Every 4th Row

So I wrote this post once and somehow WordPress lost it so here it goes again…

Many of us at my LYS (shout out to River Colors!!) are obsessed with Kauni wool.  If you’ve never seen it – check it out.  It’s a very rough wool in very color varigations.  There are a number of patterns out there for Kauni (check Ravelry)  Many of us had done an Oakland Shawl, I finished mine last year.  And then, our LYS got in some new colorways and ever though  I swore I would never knit with it again  (the balls have a ton of yardage) I found myself falling love  with the colors and everyone else was buying new colorways.  Peer pressure at the yarn store is the worst!  Three of us ended with new colors and started the Wiggle Wrap in early fall.  We all ended up putting it in time out when Christmas knitting sprouted up on our needles.

It was a great project to pull out this month and I took it on my ill-fated business trip early this month.  When we were finally all able to go to Thursday knitting I brought it with me.  I worked on it and complained the entire time.  I was finding it very tedious and the pattern row was a pain with all it’s K2tog and KFB.  As I was complaining my friend Rosie made a passing comment about how it was only every 4th row.  What?  I stopped dead and looked at my wrap.  I had been doing the pattern row ever other row so it was really wonky and it was determined it needed to be ripped out.  Luckily I was not far because I found it so annoying to knit.

As we tore it out (that’s what knitting friends are for) I told them how this had happened.  The pattern is quite simple so I had never printed it out.  When I picked it back up I looked it at on my computer, made note and then started knitting.  I failed to scroll down and see it was a 4 row pattern and not a 2 row pattern.  I started laughing because sometimes it’s just weird how the universe works.

The day before I had received a belated Christmas card from my junior high English teacher.  The first story I always tell about her is the time she switched the directions on our weekly spelling test.  It was the week that the scores would determine who went to the spelling bee so I was ready to rock that test.  I whipped through it and started planning my spelling bee strategy.  You can imagine my surprise when my test was returned and I had a 50% or “F”.  I argued my case but still ended up missing that spelling bee.  I still instill instruction reading in the kids I babysit because of this.  And, yet, somehow I’m still not reading directions completely through!

I ended up having lunch with my teacher this week.  Once I was a little older I realized she wasn’t mean, she was a good teacher.  I started volunteering for her when she would take her class to environmental camp and then our roles were reversed when she called me for help with her school law homework while I was in law school.  We’ve stayed in contact all these years and she is retired now.  When she came to breakfast she brought a surprise for me – a project I had done in her class all those years ago.

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It was clearly a project and alliteration and she admitted I had done a good job.  I was impressed with my drawing skills which seem to have left me at some point.  I loved to write, even back then.  And, I can write because I had teachers who encouraged us with fun, creative projects.  I told her the story about the knitting and she remembered the test change and admitted she was mean!  We had a good laugh.

Anyway, my Wiggle Wrap is about half done due to having the correct directions and the large amount of snow and horrible cold that we have had this month which have kept me home bound with nothing but a DVR and my knitting.  I just got an e-mail from my LYS that a new shipment of Kauni came in and I saw the hot pink colorway I’ve been drooling over…

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