Oh, that pesky 10th inch! For some reason, my brain wasn’t with it for a day or so and I just couldn’t focus on knitting. I would finish an iteration of my scarf pattern and then look it over only to discover a large error — the kind you’d rather not leave in if you can help it. The first time, I debated and then said “Oh heck, I have the time so I’m going to rip.” Out came 6 rows. The second time, I said “I think I can save this.” and I worked on fixing 3 of the 4 goofy stitches by dropping down, correcting and working up. That went well, actually. The fourth stitch was at the end of the row and I don’t know how to drop down and correct that, so I decided to live with it. But looking it over one last time, I saw that the reason for that error was an undetected error earlier in the same row! Rip-time. Agh! Happily, the mental clouds cleared soon afterward and I finally got to the end of the ball. Here’s a progress picture:
A pleasant discovery is that one ball of yarn produced just about 13 inches of scarf … I had hoped for 12 inches with the larger needles, so I was very happy to see this. Since I have six balls, I will easily have enough for my target range (5 to 6 feet). The final length will be determined when I get there (will make hubby model the scarf so I can verify that it’s a proper manly length). Unlike the lace scarves I made for Christmas last year, I think the length probably won’t change much with blocking. I’ll be “encouraging” the scarf to get wider to show off the cables so any slack will go in that direction.
I was so enthusiastic to get started with this yarn that I abandoned my bonus sock project entirely! Christmas knitting wasn’t technically scheduled to start until tomorrow, so I have a jump on it. I think it’s time to go back and give some loving attention to the Vinnlands, don’t you?