Mon 19 Aug 2013
So many people who come into the store “ooh” and “aah” over the handknits we have on display and bemoan the fact that they could never do what we do. Or they come in to sheepishly ask for our help with some dropped stitch or pattern mistake and they are amazed by our fearlessness when it comes to ripping out or our ability to fix things without ripping. There is a reason for all this fearlessness and all those clever fixing techniques: it’s because we’ve made so many d@#n mistakes in our own knitting over the years we’ve fixed just about every mistake there is to make. Case in point: I am now knitting a Bergere sweater in advance for the class I’m giving in said sweater. For the amount of ripping I’ve done over this sweater I could have yarn bombed the Brooklyn Bridge. It is not that it is a particularly difficult pattern. In fact, it is precisely because it is not difficult that I am making all these stupid mistakes. In the beginning I forgot to switch to the bigger needles after doing the ribbing. Rip out 2 inches. Oops, didn’t remember that part about those increases. Rip out 3 inches. Knitted a little too mindlessly and the sweater armholes looked like they could have accommodated Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime. Rip out several more inches. And just last night I noticed that most elementary of mistakes: I had picked up my knitting and gone in the wrong direction. Rip, rip, rip. Now, I could blame all these mistakes on my being distracted by my son’s imminent departure for college or the fact that my daughter is trying out for the high school soccer team, but the truth of the matter is that we all make stupid mistakes. The trick is not to be frustrated by them. At least, not to be so frustrated that we put down the project or (*gasp*) stop knitting altogether. So take heart, struggling knitters! We have all been there.
(P.S. Feel free to post your stupid mistakes below. I makes us all feel like we are not alone!)