View Poll Results: How do you handle mistakes?
Mistake? What mistake? I'm in total denial. 1 1.89%
Untolerable. I will ladder down, unknit, or frog as needed. If I don't fix it, it will bug me forever. 22 41.51%
If it's not noticable, I forget about it. Only I'll ever know it's there. 28 52.83%
I get frustrated and start a different project. 0 0%
Eat chocolate, cry, and take up bowling instead. 1 1.89%
I really don't make mistakes. No.. REALLY! I'm a knitting champ! 0 0%
I'm a weirdo. I do something different which I'll explain below. 1 1.89%
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Old 07-26-2005, 06:09 PM   #1
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How do you handle mistakes?
Just for fun...

Yes, we all make mistakes in our knitting at some time or another. But how do you handle them?
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Old 07-26-2005, 06:12 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 07-26-2005, 06:26 PM   #3
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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!
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Old 07-26-2005, 06:35 PM   #4
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I can't stand when I know something is not right. I have to fix it.
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Old 07-26-2005, 08:16 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 07-26-2005, 08:19 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 07-26-2005, 08:21 PM   #7
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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!
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Old 07-27-2005, 01:25 AM   #8
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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.
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Old 07-27-2005, 08:12 AM   #9
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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)

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Old 07-27-2005, 08:51 AM   #10
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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.
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