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Silver
07-26-2005, 06:09 PM
Just for fun...

Yes, we all make mistakes in our knitting at some time or another. But how do you handle them?

Ingrid
07-26-2005, 06:12 PM
Every time I start a project, I tell myself that THIS one is going to be perfect. That I will fix every mistake, no matter how minor or unnoticeable. HAH!

I fix what can be fixed easily, and leave what's not noticeable. Except to me.

amp926
07-26-2005, 06:26 PM
The only time I left a mistake in a FO was one that was going to be felted and everyone on this forum promised me that I would not be able to notice it after felting, and they were right!

MaggieL
07-26-2005, 06:35 PM
I can't stand when I know something is not right. I have to fix it. :blush:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-26-2005, 08:16 PM
me too! that's why i never finish anything big... i wish I could have voted "frog it 3 times then abandon it" I know that if there's a booboo I won't be able to wear it without KNOWING that it's there, so I always have to fix it... I don't, however, frog stufff that's going to be felted... it won't show up anyway.

suziehomemaker
07-26-2005, 08:19 PM
If it's for someone else and you can't tell (at least a non-knitter can't tell) then I leave it. If it's for me, I'll frog it until it's right. It would just bug me for eternity if I didn't.

wildforyarn
07-26-2005, 08:21 PM
I always have to fix it. That is, if I notice it while working on it. Sometimes, in my new projects, I did not notice until I was done, like a twisted stitch or whatever. My very first project I had major errors on and did not fix them.... well, I thought they were major, my sister did not notice.... anyway, everytime I see that scarf I get irritated inside. So, now, I have to undo or frog my mistake. Now, I need to learn how to unknit so I don't just rrrrriiiiippppp and then thread the needle back through the loops because that is a major PITA! :evil:

beldaraan
07-27-2005, 01:25 AM
I have a mistake in my son's sock right now and I am going to take it to my lys lady. I'm scared that it's going to be a long ladder to fix it, but it will be something else that I will know for future occurances.

Making mistakes is a learning process for me, so I won't allow it to remain.

MaryS
07-27-2005, 08:12 AM
I usually HAVE to fix it - the perfectionist (in training) in me coming out.

Sometimes I can talk myself into calling it a "design element". On the sweater I'm doing right now I noticed on the LAST row of the ribbing that I'd been knitting the whole ribbing for the first sleeve with one size 3 (correct) and one size 5 needle - didn't want to frog the whole thing so just made a note to do the second sleeve (which I finished last night) exactly the same way. Noone will ever know!

Same sleeve, miscrossed cable in a chain cable - VERY noticable - HAD to ladder down and fix that.

I'm a fanatic about making notes of anything I change in a pattern and always make a tally sheet for row counts on anything that has a matching piece such as sleeves, front and backs of sweaters etc. That way I know that I had to do 108 rows before the armhole bind off on the front and not end up with 106 or 110 to the same measurement for the back. NOTHING worse than seaming a sweater and having the front and back not be even!!

I figure since I'm human there's probably an 'eerror' somewhere that I DIDN'T notice, but since only God is perfect that's OK.

And I still learn something with every new project.

HAPPY KNITTNG - (with occasional frogging)

Mary

meknitter
07-27-2005, 08:51 AM
Clever fix on the ribbing, Mary!

I have to fix the mistake. I once tried to 'let it go' and after several more inches of knitting, I couldn't stand it and out it all came anyway. I felt much better with the mistake fixed.

rebecca
07-27-2005, 11:19 AM
Generally speaking...I HAVE to fix it; without a doubt...BUT; If I discover a small booboo at the beginning of a large project that is not going to be noticeable to the recipient; I'll let it go....it still will drive my crazy :wall: ...but I'll let go as is. So, my vote was null. But that's okay, because I AM MY :heart: FAVORITE YARN....MERINO :D

perced
07-27-2005, 12:34 PM
over the years I have unlearned that I & the things I do need to be perfect. I am still learning, but am much happier.

cheesiesmom
07-27-2005, 02:24 PM
over the years I have unlearned that I & the things I do need to be perfect. I am still learning, but am much happier.

Great philosophy. It does make one happier knowing you've done the best possible job. No sleepless nights, ripping up the sheets doing the woulda, shoulda, coulda.

Sounds like everyone corrects with great skill, so, can you tell me how you correct/pickup/frog etc when you're doing open work, i.e., lace with lots of yo's, k2tog, psso's?

I redid an afghan a half dozen times before throwing in the towel 'cause I just couldn't figure out how to correct the mistakes. I'd end up with a big strand of yarn hanging out in the wind and not knowing what to do with it.

I bought a bunch of Alpaca Cloud and a couple of lace scarf patterns from Knitpicks today hoping I could make them for Xmas. That might of have been a mistake, or maybe I could start on gifts for December 2007.

Silver
07-27-2005, 02:44 PM
I guess I didn't even need to add those other choices, eh? LOL

I generally have to fix mistakes. Maybe I'm just a perfectionist, but I do it because I love to have a perfect finished item. Most of the time, it just involvs unknitting a row or two, or laddering down.

However, if I don't catch a mistake, and don't see it until it's all finished, if it's nothing major, I will pretend it's not there.

One exception to that though... on my Aran Afghan, after I was finished with a square I noticed I had twisted a cable the wrong way. I really didn't want to leave it, nor did I want to frog the whole square. So I corrected it by adding 4 duplicate stitches over the error. I had never corrected a mistake like that before, and was surprised that it turned out really well. It was neato! :mrgreen:

dustinac
07-27-2005, 04:58 PM
I want to fix the mistakes.. it drives me crazy if I don't and being a begineer I have lots.. but like my daughters Afghan when I got to a row in the 100s I noticed on one of my first few rows there was a HOLE oh my stars I called my mom late and got Dh all roused up cause I had a HOLE he told me to work on my OCD and leave it... so I am... I made a flower to put over it but I still know its there and it still drives me crazy.... since he wouldn't let me fix the hole I had to go re-organize my bath towels... :rollseyes:

brendajos
07-27-2005, 05:04 PM
I want to fix the mistakes.. it drives me crazy if I don't and being a begineer I have lots.. but like my daughters Afghan when I got to a row in the 100s I noticed on one of my first few rows there was a HOLE oh my stars I called my mom late and got Dh all roused up cause I had a HOLE he told me to work on my OCD and leave it... so I am... I made a flower to put over it but I still know its there and it still drives me crazy.... since he wouldn't let me fix the hole I had to go re-organize my bath towels... :rollseyes:


lmao...dustina i just remembered why i think you are great :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

kitkat
07-27-2005, 05:14 PM
I put "eat chocolate, cry and take up bowling" but that isnt what I really do. First of all I try to fix it myself. If that doesnt work, I then pout and fuss.....and try again.....constantly reminding myself that they will fix it for me at LYS if need be.....I no longer do what I initially did which was to rip it all out in frustration and start over :XX:

perced
07-27-2005, 11:30 PM
over the years I have unlearned that I & the things I do need to be perfect. I am still learning, but am much happier.

Great philosophy. It does make one happier knowing you've done the best possible job. No sleepless nights, ripping up the sheets doing the woulda, shoulda, coulda.

Sounds like everyone corrects with great skill, so, can you tell me how you correct/pickup/frog etc when you're doing open work, i.e., lace with lots of yo's, k2tog, psso's?

Once you except not everything you do needs to be perfect you no longer think about or have sleepless nights.

In lacework I use a saftey-line (stitch holder) in a contrasting color every or everyother pattern repeat. That way it is not a big deal to rip & repeat.

cheesiesmom
07-28-2005, 10:20 AM
Perced wrote
In lacework I use a saftey-line (stitch holder) in a contrasting color every or everyother pattern repeat. That way it is not a big deal to rip & repeat.



Oh excellent idea! I hope to get these scarves done this year. If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.

punkhippiemom
07-28-2005, 11:07 AM
on one of my first few rows there was a HOLE oh my stars I called my mom late and got Dh all roused up cause I had a HOLE he told me to work on my OCD and leave it... so I am... I made a flower to put over it but I still know its there and it still drives me crazy.... since he wouldn't let me fix the hole I had to go re-organize my bath towels...
:roflhard: ...Go work on your OCD...
:roflhard: reorganize the bath towels...

Oh you are so funny....
It's strange, usually I'm like that, too - if DH folds laundry, I refold it before I put it in the drawers, if he loads the dishwasher I have to do it over for him the right way (he does not use the space effectively!!!!), I cringe watching the children color because it's nowhere near in the lines... but with knitting(and crocheting too) I hardly ever use a pattern, and if something's not working out the way it's supposed to be, I either work with it and do something completely different ( I learned how to seed stitch by accidentally casting on an uneven number of rows that I intended to work in ribbing) or scrap it and try again. It's pretty rare that I frog it, tho. I can usually make it work. Half the time I cast on having no clue what I even want to make...I just feel like making something.

Tessa
07-28-2005, 11:32 AM
Mistakes that are very obvious really do irk me, but I'm not always sure how to fix them after I've bound off. I don't know how to frog.

kitkat
07-28-2005, 12:34 PM
oh yeah I ROCK! I made a boo boo in my noro kureyon class sweater....and at first could NOT fix it....so I called LYS in a tizzy to see if I could run in and get help...no help until today....so I went under the light and analyzed it and fixed all by myselfses!!!!! I was so proud! My kids were like "you are so not right" LOL.

dustinac
07-28-2005, 03:16 PM
OH MY PunkHippieMom this is sooooo me... My 4yr old doesn't like to paint or get his playdoh ?sp out around me cause I"m like nooo don't mix your colors!!!


"It's strange, usually I'm like that, too - if DH folds laundry, I refold it before I put it in the drawers, if he loads the dishwasher I have to do it over for him the right way (he does not use the space effectively!!!!), I cringe watching the children color because it's nowhere near in the lines"



Brendajosos Ya mean ya doubted my greatness for a bit??? :lol:

brendajos
07-28-2005, 03:40 PM
lol...my parents use to tell me to color inside the lines and i could NOT for the life of me figure out what they were talking about. i kept insisting that i WAS coloring inside the lines and they kept telling me to color inside the lines. Of course now i realize that they didn't see the lines the same way i did...lol. I thought the lines were the page itself and that they were saying i was coloring on the table or floor where i was sitting...lol.

They must have really thought i was special :rollseyes:

punkhippiemom
07-28-2005, 08:57 PM
OH MY PunkHippieMom this is sooooo me... My 4yr old doesn't like to paint or get his playdoh ?sp out around me cause I"m like nooo don't mix your colors!!!


:oops: Uh... I didn't let them play with playdoh at all because we had beige wall2wall carpet... I already had grape and strawberry flavored stains, I didn't want any day-glo orange and pink... :oops: but this is our carpet now, don't mind if they get playdoh on it! (not like it would show up, right?)

I need to "mother" a little bit more like I knit... poor kids... :rollseyes:

cheesiesmom
07-29-2005, 09:23 AM
punkhippiemom said:

Uh... I didn't let them play with playdoh at all because we had beige wall2wall carpet... I already had grape and strawberry flavored stains, I didn't want any day-glo orange and pink... but this is our carpet now, don't mind if they get playdoh on it! (not like it would show up, right?)



Many moons ago when my son was little (he's 29), I had a book called "Feed Me, I'm Yours." It had a recipe for homemade playdoh (salt, oil, food coloring cooked together) which was great. It didn't dry rock hard and cleaned up a lot easier that the "real thing" We always had fun making fresh playdoh and making it any color he wanted.

punkhippiemom
07-29-2005, 12:04 PM
I think I've seen recipes for that before - that might be something to try... getting Playdoh out of the carpet is like getting gum out of hair - there's only one way to do it!

snephenie
07-29-2005, 02:56 PM
Rebecca-

I think the recipe is 1c flour, 1c Salt, 1c Water, 2tbsp Oil, 1tsp Cream of tarter, food coloring.

Mix all in a pot on low, stirring with wooden spoon.

I LOVE This recipe as do my kids and its easy to get out of carpet with a little bit of water. (trust me I know)