All that work. Up in smoke. I spent the entire day yesterday working on the second half of the baby blanket. ALL day! I was about 3/4 finished with the grafting when I realized I couldn't finish. Somehow, I am missing about 20 stitches. Where did they go? I've spent the morning trying to find them. They are just gone. I counted the bottom of each side: fine. I counted the edges: fine. I counted the middle: wrong. The half I worked on yesterday has less stitches than the one I finished weeks ago, even though I started with the same number of stitches. How do you lose 20 stitches? I can't find anywhere where I've decreased. I looked at every row. I can't fix my mistake if I don't know what the problem is. So. What do I do? I guess I'll let the blanket sit for a week or so, then frog it and make it something else.
In better news, I finished a hat for a friend of a friend's preemie (he weighs less than three pounds). I included a hand-wound ball of yarn for scale. I used Classic Elite Premier and two size 6 circulars. I think I may make a red one out of Cascade Pima Tencel (which is pretty much the same as the Premier) as a soothing, relaxing, easy project that I can't get wrong. Knock on wood.
Next, I'm going to make an entrelac washcloth. I've wanted to try entrelac for a while and this seems like an easy way to learn the basics. The pattern is here (via 1870 Pearl).