Sunday, August 20, 2006

The "Old Yeller" option (my sisters cure for big mistakes)

There are times where a piece of knitting must be extensively frogged back or ditched entirely because of terminal FUBAR. My sister recently referred to this as the "Old Yeller" option or her less politically correct comment of "Sometimes you just have to shoot the horse." Yes, we are mixing metaphors, but what the heck, it's my blog! I had started the Shetland Circular Shawl from "A Gathering of Lace" months ago and stopped. Why? Because there was his honking huge error that I found about 1/3 of the way down the almost finished shawl. Usually I just bite the bullet and rip, but I was trying to do the limbo and "fix" it. Needless to say, I couldn't repair it. So there it sat on the needles, moldering away until a midnight hot-flash had me up and ripping it. Sorry Old Yeller. These comments may be too harsh for all of the lace knitters out there, but this is a part of knitting. Some Homer Simpson mistakes may stay, the rest must go.

Sleep Deprived but Happier!


Opal said...

I think I know how you feel. I went through the same thing with the Frost Flowers and Leaves. Same book!

Jane said...

Dear opal,

Yeah. That book is really nice to look at but some of those patterns appear to have it in for me! I get a favorite pattern and go with it. The ones that annoy me just sort of languish!

Thanks for checking in!

alice said...

I've gotten really good at murdering tatting projects. Kind of hard to rip those back when things go wrong.... :)

Jane said...

Dear Alice,

I agree. It's really difficult to un-do tatting. I usually just snip off the offending mistake and try to re-attach a new thread/threads. I haven't been doing much tatting lately but some of the small bits I've made will end up in the crazy quilt project thing on my other site!