Actually, what it means is that I will get the dishwasher loaded and started, find a good movie on Netflix to watch on the computer, get my Ingvold cardigan and knit on the couch with my feet up while the dogs nest around me for a few hours. Ingvold is the summer Aran KAL for the Starmores From the Top group on Ravelry and I need to make some progress on the back so I can send the instructions to my test knitter before publishing them on Ravelry later this week.
Yesterday at knitting I sat down in a nice comfy armchair with a table next to it, started to spread out my knitting stuff (cable pattern printouts, notepad and pencil, yarn, needles, shoulder straps, .... toolkit? What? I left my knitting toolkit, with my stitch markers in it, at home because I had a long list of things to do before knitting and had been rushing around trying to make sure I had everything in the car before heading to Salem Saturday Market. Turns out my toolkit never made it into my knitting bag for the trip downtown.
Now, I'm an experienced knitter, right? So I know that I can make loops of some other color of yarn to put on the needles between the different cable stitches. Except that I have tried this several times before and I tend to knit the marker loops together with the stitches and don't notice it until an inch or two or three past the point. So that option won't work.
I could wait for another knitter to show up and borrow markers, which any of them would be happy to do, except that it's a good hour before any are expected and I don't want to sit twiddling my thumbs and waste precious knitting time. So, I figure, I'll do what my ancestors would have done and just count the stitches as I knit them, right? I hadn't counted on several things; 1. two knitters brought cute little babies that needed cooing and smiling at, 2. a woman came in looking for a knitting class supposed to be held at the restaurant, 3. I'm using dark purple yarn sitting on a dark blue chair, and 4. I'm visiting with folks.
So I ended up having to tink and reknit the first two rows of pattern four or five times before the stitch count came out the way I wanted it to. But I am happy to report that the Black Water Abbey yarn withstood the fuzz test, although impromptu, just fine. I am having an issue with this lot of the yarn having a lot of knots in the skeins, so far a minimum of three per skein and a maximum of five in one skein. I have checked with other folks using this yarn and they report at most one knot per skein, so I think it's just this lot of yarn.
But I am now making progress!