About this time last year, I planned to make a Hitofude for a friend. I started it and never got very far . . about 13 rows to be exact. Since I was familiar again with the pattern after knitting Nicole’s, I brought my friend’s Hitofude with me. Somehow, one end of the needles got pulled out far enough that I had a mess. Last night after everyone went to bed, I tried to get those stitches back on but gave up and ripped it all out.
When I went to start over, I realized (1) I needed to do a provisional cast on and didn’t have a crochet hook with me and (2) I had no yarn to use for waste yarn. I ended up taking a plastic drinking straw (who says they aren’t valuable?), cutting it to make myself a crochet hook of sorts. Then I fished the previously used waste yarn (from the previous progress) out of the trash and re-used it. Not a great way to get started but I got started, knitted way into the night, and have knitted a bit this morning.
I’m now back where I was and hopefully can stick with this til it’s finished and not abandon it, have to figure out where I left off and risk dropping stitches again.
I do love this pattern and for those of you who like the looks of this sweater, I encourage you to try it. In the beginning, it all seems so intimidating but it really is quite easy.