Friday, I went to my knitting group thrilled to be showing off the progress I had made with the test knit of a Super Sweet pattern Yummy Yarn studio is going to be releasing. There are 2 of us working on the test knitting so lots of back and forth has been going on and in my haste, I have been doing far too much forth and not nearly enough thinking things through. Sure enough with what I had calculated to be about 15 hours left of knitting on the sweater (have I ever mentioned how much I like knitting socks), I realized with the help of Ms. “J ” that this lovely top down knit was way too big under the underarms. (* see note). I had added 22 stitches where 10 would have sufficed, twice! off to the frog pond (** see next note). With a sigh of resignation and for the moment defeat, I choose a little shopping therapy for “da feet” Who could resist? And they were on sale!
I have settled back into knitting, thought through process, have nearly completed the draft pattern changes and have caught up to where I ripped out. As a result of the correction, I can add some additional length to the sweater which was unlikely with the additional stitches.
This week has been a number of do-overs and rather than being frustrated (ok maybe just a little – or a lot but I have been trying to take a breath) I have instead tried to see the opportunity as a learning experience that will pay off big time in the long run. Technical, computer, knitting or just plain life… a do over isn’t always such a bad thing.
*for those in the need to know… Top down means you knit starting at the neck and work your way through the body as a single piece rather than sewing a bunch of pieces at the end of the project. Ingenious when you’re paying attention. Pain when you realize that you have made a sever mistake early on and need to pretty much start over.
**again for those who need to know… Frogging is a knit term that means you are “rip it” ing your knitting out for usually what ends up being a lot of bad knitting. We are talking rows here, not stitches.