Drugs And Knitting Don't Mix

MasonM's picture

I injured my back at work about 10 days ago and have been laid up. I'm in a hotel about 1,000 miles from home unable to drive and barely able to walk. I'm also on percocet and valium in an effort to get things under control.

Last night I foolishly tried knitting on a sock I've been working on. The ribbed top was finished so I thought I'd start the heel flap. Big mistake. I totally messed it up and, not having been smart enough to put in a lifeline I was unable to pick up the stitches again after frogging the mess of a flap.

I wound up having to frog the whole thing and starting over. I've cast on the 48 stitches and just left it be for now.

I'm pretty ticked off at myself at the moment. All that work for nothing.

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Tallguy's picture

Oh, no!! I would never rip

Oh, no!! I would never rip it out!! No, no, no! There is always a way to fix it, no matter what you've done. Always.

If you've started on the heel flap, it's a simple matter to just take it back to where you started it... no need to go all the way right to the beginning! And it if was the turning of the heel, same thing, just take it back to where you started the turning, and put the stitches back on the needles and go from there. Hey, you had better learn how these things work, so that you can salvage your work, no matter what happens. And they will.

Of course, never being on drugs, I guess I shouldm't be going around giving advice for situations like this!

MasonM's picture

Yeah, normally I just frog

Yeah, normally I just frog back and pick up the stitches. Sadly, under the influence of these drugs I just couldn't manage it and got frustrated and frogged the whole thing.

Hell, I got up a little while ago to use the bathroom and my leg buckled, I smacked my head against the dresser, and have a nice little cut on my forehead now. I can't even walk let alone knit.

Mason

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PhilNmtl's picture

Your dedication still shows

Your dedication still shows Mason. I'd be tempted to set fire to the whole thing. I learned a long time ago to never try to turn a heel whilst visiting my brother and his tribe of kids. Once while I was desperate I went into the throne room and sat there for the few minutes of peace and quiet that it takes to actually get it turned, You do what ya have to do. Hope you are feeling better soon

btw what kind of life line do you usually set before beginngin the turn, and how do you do it? I love the idea just don't know how.

Cheers!

Phil

MasonM's picture

Well, as a prime example of

Well, as a prime example of my stupidity I don't thread a life line before starting the heel. I should, but I don't. The easiest way is to use a tapestry needle to thread a bit of yarn through the stitches. I know how, I'm just not smart enough to do it.

Mason

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MMario's picture

I know how, I'm just not

I know how, I'm just not smart enough to do it.

nonononono! *THAT* you can also blame on the drugs!

*grin*

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I sometimes play a character who does.

MasonM's picture

Yeah, I could but so far I

Yeah, I could but so far I haven't been smart enough to use one even when not under tge influence LOL

Mason

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wackowally's picture

I have to take lorazepam

I have to take lorazepam (brand name ativan, which is similar to diazepam - valium) on an as needed basis to control panic attacks and once after a really serious attack, when I had to take I believe 3 or 4 mg, three times what I usually take, I decided to work on one of my knitting projects, after all I was just supposed to knit straight stockinette for a bunch of rows. The next day, after the drugs wore off I realized that I somehow increased by five randomly over the course of about oh, thirty to forty rows.

MasonM's picture

LOL I can see that

LOL I can see that happening.

Mason

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Parrot's picture

Very sorry to hear that you

Very sorry to hear that you are stranded and laid up. At least you have your knitting stash and supplies. Don't worry what your "loopy project" looks likes. Just knit . . you might be surprised how it turns out; something abstract and fun . . a loopy scarf, perhaps :)

Doug
(Parrot)

MasonM's picture

LOL Yeah it'll probably be

LOL Yeah it'll probably be pretty loopy. I think I'm going to try a hat tomorrow.

Mason

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Bill's picture

Sorry you're in pain,

Sorry you're in pain, Mason!
...glad you've got your knitting with you!
Hang in there!
Bill

MasonM's picture

Thanks Bill. I'm just going

Thanks Bill.

I'm just going to have to work on something easier than socks while on these drugs. Maybe a hat or something.

I'm going stir crazy being couped up in this stupid hotel, but at least there are nice people working here. The desk clerk had her son bring me some lunch earlier. Very kind of her.

Mason

Linux: because a PC is a terrible thing to waste

Bill's picture

do you want me to

do you want me to "overnight" you some new knitting supplies???

MasonM's picture

Thanks but I have my large

Thanks but I have my large knitting bag with me. Plenty of supplies. The drugs just make me a bit loopy and not totally fit to knit. LOL

Mason

Linux: because a PC is a terrible thing to waste

MMario's picture

ah, crap! bad enough to be

ah, crap! bad enough to be laid up - but to have your knitting messed up as well! double the bummer!

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I sometimes play a character who does.

MasonM's picture

Yeah, it was very irritating

Yeah, it was very irritating to say the least. I'm going to have another go at it today.

Mason

Linux: because a PC is a terrible thing to waste