Originally Posted by dudeKnit
Been on the phone over an hour now with one branch trying to diagnose a dead NIC. I love it when they say it's plugged in and they are looking at the power cables, or better yet when you ask them if the computer is on and they say yes, I turned the screen on.
My all time cake taker was a manager that I spent 45 minutes trying to troubleshoot a printer that wasn't printing went through the whole shabang, including deleting and reinstalling drivers still nothing finally he suggests he check the paper tray, lo it was out of paper. The first question I had asked him was if paper was in the printer.
There needs to be an emote for head explode.
On another note last night I restarted my project, and I think tonight I'll start over again. I finally see where I am picking up extra stitches. When I begin my first stitch in a new row I have been picking up the loop and wrapping around that, instead of picking up the loop then picking the next one and winding. I think I'm doing the same on the last loops of a row as well.
I think my all-time personal best was when I asked a client to send me a copy of the nightly backup so I could run some diagnostics using the actual data causing the failure and they sent me -- FedEx OVERNIGHT, no less -- a photocopy of the backup listing.
To skid back in the direction of on-topic, I'm not sure what you're describing when you say "pick up the loop then pick up the next one" when you're starting a new row. You might slip
the first stitch of a new row -- people will do that to make the edge a little neater, though I haven't ever tried it -- but the loop/stitch is still gonna be there. It's possible that you're doing something funky with the ends of the rows, though, and sometimes in the edges that's hard to see. But basically the first stitch of a row (or the last one) isn't any different than the ones in the middle -- at least not in terms of what you do to it (unless you're using the aforementioned slip stitch, which I'm guessing you aren't). In garter stitch (which is what you're using IIRC) you'd just turn the work over, insert the "empty" needle in the first stitch and knit it like any other. It looks a little different because there's nothing to the right of it, and it feels a little different... for the same reason, really (it'll feel looser) but there's no difference in what you're doing as opposed to what you'd do to the following stitches. Same with the last stitch, except it usually feels a little tighter than the rest (to me anyway). the flip it over, lather, rinse, repeat ad infinitum... and beyond.
If you're basing this on what the stitches were doing as you were pulling them out
(which seems like a perfectly reasonable thing to do, doesn't it?) there IS a difference in how they behave when you get to the end of a row. I can't really explain it, because I've never figured it out myself, but it LOOKS like there's an extra stitch there when there really isn't. And anyway, if you were adding extras at the beginning and end of every row, you'd have a LOT more than a few extras. You'd be increasing by 2 stitches every row, and it would be VERY apparent before you got very far.
Dunno if that makes any sense whatever, but it's what I got.