I am participating in Wendy Knits Summer Mystery Shawlette Knit-A-Long. I’m joining my longtime best friend, Lisa B., who is also working on her mystery shawl. I started out with a totally different yarn; knit for a few rows, then took it to my Tuesday Night Knitters Group for inspection, inspiration, advice, and just plain help. The result of that was to frog the first yarn because even though it was a cotton-blend (Misti Alpaca Pima Cotton & Silk DK), I was afraid there was too much cotton it in and the shawl would not drape correctly.
I searched my stash of sock yarn, but nothing seemed to fit, so I decided to frog my Traveling By the Sea (post about it on April 21, 2011). This is the Traveling Woman pattern on Ravelry Shawlette. I liked the pattern, but I didn’t like the way it looked with the beautiful Handmaiden Fine Yarn Swiss Mountain Sea Sock yarn.
I am now on Chart C and have just finished the first repeat of this 24-row chart. I have 2 more repeats to go. Thus, my title of “two frog ponds later!!!” I am liking the look of this shawl. What do you think?
When I was in grade school and we were playing a game, we would over allow one “do over” — in other words, you were allowed to do the action again to try to “get it right.” That’s how this blog got started…I was not happy with the way my other blog was going so I am dong a “DO OVER.”
Hmmm…giving yourself permission to “DO OVER.” That’s pretty good advice to give to new knitters. You don’t like the look of your work in progress? DO OVER. Think the knitted piece is getting too big or not big enough? DO OVER. The pattern is too busy…too complicated…too whatever? DO OVER.
Frogging (you know, rip, rip, rip rip out) your knitting seems so sad until you tell yourself, “It’s a DO OVER so I can do it better.” Those simple words makes it seem like it’s just another part of the knitting process. It’s as natural as choosing your needles and yarn.
People often tell me that my knitting is so “lovely.” It’s because I DO OVER…..a LOT!
And I’m in good company, too. It took Thomas Edison over 10 thousand different experiments for him to invent the first incandescent light bulb.The Wright brothers had numerous failures and crashes before they were able to pursue their goal of powered, controlled, piloted flight. Walt Disney failed in several areas, including being fired because he “had no good ideas,” before he drew the famous mouse with theme parks all over the world!
See! DO OVERS helped make this country great! So to all you knitters out there, don’t be afraid to DO OVER your knitting. It’s good advice.