That would be Tina.
It’s a miracle I haven’t ripped poor Tina to shreds by now, but she is, amazingly, intact.
Exhibit number one:
I wear this bracelet 24/7 (well, except for right now — I took it off to photograph it).
See this little catch-thingie?
Its raison d’être since I’ve been knitting Tina is to reach out and grab a thread from Tina and pull it. So far I’ve managed to extricate Tina from its grasp and by futzing around with the pulled out thread, make it step back into the body of the shawl.
I’ve learned to turn the bracelet around so that the little catch-thingie is on the outside of my wrist, away from my knitting.
But Tina is not entirely blameless in these scenarios.
This morning when I was taking Tina out of my knitting bag, she grabbed onto this:
The zipper pull on my accessories bag within my knitting bag. But once again, futzing ensued and disaster was averted.
And of course she catches on every rough spot on my fingernails, so I’ve been wielding the emery board quite a bit these past couple of weeks.
But Tina is growing. I rounded the second corner last night and I’m into the third side now. Which makes the edging more than half done. Doh . . . see what a brilliant grasp of the obvious I have?
Kim said in the comments:
Tina is so beautiful! But she looks painful to me. As in how do you keep track of where you are in a pattern row with your stitch count without ripping your hair out? I doing FBS and I think I frog or tink more than I knit! I use yellow stickie to move along the pattern row. 3 Stitches at a time. You can see them crossing the Grand Canyon on my blog because thats how I feel right now about FBS. It’s supposed to be a ‘nice’ knit for beginning lacers. I would be in tears with Tina! She is so pretty and beautifully complex. Like a fractal of nature.
She looks complex, true. But the center panel is dead simple — so much so that I didn’t bother with stitch markers.
The border patterns are trickier, but each pattern repeat is 24 stitches, so I put a marker between each repeat. At any given time, you are dealing with a universe that consists only of 24 stitches. Granted, there are a few places where you have to move the stitch marker because it falls in the middle of a decrease, but you just need to pay extra attention there.
I keep my chart on a magnetic board with a line marker.
Therefore I know what row I’m on at all times. (That is, unless someone ::cough:: Lucy ::cough:: moves the magnetic strip when I’m not looking.) And I mark pattern repeats with stitch markers as I said.
If you’re knitting something that’s, say, 204 stitches across and the pattern repeat is 6 stitches, well, it’s not very practical to mark every single repeat. But you can group your repeats in managable chunks — like placing a marker every 24 stitches. You know you have 4 repeats in-between the stitch markers so there you are — back down to a mangeable universe of stitches.
Does that make sense?
Of course, if you’re knitting something that has a 100-stitch repeat, then you are screwed.
Well, not screwed, but the best way I could think of to keep track is using the little convoy of post-it notes marching across your chart.
Or, you could split the repeat up into sections. Photocopy your chart and draw a red line vertically at regular intervals (say . . . every 25 stitches). Then place a marker every 25 stitches. You may have to move your markers to accomodate increases and decreases now and then, but I think you’ll be better off than if you didn’t use any.