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In Uncategorized on July 21, 2008 at 6:27 pm

I only ripped out the 18 rows needed to make up the difference. Actually finishing this sweater won out over finishing this sweater and having it be perfect.


Feeling froggy

In layered skater's undertop, ripping, sweater on July 18, 2008 at 6:38 pm

Apparently I didn’t read the pattern too carefully. After a careful stitch count I had 10 too many on the needles. I’ll be ripping out a good 18 or so rows this afternoon. Keeps me spry, I suppose.

Another presenting dilemma: Veronik’s pattern has a M1-Right slanting and M1-Left slanting. Although I’ve knit for the past seven years, I have much to learn. Too, I confess I’ve been lazy and have left gaps in this sweater project and prior endeavors where I could have sought out other solutions. I mis-read the (exquisitely clear) instructions in this sweater pattern and left gaps in my newly made right leaning stitches.

Since I’m already yanking out 18 rows, what’s another 40 rows or so? To frog or not to frog: is it a matter of pride? laziness? Are we knitters willing to live with our mistakes, wear them and stick our fingers through them fondly as a reminder of lessons learned? Or do we yank them out and work the yarn again as a means to refine the imperfections in our sweaters and our characters? Ultimately our hand created products are as much a result of our unfolding personhood as they are little bits of functional art.

I left mistakes in the last one. Gleaming, ripe mistakes for the noticing. I’ll let you know about this round.

Veronik, you are brilliant.

In layered skater's undertop, sweater, veronik avery on July 15, 2008 at 4:59 am

Another one is in the works. Eight inches and counting. So far so fabulous.

Thanks for the fantastic new book, Veronik!

Knitting Promises

In Uncategorized on July 12, 2008 at 7:25 pm

Knitting Promises I’ve made lately:

  1. I will not buy just one skein of yarn that will live in my yarn cupboard indefinitely.
  2. I will buy too much yarn for my sweater projects so I have all the same dyelot.
  3. I will not just make up my own patterns as I go anymore.
  4. I will not knit for my cats.
  5. I will continue to believe in the sweater curse. I really like my girlfriend and will not ruin a good thing.
  6. I will actually knit something for a friend’s baby before that baby is 18 years old or older.
  7. I will finish the sweater project that I am currently working on. Really, I will.

Whale Rider Sweater

In sweater, whale rider on July 10, 2008 at 5:25 pm

I managed to finish a sweater.

I’m milking it for all it’s worth.

Maybe it will inspire me to finish the 20+ UFOs lurking in my stash.

And maybe not.

But it did inspire this blog.