I had the chance to put a few more rows into the Devilled Eggs shawl I am knitting, so thought I'd take the chance to document a bit of a WIP update.
It doesn't look like I am that much further along, but I have now completed the first chart in the pattern, and have knit my way through the first repeat of chart B and am into the second repeat of two before the stitch pattern changes. The growth of the shawl in the pictures would be barely noticeable if it were not for the changing colours of the wonderful Zauberball yarn, though.
However, it is safe to say that I am not as far along with the knitting as I had hoped to be. I haven't much felt up to lace knitting these last few days, neither in terms of comfort nor concentration, but slow steady progress is OK by me, just as long as it doesn't come to a complete stop.
Did you spot it in the top picture, astute reader?
Oh. Dear. I'm actually mildly irritated by this as I was hoping to get a few rows knitted this evening, but that won't happen now. The needle broke right in the middle of a row leaving me with stranded stitches hanging precariously in mid air and no way to knit further on.
I improvised by forcing a 3.5mm needle onto the cable in place of the broken 3.25mm tip and finishing the row knitting really uncomfortably off of that, the stitches taught and strained. I knit with a relaxed tension, so it wasn't s if I had some kind of death grip that caused my needle to break, but I have had another Knit Pro tip break at the needle collar before now and wonder if this is a weak point along the length of the needle.
I have attempted to superglue the needle back together, but it seems clear that this just will not work, so it seems like I am going to have quite some wait before I can continue this shawl. When I do eventually manage to buy a replacement set of tips I was wondering if I should get the Knitpro Nova metal tips a try instead? I haven't any experience of these, but I'm worried about the wooden tops breaking again and (importantly) ruining my knitting, but then I love that the wooden finish gives that little bit of grip so handy with slippery lace weight knitting.
In a brilliant moment of foresight and self-generated providence, however, I happened to insert a lifeline only two rows before the breakage occurred, so if I hadn't been able to catch all of the stitches I wouldn't have found myself weeping among a frothy pile of unravelling lace.
I'm going to be honest now and say that I really only put the lifeline in so I could post the picture of the lifeline and what a good idea they are on this blog, and now it turns out that it might well have saved the project. I may unravel the last two rows, anyway, just in case I missed a stitch or two when the needle broke. Lifelines, eh? You should definitely use them.