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Trials and Tribulations of a So-So Knitter
Created By: Margaret Pahud

Ok - how did it start? Was it the 'Stitch of the Week' or the 'Road Scarf' story? Actually it was both. As a so-so knitter I was naturally intrigued by the stitch of the week and often wondered how to use it in anything worthwhile. Then came 'Road Scarf' - and 'bingo', I had it. I'd make a scarf using the stitch of the week. Most of the sample blocks had the same number of stitches; I was sure I could make a bunch of squares and then attach them together. I had 14 large plastic bins of yarn with lots of dark and light grey that I was sure would do the trick. Now remember, I am a so-so knitter, so thoughts don't necessarily flow smoothly. In fact my thoughts tend to take several turns, always with hard rapids and often tributaries!

All gung ho, I was off of my first block. Of course they had to be done in the order in which they were presented in the Lion Newsletter. I did one, and then a few more. At that point I realized (remember, a so-so knitter) that I could continue knitting block after block by just adjusting the number of stitches for each block. Back to the beginning. Fortunately for the few blocks already completed I was mostly able to undo the cast off row and attach it to another block. I had seven blocks and they were quite large. Hmmm - a bit too much for a scarf and heaven only knew how many stitch samples Lion was going to throw at me.

The 'Pattern' thus evolved into a sampler blanket! I am a very orderly person who has a computer, which is very helpful but together can be very dangerous. Things now had to be put in order on paper. As I already had seven blocks, that became the defined width and length of the project. I quickly discovered that my little bit of green (used up in the very first block!) and all the greys were not going to be enough for what now seemed a mammoth project! Out came all the 14 bins of yarn from under the balcony. Out came lots of yarn that could be used in an orderly, sporadic pattern.

All this time I was trying to keep up with the weekly stitch and was very pleased to be able to do so - with several re-knits I might add. My friend in Canada helped me out when I was stuck and the Lion Brand support team had some input as well. Lion's response to my email queries was not only helpful but actually cleared my foggy mind!

The pattern was developed complete with colours and names on each square as the new stitch was presented. Things were going great. of about week four, I even had a border stitch to look forward to. In retrospect, I think that particular stitch was the scarf-no-go and the blanket-here-we-go take off.

The stash of grey yarns and their replacements were depleting at a faster rate that I had thought possible but I just kept going and made colour adjustments as I went along. Of course each adjustment had to be properly recorded on the computer pattern I had drawn up. It took a bit longer than planned due to time off for vacation and work, but finished it is and the So-So Knitter is happy again! (The only problem husband thinks I should do the exact thing again and attach it – as a backing for the first one!)

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