Piggy's introduction to lifelines was not, however, without incident. And I feel it is my duty to pass on a few key observations I gleaned from today's adventures:
- When choosing a material for your lifeline, think thin -- a yarn two weights lighter than what you're using in your project, for example. Or better yet, crochet thread. Crochet thread is always a good choice.
- Unless it is impregnated with metallic stuff that is just shy of the consistency of steel wool.
- Once you've picked out all the metallic shards from your knitting, frogged back a couple of rounds to where your precious yarn no longer resembles a rat's nest, cut all that away, attached new yarn and knit back to where you were, a large drink is in order. Remember, piglets, it's five o'clock somewhere.
- No matter how thin and smooth it might be, not to mention pleasing to the eye, it's not a good idea for your lifeline to be the same shade as your yarn.
- This is not a time to be scrupulously tidy; don't trim the ends of your lifeline too much. Knitting stretches.
- For the love of all things holy, when adding your second (third, fourth...) lifeline, don't remove earlier ones. You just might need them.
***In other news...I managed to get some more of my Saroyan done last night at the Vancouver Fibre League meetup. I've now completed the straight section, and started the decreases. I likely won't be working on it again until next Thursday, though, as the SSBPMOL, Spring Leaves and my other assignments for the Harry Potter Knitting/Crochet House Cup will be keeping me busy.