I set off, planning, daydreaming, drawing pictures, thumbing through magazines and surfing through pages and pages of ideas, then I cast on. It'll be great, I say.
I've been working steadily along on my cabled scarf, resolving to work at least a full repeat a day, checking my work carefully, ripping out if I need to fix things without hesitation or dithering. I've been making good progress... slow, but good.
I sat down on Saturday night to watch a movie with my knitting in hand, chart to the right of me, hubby to my left. It was going to be a good night.
Well, it was, until I broke my knitting needle.
I've never broken a needle before. It wasn't the needle itself that broke, but the cord connecting the needles together to make a circular needle. And the cord broke clean off the end, leaving a stub inside the connector that I couldn't remove. It's in there. And there's no way to get it out without damaging the connector.
I tried gluing the cord back together, but it just wouldn't stick, and even if it did, I'm not sure I would get a nice smooth surface for the knitting to slide along on. It's done. Finished.
I tried contacting Knitpro, the manufacturers of the needle, telling them how disappointed I was, asking if this had happened before. The reply was that I had to return it to the store I bought it from and I would get a replacement. There are two problems with that:
- I bought this needle in England while I was on holiday last October.
- I'm not sure I want a replacement of this needle.
It was still kind of upsetting, though. I went to bed that night, thinking about all the time I'd put into this project, wondering if I'd wasted my time. It didn't help that the movie I was watching was Inception, and it messed with my head a bit. I woke up the next morning and wondered if I'd dreamed it all... if I was in fact still dreaming... if I'd know the difference...
Then, I sat on my cable needle and was immediately reminded that this is real life.
So, lessons learned:
- No buying pretty needles on holiday that you can't get at home. If they break, you're stuck.
- It's not a good idea to try to knit so many complicated cables on a circular needle of this construction.
- No watching movies that mess with your head at the same time as working on a complicated project. You may not have a cable needle around to jolt you back into reality.
But maybe I'll feel differently when I'm finished...