01 November 2006
Knitting for Hire?
But I was hired (for money y'all) to finish that pile of knitting over there in the photo. What are those? you may be asking. That pile of knitting is 7 pairs of "Fetching" fingerless gloves from knitty.com. My customer got on a roll and just knit, knit, knit. She hired me to go back into the 'gloves' and pick up the thumb area and finish them. It wouldn't be too hard. Except (yes there is a but)! The waste yarn she used was a piece of the same yarn she was knitting with. *Ahem*! Do you know how hard it is to remove those waste stitches in the same yarn/color and to then pick up the free stitches? Yowza. Normally, waste yarn is a smooth yarn of a contrasting color.
As I am working through them I have found two very large errors. One of the green ones had too many cable rows and was not bound off. So I ripped it out and reknit it. I needed that little extra bit of yarn anyway to be able to finish off the thumb. When I picked up one of the maroon ones I found the stitches that were supposed to be on the waste yarn, just dangling there out in the breezes (with some of them ripped out). The easiest thing to do was to rip back just past that area and reknit, put the thumb on a real waste yarn, bind off and then go back and work the thumb. It is so much easier and faster when the waste yarn is, say, a pink sock yarn.
Thank goodness I am almost done. I want to get back to my sock.