Overheard, in my head…

The conversation this week:


Wow, I have a lot of yarn left. Look at the size of that ball. I’m sure I can get one more 16 row repeat done before I start the edging.

Are you sure? Right now you have 256 stitches, and 16 rows is at least 4096 stitches.

Yeah, but look at the size of that ball of yarn. No problem.

OK, this lace pattern is so much fun to knit; go for it.

Hey, I’m on row 11, and this yarn seems to be disappearing at a prodigious rate.

Um, maybe you should weigh the yarn before this next row, and see how much yarn you’re using per row.

OK, 21 grams; OK, now 18 grams. That’s 3 grams per row…

Um, that means you have enough for 6 rows, maybe. Which means the last 4 rows of the lace repeat, and, um, TWO rows of edging.


And so, gentle reader, I took the whole thing off the needle, ripped out 12 rows, which is at least 3072 stitches, and got it all back on the needle.


This is the same picture, because I’m back at the same place. I took it after the big rip; I didn’t take one before because I didn’t really listen to that little voice, until it was too late. Sorry about the lighting; it was 1 a.m. But I had to do it then because I couldn’t go to bed knowing that it would be waiting for me in the morning.

Look at all those markers!


24 responses to “Overheard, in my head…

  1. that’s incredible you got it all back on there!

  2. I do the same thing late at night! When there is a knitting crisis, I always get it back to a workable status before I go to sleep, otherwise I’ll have nightmares!

  3. It’s the week of the frog 😦

  4. @ Shelly
    I think you’re right. I frogged this week too. Nothing so traumatic as a lace thingie, though.

  5. BRAVE!

  6. Ack! I’m sure the final result will be worth the ripping.

  7. Yikes! I’m very impressed that you got it all back on the needles!

  8. I’m sorry! But I’m glad you decided to weigh before you went any further 🙂

  9. The other day I decided to attempt the large lace pattern on an Ishbel based on a guesstimate of the amount of yarn left. I’ve been worried ever since that I wont have enough yarn….though it’s still looking OK up to this point. Should I end up frogging, I hope I can keep my sanity and all the stitches on the needle, as you seem to have done. 🙂

  10. I hate it when that happens! I’m glad that you got it all back on, though!

  11. I’m glad I’m not the only one that has those crazy conversations in my head!

  12. There ought to be an award! I need to frog part of an Ishbel — and I’m terrified!

  13. Ripping all that lace. Oh. I feel faint! But good on you!

  14. That’s a lot of ripping! Very brave of you. I can’t wait to see what that blue blob turns out to be!

  15. Lovely hues of blue. It will be well worth all the ripping once it’s off the needle. Put it another way: you sure extra mileage out of the same ball of yarn–money well spent 😀

    Last round of lace is always deceiving…just when you think you have so much yarn left. It consumes at a rapid rate. I so wanted to use every last bit of the Cashmere Yuk blend in my Citron and ran out 1/2 way during bind off. Fortunately, there is another 3-ply handspun I plied with the same base. ..it saved me from some serious unraveling! Look forward to seeing the lace off the needles, Michele.

  16. I’m very impressed that you were able to get back to where you needed to be. Can’t wait to see it finished!

  17. In the wee hours of the morning, frogging happens. I try really hard to only read at night, not knit/spin/crochet else I end up with interesting results.

  18. Doing all that math in your head that late is equally impressive as getting all those bajillion stitches back where they belong after frogging that late at night!! Onward!!

  19. Oh man that’s a lot of ripping back. If that were mine, it would wind up in the closet for a year. With my sister’s sweater.

  20. This is why I don’t make big knitting decisions after 9pm. They almost always end in the frog pond.

    Gold Star for you though for figuring it out before morning and tackling the rip. I would have had a beer and gone to bed!

  21. Oh boy… I sure do hate it when that happens! 😦 Glad you found your way back to the beginning, though.

  22. I hate that voice in my head! It’s always right. I am impressed with your frogging skills, though. You are very brave.

  23. OMG what a project! I’m feeling queezy at the sight of all those markers. Good luck my friend!

  24. Wow! That is a MAJOR frogging!

    Glad you got it all back together.