Friday, June 20, 2008


I was just cruising along on the Moderne baby blanket, absolutely determined to hit the finish line this weekend. Sometimes, in a rush to complete a project, you consciously or unconsciously overlook things that are less than quality. "Oh, I can block that into shape. It won't be a problem." You know what they say about denial.

It's just that, after nearly 3 inches of this crap, I couldn't let it go any longer. No amount of squishing, stretching or looking at it sideways would change the facts. The stitches had to be undone. Thankfully, I had a willing helper.

Tangled Up In Pink
"Let's see what happens when I grab this..." - Nikita
Seeing his antics as I ripped out my early morning work made the undo much less painful. I'd rather lose a couple of hours work than hand over a gift, knowing that it was less than my best.

By the way, I was only 4 inches from finishing the blanket.

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Blogger Bonnie said...

I'm so sorry. But I too would have ripped back.

Last night I found a mistake in a lace doily I am making for my mother. I had to rip back 12 rounds. Considering it's in the round and every other round grows by 6 stitches, it was actually quite a bit of knitting.

:-( But it had to be done.

Life goes on!!!

6/20/2008 07:58:00 AM  
Blogger The Ninja Knitter said...

Seriously, good for you. I often wish that I was more meticulous in my crafting. But then I get distracted by someone throwing cookies into my hair and I forget all about that noble impulse. Btw, LOVE the colours that you're using for the blanket.

6/20/2008 08:14:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Ouch! But good for you. I had to do that last weekend and the project and I are still on time out.

6/20/2008 08:15:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

That sinking feeling you get when you realize that you have to rip is just awful - especially when you are close to the end. I had to do that a week ago on a shawl for Afghans for Afghans - I was nearly 4 feet into an 8 foot shawl and decided it just was not working. RATS! But you gotta do it - so I feel your pain. But it looks like Nikita had a good time! Cody and Cowboy say Meow!

6/20/2008 11:51:00 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Another plus is that the 1824 cotton is such a nice yarn to crochet!

I often "move on" from mistakes in my work if it's for me. But a gift, ooh, I couldn't stand the thought of giving away a flaw that I could have easily fixed.

6/20/2008 12:10:00 PM  
Blogger Monika said...

It's a sad thing, ripping out, but you did the right thing!

6/20/2008 12:47:00 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

But it's the right thing to do...

6/20/2008 02:50:00 PM  
Blogger monica said...

Ugh! I feel your pain. You did whip that up really quickly though so you're probably done by now right?

6/21/2008 12:07:00 AM  
Blogger noblinknits said...

No point messing up a lovely blanket right near the end. Having a cat to help does look fun.

6/21/2008 05:12:00 AM  
Blogger lv2knit said...

"I'd rather lose a couple of hours work than hand over a gift, knowing that it was less than my best." So twoo!

6/21/2008 07:31:00 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

Leave it to a kitty to put a smile on your face when you're in a dire situation. I'm so sorry you had to be in that situation in the first place. *hugs*

6/22/2008 01:47:00 PM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

Darn it all, too bad you had to rip, but you have to do what is right for you.

6/23/2008 09:38:00 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I'm glad you did it! You'll be much happier in the end. By the way, that blanket is gorgeous!

6/25/2008 07:56:00 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

It hurts to rip, but having a FO that you are really pleased with is worth it. Glad you had such a good helper. He looks very intent on doing his job well.

6/25/2008 06:29:00 PM  
Anonymous meg said...

Aaaw, kitty-paws! He wants to try, to ;-)

6/27/2008 11:17:00 AM  

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