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Tuesday, February 20, 2007


Right now, I’m just a little scared of what I see above.

Moments ago, that knitting you see was an entire front section of a sweater.

Now, it appears to be not much more than a swatch!

Here’s the silver, swatch is good! Rather it be a puny-size potholder shaped portion than a sweater with not one, but two cable crossing disasters. I swear! I was drinking coffee and chatting and before I knew it BLAM! I spied mistake #1, about 8 rows back.

Yikes! Then I inspected the rest of the thing and BLAM! Mistake #2 WAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay down by the ribber-side.

For a microsecond, I considered the cure, the re-knit, the weave.

But then it was: OFF with its thread.

I decided in this yarn, with this tension, with this pattern, it would only drive me around the bend if I started fussing with it. There are two cable actions quite close together and by my estimates (and factoring in the b-Marie patience quotient) it would be more efficient to just rippit. I’m a fast knitter, right?

More is more, then less.

I feel a little giddy….

10 responses to “Tuesday, February 20, 2007”

  1. Toby Wollin says:

    You know, whenever I have to do that, I have to take a deep breath and remind myself that I’m “doing the right thing” – but it’s like the whole “ripping the band-aid” off business – once you do it, it feels soooo much better.

  2. Michele says:

    It’s always nice to know I’m not the only one ripping entire fronts of sweaters. Last week I ripped an entire body of a sweater (Up to the armhols) after finding that I had somehow doubled the stitches around the armhole areas – the sleeves would have looked like old school batwings! Not the effect I wanted!

  3. Patty says:

    Ugh…I feel for you. I’ve forgotten the same yarn over about a bazillion times on my Ariann and have been ripping more than knitting!

  4. Leslie says:

    Gee, must be global frogging, though I only had to rip about two inches of stockinette stitch yesterday. Seems one of my stitches in the k3tog tbl was left hanging. It’s still hard to do, though!

  5. Tracey says:

    Frogs around the world declare; Rip It!
    In the immortal words of Devo: Rip It, Rip It Good!
    Breathe and move on, I’m glad you had the strength to rip it back, I was just telling Chris over at StumblingOverChaos, how we as knitter’s get caught up in the time invested in the project and are sometimes hesitant to rip, when rippin’s best.

  6. claudia says:

    If it was fun knitting the first time, it will be fun the second. Sometimes scorched-earth is the correct policy.

  7. amisha says:

    i am with you… i would usually rather rip than drive myself mad trying to fix something stitch by stitch.
    i love the head in this photo. intriguing!

  8. Silvia says:

    It’s the only way. You’d never be happy with a wonky fix. Kudos on your strength. You’re awarded the silver medal today.

  9. Carol says:

    I would have driven you mad anyway. Now you can enjoy your knit.

  10. Tina says:

    Ripping isn’t the easiest thing to do. It can be completely frustrating when you spy a mistake, but sometimes it is the best thing all around. Doing a make shift fix sometimes takes as much time as it would just to rip it and re-knit it. At least you now know your work is error free, and the good news is now you get more time to master the pattern.

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