing like a son-of-a-gun and we had a half-hour drive home in a mini-blizzard. Nice to be home on a cold, snowy night with a warm, wooly knitting project to keep me occupied. Maybe a hot toddy, too?

Oh, and we thought the movie was pretty good, too!

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