I have to admit, I am a bit of a mathie at heart. I love to awe mere mortals with my math wiz skills at the cash register and to non-chalantly name drop pi, irrational numbers and square roots. While being no prodigy, I have always prided myself with reasonable math skills.
Well, at least I thought I had reasonable math skills, until I took up knitting again last year. Apparently, the teacher made a mistake when she let me go from kindergarten to grade one all those years ago. My knitting has made it abundantly clear that I cannot count! No matter how many times I count simple stitches, there are always errors that show up and I am left to wonder HOW have I survived all these years without the basic skill of counting. Put out a bunch of candies and I can count them! Ask me to count the number of red traffic lights between here and there (the answer is usually pretty easy though, I seem to be a red light magnet and the answer is usually ALL of them) and I am all over it. I can prove it . . . one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen (and I could go on).
But ask me to count the number of stitches or the number of rows on my knitting project and I am unable to do it consistently. I double check my counting all the time and I still have to tink or rip all the time. Gads! Can someone please direct me to a remedial counting class?
This is one of my current projects. It is a lovely pair of short colour work socks called Lochside. They have been a delight to knit, except for two small things:
- I apparently cannot count and have to keep tinking. This problem becomes exacerbated when working with TWO colours.
- I still have not settled on a preferred method for two colour knitting.
I did the first sock using my own modification of one handed two colour continental knitting. It was was really enjoyable and fast! Woo hoo. Unfortunately, the tensions issues I had and hoped would be fixed during blocking remained even after blocking. So, for the second sock, back to two handed stranded knitting. As I go along, my technique is slowly evolving. Hopefully, by the time I have knitted forty or fifty pair of stranded socks and mittens, I will have settled on a method that really works for me. Until then, I am determined to plod on.