April 19, 2006
What the Japanese know (and I obviously don't)
Two e-mails arrived in my Inbox today, and both hit me like a ton of bricks.
The first brought feelings of redemption like I've never felt in my entire life. It was from Shiromaru, a Japanese reader of my blog who's been helping me with the Mountainash pattern. By the way, don't you just love the title of her blog, knit, knitter, knittest? Okay, those happen to be the only words I understand in her entire blog, but still? Hehe :). Anyway, Shiromaru writes:
Needless to say, you're right!
After reading your article, I checked the website of NIHON VOGUE, the publisher of that pattern book, for some information. And, on their forum, I found there is a Q&A about the same problem that you faced. Their answer is that row23 has a typo, and that a K2tog is needed after boxed 2 YOs. (As you know, although your decision on K2tog is "BEFORE", I'm sure that it doesn't make much difference whether BEFORE or AFTER.)
For your information, this is the URL of above site. (in Japanese)
I hope that your catching up is going well.
Okay, will you allow me to GLOAT for a second? Very big grin :-D. I mean, come on, I don't speak a word of Japanese and I was able to (1) realize that there's a mistake, (2) figure out the issue, and (3) come up with an identical solution (Shiromaru is correct - it doesn't matter whether the k2tog is before or after the two yos). I visited the forum she referenced, and read everything contained within (hahaha! hahaha! hahaha!), and now feel pretty darn pleased with myself. And, Shiromaru, my deepest thanks!
The second e-mail... well, this one hit me like a ton of bricks, but in a very bad way. It came from Noriko, a Japanese reader of my blog who currently resides in the States. Noriko, you are an angel for sending me this info, thank you for taking the time. She writes:
[...] After reading your April 19th blog entry, I checked the lace shawl pattern for the first time and found something. It's not about the mistake you wrote. Maybe you already know about it or it's not relevant, but I decided to let you know just in case.
The book says that you knit the edging first. But not the whole edging, only 85 patterns/ 1021 rows, from the black circle to the black triangle (for two sides of the isosceles triangle) in the shawl pattern schematic. Then pick up the stitches from the edging and start knitting the body and the rest of the edging at the same time. (The edging has more rows than the body, so you use short-row for the edging.)[...]
Jesus! Jesuuuuus! (I'm typing this entry in the Divinity School Library, so such an exclamation is only appropriate)
Dare I go into the uber-technical explanation of how the pattern is supposed to be worked, as opposed to the way I've chosen to work it? I can already see your eyes glazing over, as I blab and blab and draw color-coded diagrams with lots of arrows and numbers. Suffice it to say - DRASTICALLY different. Provisionally casting on 510 sts? Uhm, not so much. And this bit about knitting the body and the rest of the edging at the same time using short rows? God, I really wish I knew that before I started.
Cue the ominous music. I need to get my butt out of the library, go home, and THINK. THINK!