Let me tell you, I've had a crazy (re: bordering on psycho) last 18 hours. All because of my Rose Lace Stole. It started yesterday sometime around 6 pm when I noticed that the second half of my Rose Lace stole wasn't really matching up with the first half. I hadn't got to the geometric lace part yet, so the only part that wasn't really matching up was the sides. One edge had the yarn over in the right spot and the other edge did not - it was off.
Well, luckily (or so I thought at the time) I hadn't taken out the yarn that held my provisional cast on. It was basically down hill from there. I ripped back to that lifeline and tried to restart... I spent the next three and a half hours trying to figure out how to get it right. This involved a lot of patience and utter misery on my part as I tried to figure it out. At multiple points I just stopped and put my head in my hands and just sat there trying to figure out what was going on. I mean, it got to the point where I thought I was crazy and just wondering what in the heck as I doing???
When I finally went to bed, I had picked up stitches and knit two rows. It looked okay, but I had a couple of extra stitches that would still need to be removed. When I got up today, I fixed the stitch count problem with some decreases and continued knitting. The sides look(ed) okay now with only one minor issue that is visible from the extra decreases. I've started the geometric lace and it looks like it lines up okay with the first half. I don't think it lines up perfectly, but it's very very close.
I have honestly never felt this "psycho" about my knitting. Normally if I make a mistake or am off in stitch count, then I just fix it and move on. Often times I can't even find the errors in the knitting item once I'm done. I really don't know what came over me last night. I'm not even sure anymore if there was a problem to begin with because I'm not sure how perfectly it is suppose to line up. I don't know if the problem was with my provisional cast on (perhaps I got that wrong??) or if the problem was my idea/vision of how it was all going to line up.
Words of wisdom from Mr. SpiderKate: "It's going to be okay. It's not going to effect the overall function of the item."