Cathartic Ink

putting my own spin on things

Sometimes I Wonder if I Made the Right Choice.


I began knitting Madli’s Shawl early last summer. I picked out the pattern, bought the back issue of Interweave Knits and scoured the internet for a suitable yarn. My mom bought me that yarn for my 25th birthday and I was all set to start. I knit the first edging and 5.5 repeats of the center pattern and set the shawl down. In August. And I did not pick it up again until shortly after Christmas. At which point I made a goof. And my closest lifeline was 3.5 repeats down. So, I ripped and reknit two of those repeats. Only to discover that I had somehow swapped out my size 5 needle for a size 7 when I picked the shawl up again. My yarn-overs, they were gaping. So, I resolved to reknit and tucked it back into my purse. I decided that I needed to buckle down and work on it so Friday night I pulled it from the bag. And discovered this:


The black spots are ink. A pen exploded in my bag. The horror.

I gasped, and then I assessed. All of the ink was in the two repeats that I needed to rip out anyway. I have three times as much yarn as I need [due to a total mistake on my part–a happy mistake it turns out] so TheBoy held the clean end while I ripped the knitting, getting ink smears all over my hands. I cut the yarn, attached a new piece and away I went. I’ve knit back those two offending repeats plus one more. This brings me to 5 of 31. It’s a good thing that I have a lot of time yet.


  1. Jenn

    Ugh, a Sharpie opened up in my purse yesterday (all day long, I thought “What smells funny?”), luckily I got a new knitting bag for Christmas, so I’m not jamming socks in my purse anymore. Red all over my Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn would have had me crying all night.

    Found your blog through Craftster. Hi!

  2. TheAmpuT

    I still feel the same way as the first time you showed me the pic. It kinda makes me want to throw up a little LOL.

  3. kelly

    Oh, ack! I agree! I think I just threw up a little myself. Poor you!

    At least you have the extra yarn. But still… bad pen! Ban, BAD pen!