I have a knitting rule.... TWO mistakes (one can be a nagging 'problem'...like, I'm not sure of color combinations, gauge might be a teeny bit off, something just doesn't feel right) and I rip it out. No questions. No debate. No delay. RipIT RipIT RipIT
Then why, if there is only ONE mistake or 'problem', do I continue knitting while I fret about it?
- Sometimes I will knit on something for days, knowing deep down that the project is doomed.
- Sometimes the knit goes into hibernation for months while I secretly hope that the knitting gnomes will come and fix the goof up. (Don't laugh. They apparently actually came once-----one time I resurrected a sweater that had spent years in time-out. I couldn't figure out what had sent it there, so I finished it, and it's become one of my favorites. Banishment to indefinite time-out is a tactic I now use rather frequently.)
- Sometimes I'll continue on until I make (or discover!) that second mistake....and POOF!!! those stitches will come flying off the needles.
My shwook wasn't making me happy. I find color placement with fair isle difficult. I was fine with my color choices (I've seen many more beautiful combinations, but I'm working with what I have), but their placement in the design seemed to lose the design entirely. This is most likely going to be a 'walk-the-dog' hat, and believe me, Freddy will never notice a misplaced color or two. Even though I decided the color placement was a bit wonky while working chart #1, I merrily knit on through the whole of chart #2.....finally checking back with the pattern only to discover that I had failed to knit the plain rows between charts.
I frogged that thing faster than a frog leaps.....
So fast, I didn't even THINK to grab my camera. I was so relieved to have a real reason to rip it out.
Better? I don't know. Maybe it's too yellow now. I guess I'll knit a little more.