Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Crooked Hearted Shawl












So, I recently ran into a snag with my Koigu Bleeding Hearts Pi Shawl - on the last row of the pattern repeat, I discovered a little late in the game that I needed to move the beginning of the round marker back a stitch for everything to line up properly. The result of this misalignment, is a crooked heart, scattered here and there.

So, hence the dilemna - can I live with a crooked heart?

Now, I've met many a crooked heart in my day -- a duplicitous boyfriend, a villanous cop, a pandering judge, a particular evil, hardhearted client. And, when a crooked heart is corrupt, the fabric of my life is not just snared, pilled, or pulled, but is as unmendable as the jagged tear inflicted on a lapel when a religious Jew rips his clothes in mourning.

But, then there's the crooked heart, that's not corrupt, but just slightly skewed - like a boxer's nose after a fight - a heart that's been knocked around, bent, dented, but is still well-meaning, if a bit misdirected. That heart, is altogether human. And, who wants a shawl of perfect hearts - because to be a perfect heart, would be to be a cold heart, and that's not what Koigu is about. So, I'm going to live with my crooked hearts, and with a little blocking, it will be hard to tell the broken hearts from the well-knit rest.

And, in other Koigu news, I cast on a pair of socks, in preparation for the goddamn CLE I have to take on Thursday and Friday, and lookey:








It's like a thunderbolt! Hopefully, the other skein will pool the same way!

8 comments:

Liz K. said...

I love this post -- nice analogy. I'd keep the crooked heart, too, as a tribute to all the imperfect people who I love and those who love imperfect me!

Theresa said...

So much Koigu . . . I'm losing focus . . . definitely go with the crooked hearts. I like them.

Kat said...

I will leave you with a comment my friend said to me - can you see it if you were riding a horse at a gallop? :-) I think it looks lovely!!

Wendy said...

I too have moved on to lace. Nice summery knitting.

Question: What day are you going to Sheep & Wool? Are bloggers going to try to connect at all?

Wendy said...

I too have moved on to lace. Nice summery knitting.

Question: What day are you going to Sheep & Wool? Are bloggers going to try to connect at all?

Dorothy said...

I don't think I'd have the uh ... heart to rip out and redo that much lace. I kind of like the crooked little hearts.
I love love love the socks!

Sherry W said...

Oh thanks for the pic of the neat socks! Lisa M. wanted a picture and I'm interested in pooling effects, but we just missed you.

As far as the lace goes, leave it be. I noticed a screwed up YO many rows back no one will ever see, (minus a very hawk eyed knitter) in my lotus blossom last night. Sometimes I think it's OK to leave little things alone. Keeps us from getting too compulsive.

KnittingJones said...

Remember what the Tin Man said to Dorothy -- "Now I know I have a heart because it's breaking!"

Wonderful shawl.

PS Don't you hate CLE? After 20 years of practice, there ain't much I don't know about my area of the law. In NY we have to do 24 hours each 2 years. So just give me 2 hours of updates ... Sigh. At least I knit through the rest.