Knitting Disaster!

My daughter had longingly looked at the picture of this poncho, and said she’d love to have me knit it for her. This was months ago. I didn’t get it done for Christmas, so I hoped she’d forgotten about it so that I could really surprise her on her birthday in March.

This is what the poncho looks like, made with some fairly difficult to work with yarn:

I began knitting it several weeks ago; the yarn and I were not on friendly terms. It had a mind of its own and our relationship struggled as I valiantly tried to knit it into a semblance of what it should look like. A couple of times I dropped stitches but managed to get everything back and looking as it was supposed to.

Then, last Tuesday night, to my absolute horror, when I was only about 12 rows from being pau, I somehow dropped around 12 stitches! The mistake was not fixable. I had to frog (rippit…rippit… rippit) the entire poncho. I was devastated and wept bitter tears about it. There was now no way I could get it finished in time for my daughter’s hau‘oli lā hānau.

To make matters worse, the last half of the poncho ended up in a tangled snarl:

A special friend of mine helped me by unsnarling the mess. It took her several hours! Then I took a couple of days off from this challenging poncho. I explained to my daughter that her present would be late (she was very understanding). Then imua! I have begun again, and will have it pau within the next few weeks for her.

This time I hope the yarn and I will have resolved our differences and can work together to create the poncho that it is meant to be.

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