“‘Roger O. Thornhill’ – what does the ‘O’ stand for?”

So asks the sultry and heavily flirting Eva Marie Saint of Cary Grant’s wrong man on the run from both the police and the criminals, in the wonderful North by Northwest (nothing quite like a bit of Hitch and some of the amazine Bernard Hermann score for a Sunday afternoon). Roger’s equally flirting reply? “Nothing”. If only this were true in my case.
Here we have a remarkable fast moving piece of lace in cobweb weight cashmere from Posh Yarns (the red yarn I’ve used for provisional cast on, just to put it into perspective, is the Jitterbug yarn). I’ve even got to the point where, in spite of still needing the chart, I can successfully knit a row with only a quick glance at the pattern, and as I said the other day, cobweb weight yarn isn’t too hard to work with in itself, even if everything else tries to scupper my attempts to get this done asap so it will be blocked for the wedding. But, wait! What is this?!
That little ‘o’ is wrong. That is where I realised 3 rows up that I had dropped a stitch right in an awkward place, meaning that I had lost 2 stitches along the way… It takes a vvv long time to unknit 80 cobweb sts across 3 rows, so I figured I could pick up what I’ve done with the help of the internet. But no – the internet access was down as DB is upgrading our server PC. So I had a go myself, and it took as long for me to fix it over many attempts as it did for DB to hammer a cable in down the stairs to the wireless router and sort out the PC upstairs – about 45mins. I think I did a reasonably good job, but that ‘o’ keeps shouting at me. And the only issue with it is that the yarn isn’t twisted round. It is a little loose, but some tugging while blocking with a crochet hook should help with that. I’m so not going through that again though. That would mean a good hour and a half of unknitting and knitting back up, or probably the same again dropping and mending stitches that might end up wrong again anyway. So I think I can live with it. It isn’t that annoying in terms of it looking wrong, just annoying that I missed that tiny little thing. Given that I have 11 repeats for this side and 17 for the other, the grafting and the border and blocking to do by the first week in Feb, I think I’ll let it rest. Sometimes you just have to let things go. 🙂
In other news, I forgot to say that I have signed up for Project Spectrum 😀 I’m really looking forward to it, and using it to gain some visual inspiration and motivation to use up some stash and finish one of the many many projects I have going. Please note that I have now updated the sidebar with all those horrible neverending projects. You see now? You see all of those?! That is just ridiculous… Luckily, the wonderful local lass and fellow crafter, Hazel put me onto something that a cross-stitcher had an idea for, that I think will apply to any unfinished project and, as Hazel says, can be flexible in order to allow for portability of work. You plan to set aside x number of hours for each project, regardless of how much you despise it or love it, in order to allow yourself to work on nice things at the same time as annoying things. Hazel has committed to a whopping 10 hours for each project, but I think I need to give myself a smaller number of hours and incorporate a number of repeats or a particular goal on the item in question. For example, I need to do 2 repeats a day on Print O the Wave to get it done in time, and before I go blind or tired on an evening. After that I move on to an hour of working on the gift glove (2 on weekends), as it is mainly st st with a little short row and simple increasing and decreasing. Then I can spend an hour or two on one of my older garments – I’ve picked out the hourglass sweater, seeing as I’ve been working on it for so long. Hazel is working on all of her projects at once, doing 10 hours on each one in turn, but because of my project needs (i.e. gifty or the need for a completion date) I’ll be working on 3 projects at once. This means that I will have finished at least two within a month, and can add the next projects on to the list (of which two will be further gift knitting, both socks again! But at least they will be quick). If my calculations are correct, I’ll have finished most of the list within a couple of months or so, and that leaves me open again for new projects and Project Spectrum work. I can even work the two together – the first two months of PS is blue, grey and white, which fits in with the hourglass sweater and Chrissie, and my Conway socks, plus at least two other things on my list! Talk about a goal to aim for 🙂 This also means that you will probably see a lot more WiPs on here, to help me keep track of working on all this stuff.
Tomorrow, you’ll get to see the swift (if that’s what I’m getting from the post office), and the handbag – the light has been bad enough today thanks to the dreary cloudy and rainy weather we’ve had all day 🙁

3 thoughts on ““‘Roger O. Thornhill’ – what does the ‘O’ stand for?””

  1. Lovely lacework ,my dear! I’m working on a lace shawl, using ultra thin silk/wool yarn, and have found myself in similar circumstances…those damn “o’s” haha!! The way I figure it, lace has holes in it already, so one more won’t hurt!

  2. beatiful colour. I like this.
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