I confess. Iris wasn’t the first project I bought to take on holiday with me.
I rushed from the travel agent my LYS and snuffled up this cutie, fully intending to save it for the holiday…
It’s Katia from the Rowan Lenpur collection.
The Lenpur yarn is lovely – soft and very drapey – although it is one of those annoying yarns made of several threads held together that can split easily if you’re not paying attention.
I chose a flattering red shade…
I arrived home with my “knitting for the holiday” project and thought,
“I’ll just cast on and make sure I know the stitch pattern before I get on the plane…”
I cast on…
” I’ll just do a few more repeats….”
Before I knew it, I’d done the back and one side and the holiday was a couple of weeks away!
The stitch pattern is a breeze. Two rows and one of those is all purl!
Then I screwed up – I had decided I’d finish Katia to wear on holiday – putting myself under pressure to finish it. That’s always a mistake.
I nearly finished the second front and counted my rows they were out. Bugger!
By this stage, Katia had become my commuting knitting and I was trying to work this out on the tube.
I ripped the front down to the waist on the train. 🙁
When I got home, had a coffee, calmed down and looked at it again I realised the horrible truth. I had made a small mistake on the first front then carefully followed my own notes and made the same, matching mistake on the second front!
It was a small mistake and didn’t matter – in fact I NEEDED to make that same mistake on the second front for it to match.
I’d pulled out a couple of days of perfectly good knitting!! Oh POO!! I was never going to finish before the holiday now.
Somehow, Katia now felt tainted and I didn’t want to take her on holiday to finish so she got thrown on stitch holders and stuffed in the knitting bag.
Hence going and buying the lovely Iris.
This is so not like me – I normally am the virtuous “One WIP at a time girl”. I’m ashamed of myself…
This is how far I am with the second front…
Oh My! How many WIPs has this one WIP girl got!!
Shame, shame, Oh the shame…. 😯