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Pour the wine, I am ripping out!

I have ripped out half of my cabled throw. Yes, it is true. There are definite blessings and curses that come with OCD (I like to think of it as being a perfectionist!). When things go well, the outcome is usually quite good, but when things don’t, nothing will stop us from getting things back to rights. This, in my case, typically means doing, redoing and doing things until I am satisfied. So, back to the throw. I created two left leaning lattices in a row. Minor to most, not noticeable to DH, but glaringly obvious to me and every time I looked at it, it seemed to grow!!! Freaky. Well, I do pride myself on my ability to fix errors in my work, but I have never done this with complex cables. I tried, and for all intents and purposes I did succeed. I probably should have left it at that, but the tension of the corrected area was very loose. In my eyes, it stuck out like a sore thumb. After much deliberation (not!) I marked the row where the troubles began and ripped, ripped and ripped. When all was said and done, I was happy at the chance to fix the tension but had a lap full of ripply tangled yarn! Being the odd duck that I am, I sat in front of the TV and while watching the Mets, untangled the equivalent of 260 yards of wool.
As of today, I can officially state that I am right back where I was before the ‘incident’. I don’t know… I realize that ripping back that far may seem extreme to some but I know there are others who would rather redo then have something that bugs them every time they look at it. In fact, in a recent post in ‘Knitting Daily’, Sandi Wiseheart (editor) broke the news that she would be ripping out the front of one of her latest projects. Oh I felt so validated! Hey, by our mistakes we learn. Not to mention that this is reason enough to have more than one project on the needles. Sometimes we need to recover with a simple sock or hat, no?
Tell me about your oops and make my day!
Be well.

One comment on “Pour the wine, I am ripping out!

  1. Frenchy says:

    My fantastic story involves not ripping, but literally throwing the entire project in the trash. It will be my last project with cheap yarn – it’s just not worth it to put time into something that won’t turn out nice no matter what.And watching the Mets recently has definitely made me want to rip stuff. Come on, play up to your potential!


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