I knit a gorgeous green Clapotis for my best friend's birthday, which is coming up on St. Patrick's Day. Lucky me, her favorite color is green! I finished the knitting several weeks ago. Yesterday, national handwash your handknit socks day, I decided to throw the Clap into the already prepared Eucalan bath. But first, I still needed to drop down those endless rows of dropped stitches. Those of you who have knit this wonderful scarf know what I mean. Endless hours of laddering down, all for the sake of getting a crick in your neck. I even enlisted the two wee ones for assistance, but they lasted about 5 minutes, or half a row, each. Do you know where this is going? I found two, that's right, TWO sections where I had neglected to drop the ladder stitch. I was trying to make a design element out of it, but I knew in my heart that something drastic needed to be done. I consulted the FT wizards, but evidently piles and piles of snow, publishing books, and humongous yarn markets have driven them all crazy. Yep, I finally found a problem that the FT ladies couldn't resolve (not an award I was hoping to receive). And so I ripped. And ripped. And ripped. 2/3rds of the scarf was ripped.
The silver lining (yes, there is one) is that I get to reknit this wonderful scarf using the smoothest of yarns (Four Play by Brooks Farm) and the most amazing Ernst needles in the color Amber Passion. So the reality is that although the scarf may become a belated birthday present, there is no pain in reknitting. Steph, you are so TOTALLY worth it!