Knitting happily along and having had some minor mistakes that were pretty easy to fix, I blithely decided (I am sure you can see where this is going!) that I wouldn't move my lifeline. I am such a slow knitter and I check frequently that I am on track and I figured that I wouldn't need it. I now BOW to the knitting God and I will not tempt the knitting mojo with my foolish thoughts!!
I got to the end of row 193 and was one stitch short. What???? I carefully looked back through my knitting and couldn't find anything. What????? I counted stitches - OK only 98, but I still couldn't find the mistake. I tinked back stitch by stitch - carefully I thought - and when I had unknit row 193 I had a look. The stitch marker on the left is a dropped stitch. I quickly put a marker on it and recounted - Uh Oh now 97 stitches - I clearly had dropped this stitch in the tinking part. I carefully then compared my stole to the pattern and low and behold found a missed YO (that is the marker on the right).
While I have picked up dropped stitches in stockinette stitch and in garter stitch, I have never, never picked up something in lace.
Now I was in a panic - I am at row 192, my lifeline is at row 150 and it has taken me literally all week to knit up to this point on the clue. I stopped only once to knit something fun and fast (tessalating fish, previous post), but have basically been monogonous and knit for 2 hours each night just to keep up. My chart is marked off with the required number of rows I need to complete each night so I finish up on Thursday - if I had to rip down to the lifeline I would be an entire week behind with no way to catch up AAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!
So.........I cast on with bigger needles and bigger yarn and started knitting a swatch that matched this part of the stole. When I got a little beyond this part, I intentionally dropped a stitch off and watched as it unraveled back to where I was at on my stole. This is the AHA moment - I could now see how the threads worked!!!!! I could fix my dropped stitch!!!! What a break through for me - I can "read" my knitting - Finally!!. I took my trusty tiny crochet hook and rewove the threads for this stitch and when I reached the point where it should be on the needle I just put in the marker to hold until I could get to knitting again.
Here is my missed YO - basically the same approach as above except I didn't need to knit a swatch because I had learned how the threads should look when I fixed the dropped stitch. I just used my teeny tiny crochet hook when I got to this point again and fixed the thing. What a feeling!! I can't even begin to explain it - before this stole, I am not even sure I would have been able to look at a piece of knitting and have been able to "see" where the error was. Now, not only could I see it, I could fix it. I feel like I have now passed from a novice knitter into the next level - I might actually be approaching a median knitter. I can't believe it!!