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Wednesday, January 9, 2008


… John, I’m only dancing…

Looking at the above, you can see I’ve been knitting some too.

But these are not ordinary works-in-progress. These are a whooping pile of swatches, false starts, and AWOL ideas.

My favorite is the sleeve at the upper left. It’s yarn is now swimming in a gentle lukewarm bath to get pretty before it’s back on the needles for a Final Fling! The stitch pattern originally planned for this design just Did Not Work. And sometimes, you do not find these fatal flaws until you are almost at the finish line. You have to choose. Mediocrity? Lack of Symmetry? Or a trip behind the Fiber Woodshed for a good old fashioned Frogging…

I chose to take my licks and do believe in the long run short-term pain is worth long-term regret. [Sort of a marry in haste; repent in leisure, yarn style, but I have to say at this very moment, at 5:18 am, it smarts in a most peculiarly poignant way. I had just finished sewing in both sleeves and held them up to bask in their glow when the FF slapped me sharply upside the head. OMG. I almost fainted.]

Notice the taupe cabling on the left? That was the first Twist front that was just too painful to rip when several discrepancies were found in progress. It was more than lucky that I had just enough yarn to redo that piece without a frog fest.

In the middle is a amethyst duo, a couple of lower body treatments for a design.

I especially adore the 4 skinny pieces towards the bottom: these approach sanity in a way the others can’t. They show that at some point it is better to cut bait and row quickly away.

This is, but of course, one of my favorite philosophies. It is like the way a policeman takes control of a potentially hazardous situation on the street that is gathering an audience and he barks, “There’s nothin’ to look at here. Move along!”

Moving forward. Much more pleasant than wallowing in the dust.

Better go stick my hands in those sudz…

5 responses to “Wednesday, January 9, 2008”

  1. Seanna Lea says:

    It’s nice seeing the creative process in action. I have something like this, but mine is not organized or even vaguely in one spot.

  2. Mandella says:

    Trust you to turn a mass frogging into a learning experience. Call me sad, but a good ripping is good for the soul sometimes. Just depressing how much longer it took to knit it all up in the first place!

  3. Bonne Marie says:

    Ya know, I felt such freedom after I made the decision to just rip it. I was buoyant for most of the morning (then I got stuck in traffic and the bubble burst).

    Thanks for the insight…

    That pile got made because I was cleaning up my work area and there were dribs and drabs and HUNKS of stuff. I was rather shocked when I saw the entire craptastic wonder of it all.

  4. Sil says:

    It is surprisingly difficult to rip out something you’ve worked so hard upon, even though you know it’s not successful or get worn. In my opinion, once you get past that “everything I make is precious” mindset, you mature to become a more interesting artist/knitter/whatever. Kudos for the ripping, you must have learned alot along those many roads.

  5. Tracey says:

    Yes, but, have you ever noticed that whenever said police man yells those words, even more people come to gawk and stand around? ;) LOL, nice to see you’re as human as the rest of us. Frogging is good, it cleanses.

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