You are getting sleepy…
The good news is, I got four and-a-half inches higher on the back of the sweater I’m crocheting.
The pattern uses an interesting variety of stitches — half-double crochet, treble crochet, single crochet, and chaining — but it’s really quite straightforward. You make a row using two types of stitch on the right side (i.e. the outside) to make the cables, and then a simpler row using the other two types on the wrong side (i.e. the inside) which becomes the row on which to work the next bunch of cables. No counting is necessary, unless you get to the end of a row and things don’t look right.
Today I decided to turn on Radio-Canada, the French-language version of the CBC, and worked away with one ear cocked to the talk shows. Because my French is rusty, I need to listen more carefully than I did fifteen years ago. And because bilingual jobs are more in demand than unilingual ones, I thought it would be smart to use my crocheting time to brush up on my langue seconde.
Stitching went along merrily for a while. Then suddenly, I got to the end of a row. And things didn’t look right.
I counted. There were the right number of stitches on the fresh row, but the lower one seemed short. Okay, whatever, add an extra stitch at the end of this row, chain, turn, do the next cabling row.
About a third of the way along, I noticed that on the previous cabling row, I had missed a stitch. Now with single crochet, which makes puny short stitches, this mistake might be remedied by shoving in an extra stitch without the error being too noticeable. But I had missed a treble crochet, which means that a piece of cable about the length of the road from Toronto to Montreal was missing.
And so, that first third of the most recent cabling row, the entire in-between row, and two-thirds of the previous cabling row were promptly unravelled.
Would you like the punchline now? It’s short, so pay attention. It’s:
wait for it…
The bad news, then, is that of the four and-a-half inches of crochet I did today, three of them were pulled out.
Needless to say, the word “multitask” does not appear on my résumé.