Monday, January 19, 2015

Do-over

All righty, then. I can tell you're looking at this picture and thinking it isn't that bad. That looks like something a person could wear. That looks like a garment. (Which it does, very deceptively. At moments like this I begin to distrust my dressmaker's dummy very deeply.) But it does not actually fit me, not at all. Something went wrong between the body and sleeves (well-fitting) and the yoke (a ridiculous extravagance of yarnage) and that something is GAUGE.

 

I know, it does look pretty. But see where the "yoke" would hit me? Kind of below the armpits? That ain't right. Friends, there's only one thing to do. Unravel.

Unraveling a mistake or a mess is hard, but really only for a minute. That moment of deciding it's either time to rip it out or to stuff the ill-shaped disaster into a bag in the bottom of a box at the back of the closet is the only rough part of things. Get past that moment, decide to rip, do some math, wind your problem back into its component parts, and get cracking again. It feels, and I mean this, really good.

We'll get there.

 

26 comments:

  1. It IS beautiful though. My vote would be just leave it on the dressmaker dummy for everyone to admire the beautiful colorwork! :-) Have fun ripping my friend.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  2. really is a pretty sweater, though! sorry you had to frog it. :-( The thing I'm wondering about, though, is that turtleneck. It seems reallllllllly long -- too long for my stubby neck! I'd have to fold it over 3 or 4 times!

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  3. Good for you for frogging! I would have lumped it in a pile and pouted for days!

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  4. it's so beautiful but i gotta give it to you for frogging it. I may have shed a tear had that been me :0)

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  5. I think it's beautiful yet I understand. It truly amazes me how talented you are and how fast you knit.

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  6. You are a whizz with needles in your hands.... You may even knit faster than my Grandmother did!!!!! ...and Ghee she was prolific.... Must have been those pink needles that the so loved! I love that you decided to frog it.... I totally understand the need to do so!

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  7. Oh!
    But it does look beautiful. So it should look even better when you're done with V.2.
    Holding thumbs here.

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  8. Wow my friend, you are amazing... I do jot know if I could've done ... But it looks like frogging was your only option ... Knowing you it will get there and it will be done right ... That is the only way... Enjoy the journey my dear friend.

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  9. I am so impressed with your patience and persistence, good for you.

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  10. Yes, I've come to the conclusion that the sooner one admits that something is wrong and gets on with fixing it the better. I used to always procrastinate but now I (try) to just accept that it has gone wrong and make it right.

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    1. It's because we really love to knit and create; not necessarily wear it the first time its off the needles, right?
      Anyway, the modern knitter has taught me about the GREEN LIGHT of freedom::::::
      RIP it out doesn't mean Rest In Peace
      it means VOILA !! freedom to become alive again!!
      I love freedom x-x-x-x-x-x-x

      thanX for the green light reminder ---GO GIRL

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  11. BRAVO! You are a woman to be admired. That lemongrass color is meant to be worn and enjoyed. I look forward to each post, creativity in your projects and your writing are equally matched.

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  12. It feels good? Maybe if you can rip back without completely losing track of where you are. :) I have never managed that.

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  13. Non-knitters have NO IDEA how hard it is to make The Decision to Rip. I've tried to describe it to people but words have always failed. Well done you!!! Can't wait to see the new FO. xxx

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  14. Hi Kristen! Wow, I really love the colourwork pattern! So pretty!
    I admire your courage to frog it and I totally understand your reason!
    Happy knitting!!!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  15. A bloomin nuisance but the colours are superb together so worth doing.
    Jean x

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  16. Hi new to your blog. Sorry your are ripping, I like the colors they work really great together. Noticed your Kilt socks in a previous post your knitting is lovely. :)

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  17. amazing! congratulations even from Italy!

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  18. Good for you! I'm a fairly medium 2-3 year knitter and I have little to show for all the hours I've put it but what I do have are items I am proud to give, own and LOTS of experience making mistakes and I am still making them! I have always been about the process as opposed to the progress unless it comes to cleaning my house.
    You go girl!

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  19. Always making mistakes me, Do go and laugh your head off at my latest failure - I mean if you really want to laugh! No unraveling there, simply tis not worth it. I think that has the potential to be pretty awesome. Jo x

    http://joeveryday19.blogsopt.co.uk

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  20. Wow, that is some frogging to so. But you are right it is best to jump in and get it done. I once frogged an entire Noro coat I had just finished, seams and all. Once it was all unraveled I could catch my breath again and get back at it.

    Good luck,
    Meredith

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  21. Good for you! It's really pretty and worth the extra effort to fix it. If there's anyone who can whip a knitted sweater into submission, it's you :)

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  22. You've inspired me that I must be brave enough to frog the poncho from hell - so many hours spent on it and it is just an enormous unflattering tent...

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  23. Kristen, do remember those beautify color combos, but now that the unraveling is done. Bravo.

    I've just done a bit of my own unravelling and am well slong with the resorted colorway and stitching pattern.

    Part of the beauty of knitting is knowing that we can experiment and undo the experiment and try and try again.

    xo

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