I’ve been living the adages this week.
- If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
- Third try’s a charm.
- No one knows how long it took you to make it; they’ll just admire your work when it’s done.
- Put it down. Walk away from it. Come back to it later.
First there was my sweater sleeve. On the first try, I was merrily knitting along when I realized the sleeve would barely fit a small child. After analysis, I realized I had misinterpreted the directions. Frogged* all the way back to the pick up and knit section. Next I fell off the chart right in the middle of leaf 2 and the pattern was off. Frogged back to the pick up and knit section – again. Determined not to let the pattern get the best of me, I attempted the sleeve a third time. and it worked! (Insert large amounts of time in between frogging and starting the next attempts.)
Felted bowls were the next episode of determination. I wanted to learn how to use the continental knitting stitch, so a felted bowl seemed to be good fit. Even if my stitches did not turn out well, once felted, they would not be visible. By the time I got to the bottom decreases, I was so happy to be finishing that I just kept on knitting and forgot to check the pattern. I cut the yarn and tried to stand the bowl up next to its mates. Funny. The other bowls had flat bottoms and this one had a pointed bottom. Frog One back to where the pattern said to change directions and I missed the que.
Try #2. In trying to get back into the decrease pattern, I managed to get one row past the mark and the star pattern on the bottom of the bowl was crooked. Frog Two back to the start of the bottom section.Finally, I went back to throw style knitting, read the directions and finished the bowl.
Maria loves them.
Can’t wait to see them felted.
Wonder how many trys that will require…
*Frogging: Sometimes when a mistake happens and you don’t notice it for a long time, you have to rip out many rows, a process known as frogging. (Rip it, Rip it…)