• When Knitting Doesn’t Work

    My First Knitting Pattern

    Let’s face it, we’ve all had problems with knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning, dyeing, or some other sort of craftsy thing like cooking or painting.  The majority of my readers are probably fiber crafters, though, so I don’t know why I’m diverging so much from the fiber crafts.  Also, can you tell this blog is very stream of consciousness?  Well, it is often enough at least.

    Moving on, we’ve all had problems with fiber arts, in my case mostly knitting and knitwear design.  What do you do when that happens?  Me, I usually try to weather the mistake, to fake it and fix it later in some cases, or to otherwise adjust what I’m doing, like if I’m cabling in the round and getting horrible laddering I’ll make the stitches around the ladder extra tight to try to accommodate it.

    Things don’t always work out so smoothly, though, and often I find I’m not only having to rip back but to tweak a design or scrap it entirely.  Usually the latter doesn’t happen because I’m working with something with which I’m pretty comfortable.  The more I move outside my comfort zone, however, the more often it happens.  I’m not very fond of it, but how else would I learn, right?  Honestly, ripping back, reimagining, tackling from a different perspective, these are all natural parts of knitting.  I feel like a lot of knitters are constantly trying to learn and improve their craft, and the best way to do that is generally to make mistakes, figure out the mistakes, and correct the mistakes/figure out how to stop making those mistakes.  I learn so much more from mistakes than I do anywhere else, which I guess is why a lot of my design style is trial and error.

    NASA has the capability to mathematically calculate almost everything they want to do, but they often decide to run simulations instead.  Why?  Because it’s not only quicker but more accurate, and it allows them to push ahead and innovate in ways that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.  So, there you go, knitters are like rocket scientists.  Now go tell that to everyone you know, because guess what, you’re awesome.

    Now it’s time for me to figure out how to undo this knitting pickle I’ve gotten myself into…


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