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Thursday, September 22, 2011

do over.

nantucket process
...this is really not the post I'd planned for today. I'd intended some sort of update on my knitting progress (since it's been three weeks - yikes - really? three weeks?? since my last one), perhaps combined with a few more thoughts on unrealistic deadlines. that was the plan I had yesterday morning.

I finished the silver crocus - blocked and drying at 8:30 a.m. - and then set off for class. with only my nantucket vest to knit. only that, you might ask? yep, long story short, the project that I thought I would push is now the #1 project I want to finish - so we can start another KAL for the holidays AND so I can feel a little bit better about starting another sweater (which I've committed to my classes next week). and if I really want to finish something, the best thing to do is knit it. really, that's probably the only thing to do!

so I was happily knitting along - thrilled to be on the first eyelet row - when I noticed it. a twist. nah, I'm sure I'm mistaken, it's not twisted. it can't be twisted. I checked it! I knitted a bit more. I checked again. it's twisted. aaarrrggghhhh.

I didn't stop to take a photo, I just ripped. and then thought really hard about casting back on again. really at this point, maybe I should just abandon the project. but kathie and penny talked me into starting again. they said - and I do agree - I'll love the finished piece, it'll be great for fall, it's fun to knit and was the only knitting I had with me.

so I claimed the do over. 306 stitches (double counted), joined in the round, being careful not to twist. I think I've checked it at least 30 times in the 20-ish rounds I've knit since then. good news - it's not twisted. the photo proves it! and now 36 hours later...I'm right back where I was yesterday morning - except for the twist of course!

...and two good things have resulted:
  • first, my students loved to see that "even mary" makes mistakes; I countered with "I'm not sure about something that you can work at for 30 years and still not master?"; they responded "nope, still makes me feel good" (I do have to say, they were very sympathetic...and only smiled a little)
  • second, I have recommitted to the project - and to finishing it before october. (I think it's a realistic goal :-)



Blogger Carole Knits said...

I've had that happen and it's discouraging, that's for sure. Good for you for taking the plunge and starting over!

Friday, 23 September, 2011  
Blogger Sara said...

Even I know a twist isn't good - knit on!

Friday, 23 September, 2011  
Blogger Kym said...

I hate it when that happens!

I was lucky at first, and I never had the twisted-stitches thing happen to me (and I was smug, too). Then. It did happen. I denied it for a few too many rows. Now -- I double and triple check (maybe even quadruple check) whenever I join anything in the round.

Glad you're pushing through! :-)

Friday, 23 September, 2011  
Blogger Honoré said...

I doubly applaud you for proceeding, considering the fact that you ripped out all those hours of work. Like your students, I am impressed and what better role model or lesson learned?

I think your sweater is going to be ever so lovely and great for Oct...looking fwd to seeing the finished product.

Friday, 23 September, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It won't take more than it gives back! That's my new mantra! You'll love the finished vest - it's really beautiful! - and you'll be proud you stuck with it! xo

Friday, 23 September, 2011  
Blogger Lydia said...

i love sara and katie's "non-knitter" comments of encouragement! i love that knitting allows for "do-overs", so many other things do not

Friday, 23 September, 2011  
Blogger Unknown said...

Grrr. This happened to me just yesterday. What makes it especially annoying is that it's never happened before. But I'm sure it'll probably happen again.

Friday, 23 September, 2011  
Blogger karen said...

I'm glad you've recommitted to the project. I say this as one who has recommitted 6 times to Cria. Sometimes it just happens that way.

Friday, 23 September, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That would be a huge goal for me, but for you, easy. I'm sure you will finish nantucket and probably cast on and knit half another sweater at the same time. PLUS, you will even eat and sleep. I aspire to be you when I grow up. Hugs.

Monday, 26 September, 2011  
Blogger kathy b said...

oops. SO sorry that happened to you. Good for you for picking up again.
love the color. very fall

Monday, 26 September, 2011  

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