Now that I have written the first part of the Provisional Cast On Tutorial, and today, after I performed the second part for the camera, I need another day to figure out how to tell you that the Provisional Cast On is a crapshoot.
Actually, the fact that the whole shebang didn't unzip for the camera doesn't mean it won't "unzip" for the rest of you at some point in time. I guess the news is, with Knitting and Life, we'll have to arm ourselves with whatever tools, be it patience, booze, a crochet hook or a barking dog, everything will come out okay.
And it did. But, like most of my provisional cast ons, whichever method I use, only once in awhile do I get the "unzip" effect. The rest of the time it is either hours of gathering steam so I can untangle and pick up what I think are working stitches, or I just take a deep breath and carefully clip the provisional stitches away and place the live ones back on the needle. (That is why I would always suggest you use a bright, slippery type of yarn or fiber for the provisional part.
Like I said, Life, just like Knitting, doesn't always turn out absolutely perfect. Last week, we had a scare. Poor Chuck had been limping and the vet had to keep him for a day to do some tests to rule out bone cancer. After a day of the two of us crying, morphine for him, sedation and later, sympathy, we disovered Chuck is a-okay, but he has some lasting issues which we will control with medication and love.
On other news, the Sunday-type news, we are looking for locations, camera shoots, you know, the ones for the You-Know. We're shooting in late summer in Southern California, and although I'd love to see some of the shots done in old Hollywood-type places, the permits would be way too expensive. So my husband has been scouting out nice places near our home that are either for free or maybe with permission from the owner. If any of you know of some kitschy or picturesque or quintessentially California spots that would be el-cheapo, write me an email. Even if it is a private home. But please, no coffee houses.
Here are a few pics of what we have seen today and yesterday. (BTW: We're not thinking of doing a shoot on this trail but since it is literally 85 steps or so as a crow flies out our front door, I wanted to show you what we do on the weekends. Chuck got four ticks trekking on this little trail. Me? I got only one.)