I spent a big chunk of Saturday night trying to knit my way through the first of those eight rows and tinking back and trying again. Nothing is lining up the way it should. I know I'm on the right row, because the last time I set this down, I counted. I was sure everything in the rows before this one was okay...
Do I even need to mention that I don't want to rip this out and start over a third time? I've sunk enough hours into it. I'll give it one more try to make that row work, in a quiet room and armed with stitch markers. If that doesn't work, I'm binding it off the way it is.
Which leaves me without a Christmas present to give...
"Disaster" might be too strong a word. The yarn is still fine, and I didn't spend any money on the pattern. But I'm definitely frustrated. Before I knew that I was in trouble, I went up to the sewing room and shopped my stash for my next project. The yarn I wanted is hiding, but I did find the book that goes with it, and some yarn choices to start either a different shawl from the book or something from that Quick Knits magazine I wrote about on Sunday.
This week's reading was actually a book for grownups -- The Giving Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini. I've read and enjoyed most of the Elm Creek ones, but this one disappointed me. There was very little about the Elm Creek Quilters and the stories of the Quiltsgiving guests felt very preachy. (Did Anna leave in one of the books I missed? She was my favorite new character and it seems like she vanished almost immediately!)
I also read Death of a Schoolgirl. To give you an idea how much I enjoyed this one, I started it in the car while Hubby went into the tire store to ask about studded tires and I'd read the first fifty pages before he came back out, without minding the wait one bit! Author Joanna Campbell Slan is giving away twelve of her mysteries on my blog this December, and we've still got two copies of this one to give, so make sure to enter if this one intrigues you.
For more fun projects to drool over, check out On the Needles at Patchwork Times and Work in Progress Wednesdays at Tami's Amis.