Friday, July 29, 2011

A lifeline would have been nice...

As was pointed out to me last night at my knitting group, a "lifeline" really could have saved me a huge headache. For those of you who don't live, eat, sleep, and breathe knitting, a "lifeline" is a piece of yarn threaded into live stitches of knitting (stitches that are currently on knitting needles) that can be easily removed. If you make a mistake and you've given yourself a lifeline, you can rip out the stitches up to the lifeline, and the lifeline will keep the stitches in place so you can just put the needles back, instead of painstakingly unknitting for hours, as I have been doing for the past few weeks. I always remember to use lifelines when it's too late. That's how most of my lace projects have ended or been indefinitely postponed. I'm determined not to let all this unknitting stand in the way of my current project, Double V Cardigan, but it sure is making the process a whole lot slower!

5 comments:

Grace said...

I am a master of "un-crocheting" - Love that terminology!

Ratty said...

We always seem to remember things only after it's too late. Good luck with the unknitting.

unikorna said...

When you have time maybe you can take a picture of the "lifeline", I am a knitting neophyte and I could use some information :). I saw some of your creations, they are very feminine and coquette :).

adina said...

Unikorna, here is a good illustration of a lifeline - with instructions more clear than my own:

http://www.heartstringsfiberarts.com/lifeline.shtm

Joyce Lansky said...

Maybe if I'd known about that, I'd be a knitter.

Joyce
http://joycelansky.blogspot.com