Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Sometimes It Happens...

Oh look! She's started the second Lorna's Laces sock!

But wait . . . doesn't that yarn coming off the needle look a little kinky? Like it's been ripped out or something?


I'm afraid it has. I was all the way to grafting the toes when I decided to try the sucker on. The leg was a little short, which I decided I could live with. But the toe was going to be a good 1-1/2 inches too short. Definitely can't live with that. But no sweat, right? I just ripped down to the start of the toe decreases and was ready to do a half-round of the lace pattern to get that extra one-and-a-half inches when . . . can you guess? That little demon started whispering in my ear. "Come on," it said. "You've already ripped out this much. You might as well go all the way back to before the heel and get another good round of lace on the leg. You know you won't be happy with it if you don't redo it."

And it's true. One of the hardest lessons I've learned with my knitting is that if I try to ignore a problem, even if it's an aesthetic one (or maybe especially if it's aesthetic), I'll make an even bigger mistake further down that will force me to rip the whole thing out anyway.

Life's too short to sweat it. It's all part of the process.

I should still be able to wear them this winter.

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