...what happened last night.
I'd spent most of the day with knitting and spinning friends. I was rocking along on my Shetland Tea Shawl (as much as you can rock along on 574 sts/round on the fiddly part of the pattern.) Last night was our Tuesday SnB group, and I was knitting along fine there too. (Note: finding a lace pattern you can knit when there are other people around: Priceless.)
Then, just before the meeting was over, I dropped a stitch. In the middle of a section of double yo's and decreases. And it ran down a couple of rows before I could catch it.
I didn't panic. I secured the stitch and put my knitting away till I got home.
Once I got home, I decided I'd try to fix just that section, instead of tinking back 3 or 4 rounds, which had been my usual way of dealing with problems like these in the past. (The fact that my rounds have 574 sts contributed mightily to this decision.) So I isolated the section with the problem, redrew the chart to focus on the problem section (the problem section went from the end of the chart to the beginning, and I am not good at putting stuff like that together in my head), and...
stitch by stitch, I dropped the whole 14 stitch section down about 4 rows.
I'd never tried to do this before.* But I knew it could be done. Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer writes about repairing a Shetland lace disaster. And her problem was about a zillion times more dramatic than my easy lace problem. (Let me say right now how totally in awe I am of someone who can do something like this.) Kim had also had to fix a problem on her Alcazar shawl.) So with Kim and Jackie as inspiration, I tried fixing it.
And it worked.
I used a couple of bamboo dpns and I sat with my knitting right under the lamp. I have to say I wasn't loving the dark yarn when I was doing this, though. Undoing the decreases in this slippery tencel is not for the faint of heart, especially when you can barely see them!
I feel like I've completed some kind of rite of passage or something. Of course, it's a fairly uncomplicated pattern, and it has lace every row (no every-other-row knit). To me, it's easier to find and fix problems when something's happening every row. Counter-intuitive, I know, but hey, works for me! But I'm ridiculously proud that I did this.
Now I just have to remember the immortal words of Han Solo to Luke Skywalker:
"Great, kid! Don't get cocky."
*No, I tell a lie. I HAD tried to do it, and FAILED miserably. But I reasoned I could always tink back 3 rows if I had to. I wouldn't be any worse off than now, and if this worked, I would have saved myself a couple hours work.