Finally about 10 days ago I got up the courage to start working on my first Herbert Niebling designed doiley. I decided to do Frosted Ferns since it's well documented, lots of people have done it, etc.
AND IT WAS GOING PERFECTLY! I sailed along for several days using my size 0 circs with #30 cotton threat. Tiny, tiny, stuff...but I was DOING it!!! To the best of my knowledge I had not made one single mistake.
Monday afternoon I finished row 42, now about 8 days into the project. I set the knitting down on the floor next to my recliner as I always do and went to chorus rehearsal.
Tuesay morning I sat in the recliner to answer to email and kick my shoes off which fell to the floor. Finishing me email, I slipped my shoes back on and went off to work. What I didn't notice was that one of the shoes had dropped on the needle right where the base of the needle meets the cable...snapping it completely in two.
But it still looked fine since the needle itself was still in the stitches. When I went to knit Tuesday, I picked it up and thought "Funny, it looks odd somehow" As I twisted it back and forth I saw to my horror that more than a third of the stitches were now off the cable and slipped and twisted beyond any possibility of repair. RIP (in both senses of the word)
Eight days of work down the drain plus I need to order a new circ from KP before I can start over.
The final indignity? The #30 thread snarled into a hopeless knot before I had recovered more than a yard of it. So the thread is lost, too.
Sooooooo many lessons to be learned here. And I will reflect upon them all....AFTER I finish my bottle of bourbon!!!!