I try to remember that
Take the current cardi on the needles.
AND! There was Hallowe'en. In it's favour, the cardi is simple stockinet knitting. No fancy stitches, no lace, no cables.
So Brenda said to herself " I can knit on this simple stockinet cardi between door openings to serve the 200 plus kids that rush our house every October 31." Knitting towards the final colour change on the first sleeve and being only one- half inch short of the required seven inches,
But little witches, goblins, princesses and Harry Potters have no patience. Apparently if the door is not opened within a nano second of the bell being rung, they think the idea is to ring the bell again. And again. I know that you know, but those kids had no idea the havoc they wreaked on my little cardi.
Four days later and I'm almost back on track with almost all the dropped, single strands of the double- stranded stitches having been repaired. And sure, I know it's not a race but there's great humiliation - and no ribbon - in coming in last.