The downside of my Finish-The-Project-Or-Die-Trying mania is that sometimes everything gets a little out of hand. Point in case, last night:
9:00 – I sit down with a glass of wine, an episode of Castle, and the determination to finish one button band before I go to bed. I cast on, and start knitting.
9:30 – I reach the button hole row, and read over my pattern (poorly, as it turns out). I go ahead and make all my button holes.
9:35 – I make it to the end of the button hole row, and I realize that I didn’t count correctly, and as a result, I don’t have enough space for all the buttons that I wanted to add. I tink back the row. Not to worry. It’s just a small setback.
9:45 – I begin the row again, this time making sure that I do the right thing. (But, of course, I still don’t actually re-read the pattern. Because I am stubborn and dumb.)
9:50 – I finish the row, and realize I counted my stitches wrong (again), but this time in a different way.
9:55 – I pout and pour myself another glass of wine.
10:00 – I swear under my breath, and tink back the row again.
10:10 – I knit the row one more time, being extra-special 100% sure that I do the right thing.
10:15 – I finish the row and count that I have the right number of button holes. I do a little happy dance and keep knitting.
10:45 – I sit back, almost ready to bind off the button band, and check over my work. The button holes are nicely spaced across the whole button band, but something looks a little off, a little wonky.
See that button hole? (It’s kind of hard to see in the photo, sorry.) See how it’s kind of halfway up the little piece of ribbing? I think to myself, “Huh, shouldn’t the button holes be centered in the purl sections of the ribbing? That’s a weird way to design a pattern. Oh well.”
10:50 – I start getting ready to bind off, but the off-kilter button holes are still bugging me. I get out my computer and start poking around on Ravelry. The other people who’ve made this sweater don’t have weird off-kilter button holes. I am perplexed and a little frustrated.
11:00 – I actually re-read the pattern again, and I realize that I’ve made a huge mistake. What I thought was a typo in the pattern (that I half read two hours earlier) was actually not a mistake at all. I realize that I am stupid and arrogant for not really reading the directions.
11:10 – I consider ripping out the button band back to the holes, swear a little bit, and have a pity party for myself.
11:20 – I cry uncle, and give up for the night. I’ll re-do the band in the morning, when I’m less blinded by stupidity and frustration. Ugh.