Thursday, November 18, 2004  


Yesterday, I was literally minutes from finishing the second beautiful latvian mitten. See how close I was?

Then, to my horror, I realized that I had put the thumbhole in the wrong place! Instead of the mitten ending with a last complete diamond of the pattern repeat perfectly centered on the back of the mitten, that perfectly centered pattern repeat would be on the PALM. I had that sinking feeling - where you know in your gut that it's all wrong, and there's nothing to be done but rip it out - yet the tiniest glimmer of hope still lingers. Maybe I'm just looking at it wrong! Maybe I'm bizarrly dyslexic in an entirely knitting-perception related way!

or maybe it's just wrong, and I have to rip it out.

I sent the offending mitten to the corner to think about what it had done, and decided to delay punishment until I was positive. Perhaps, I thought in a fit of severe rationalization, it won't bother me that the mitten backs don't match each other! Um, no. Thinking about it in class today...

(yes, I think about mittens in class. Sometimes I feel like I think about mittens more than is entirely healthy, but then I get over the feeling and relish being a knitter. Knitters can get away with daydreaming about mittens. And socks. And the mini-i-pod case they would knit when if they allow themselves to buy said mini-i-pod. In green. With a cute engraving on the back.)

... I realized that the very IDEA of the mismatched mittens drove me bonkers. There was nothing else to be done.



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