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Now mistakes aren't fun but they are normal and to be fair learning tools. When one makes a mistake one should learn from it, hopefully, to avoid making it again. A mistake is exactly what I made with my sweater. Perhaps mistake isn't the right word...to be honest I ran out of yarn. Yarn that I had in my stash, bought over 2 years ago from an online company, my chances of getting more are slim to none and I really don't feel like I should try. So last night when I looked down at my second sleeve and noticed that I had about 10 yards left but about 50 yards worth of knitting to go I realized my problem.
I thought about my options: make the sleeves 3/4 length, adjust the sleeve cap, or rip out completely and start again. I went with the ripping out. 3/4 length just wasn't gonna cut it for the sleeve style as the sleeves were highly patterned and it wouldn't look good. I really don't want to mess with the math for the sleeve sycthe so that left me with option 3, starting over. As I spent the next 15 minutes ripping out an entire sleeve (over 20 inches in length) and about 3/4 of a second sleeve I thought back to when I cast on the sleeves.
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I remembered the conversation I had with myself then...that I was afraid of this moment, of not having enough yarn. I knew that the sleeves would use more than the average sleeve in yarn because it had a bobble texture section and a cable section...two things that eat up yarn like garter stitch. I wasn't completely sure I'd even like the sleeves with all that texture but I opted to go with the pattern anyway and hope for the best. There lies in my mistake. Not the hoping but the going against my preference. I remember hearing some well known knitwear designer (though not well known enough as I can't remember who) say that the biggest mistake knitters make is following the patterns exactly. I can't agree more.
The part of hand knitting that appeals to most people is that ability to make things fit to you but if you fail to recognize your preferences in sleeve styles, or know your measurements and knit exactly as the pattern states you miss this opportunity for a truly unique garment. So as I frogged (rip-it. rip-it, rip-it) my sleeves I made a mental note to myself that the next time I questioned myself if I would like something on a pattern I'm gonna go with my gut. I'm going to learn from my mistake and work on something made just for me and not always what the designer had in mind...well at least for the next couple of projects.
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In the meantime I'm going to cast on for a teddy bear sweater for a Christmas gift just because I really need a little knitter instant gratification and because the sweater and I need a few days apart to repair our friendship but mostly because it's the advice I gave a friend when she was at the breaking point in a sweater she was almost finished with. Yes, a mini break is just what we need cause this photo makes my heart hurt right now...
|My sleeves...all ripped out|
Have you made a mistake lately that you're still cringing over? Have a bad run of project luck where nothing turns out right? I'm off to make a pumpkin spice latte so let's visit about our creative blunders and how we turn the corner on creativity.