I frogged Annis yesterday. It was not painful at all. I actually would rather frog and re-knit it into the best Annis it can be, than leave it as is. That is a mistake I often see newbies make, and one I made myself as a new knitter. It took an experienced knitter to point out to me, why settle. Why not take charge of my knitting and make it the best I could. Making do would please no one but the imp inside, who threw a fit because she didn’t want to frog all that knitting.
In the last 2 years I have had two failures at following this rule. One I gave to a friend who loved the shawl that I couldn’t stand. The other is a toddler sweater with a too small v-neck. In both cases I just didn’t care enough to rip and restart. I just wanted them off my needles. Maybe some day I will find a small headed toddler who will fit the sweater.
Deadlines. I hate em. That’s why I do not do test knitting or submit more of my original creations. I hate having to produce something on someone’s schedule. Then why do I make deadlines for myself by deciding to knit items for events that are finite? Like baby arrivals, birthday presents, etc. And my decision to make 12 shawls, one a month, this year. Which is seriously lagging. I was so rushing to finish Annis to get my shawl count up that I was ignoring the issues I was having with it. With the ripping of this shawl I have re-learned something I had forgotten. Enjoy your knitting. Don’t wish it away. Don’t set unnecessary deadlines. When it becomes a job you lose all the joy. It seems I lose this thought now and then. Here’s to keeping it in mind from here on out.
I think one of the things that has pushed this out of my mind lately is the desire to knit it all right now. I have so many wants and need to’s that I am drowning with no time and all the desire. So I have to step back and think. Not every baby needs a sweater right this minute! I won’t disappoint anyone if I don’t make 12 shawls in 12 months. I can still make the shawls for myself in 2012.
And, if I would just stop buying yarn maybe I wouldn’t have this rush to knit it all!!! How can I knit it up if I don’t stop buying it. And about that. 3 more skeins purchased today. But for a good cause. Another baby sweater, of course. My millionth version of Sirdar 1646 Bolero. And for the first time I will actually use DK yarn instead of subbing in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, my fav baby yarn! I am out of red and can’t make a Christmas sweater for Sophia if I don’t have red! Just hope it’s a good red.
OK, this post has been too long. Here is a shot of the One A Day progress on Shadow Shawl. And then I am out of here.