Does anyone remember that song lyric?
Helene asked in the comments what a lifeline is, so that song has been running through my head. Must . . . try . . . to . . . find . . . it . . . for . . . the . . . iPod.
Lifelines in knitting. A lifeline is a thread that you run through all the live stitches on your needle and leave in as you continue to knit. If you put a lifeline in every “x” number of rows, and you find an error, you can rip down to the first lifeline below the error, and because that thread is run through the stitches, you can easily put them back on the needle.
I’ve heard that dental floss makes a great lifeline, but any smooth yarn that fits easily through the stitches would work. It is helpful if your lifeline is a different color than your project yarn. A word of caution — if you are using stitch markers you need to be careful not to run your lifeline through your stitch markers.
Have I ever used a lifeline? Nope. Have I ever wished I had a lifeline? Yup.
In my early days of lace knitting I made mistakes that I wouldn’t notice immediately. And I found ripping out lace to be hell on wheels. So lifelines woulda been useful.
Nowadays I am far too impatient to take the time to put a lifeline into my knitting. But I pay extra-close attention when I’m knitting lace. I find that if you are watching what you are doing, any errors in your lace pattern will be noticeable on the next row, and are relatively easy to fix.
An Error in Judgment
I may have made a grave error in judgment.
I started knitting my Peacock Feathers shawl on the train this morning.
What’s the problem? I want to abandon everything and do nothing but knit Peacock Feathers. To hell with Tina! To hell with work! Housework? Ha! Don’t be silly.
Well, I always feel that way about housework.
But I am going to have to talk to myself very sternly to make myself knit poor Tina’s edging. This is gonna be tough. I am a weak, weak woman.
Oh, and the Joslyn’s Fiber Farm Angel Hair yarn? I love it!
It is a bit heavier than the Misti Alpaca I am using for Tina, and is lovely to knit. The colorway I am using, Plumes, is beautiful, and I think is gonna look great with the Peacock Feathers pattern.
But when I got home I sucked it up and knitted one repeat of the edging on Tina. The first repeat is the worst — very fiddly. I’m going to have to speed things up if I want to finish this in my lifetime.
Lucy doesn’t care what I knit, as long as she can sit with me while I knit.