A Slice of Humble Pie
I admit, I was asking for it, really. A sweater knit with fingering weight yarn? But seriously, it’s the.perfect.sweater. I was powerless over it.
Cast on 582 stitches. gulp. ok. Join in round, being careful not to twist.
I promise, I thought I was really careful not to twist. I even knit flat for a while, then joining without twisting would be easier to see. I am really not sure how it happened, but I was happily knitting the giant BEHEMOTH shawl collar of the sweater in the car while Mark was driving yesterday. I think I even said ” I kinda like this part. This 1×1 ribbing part is kind of soothing. I don’t really have to think about it”. I decided to check my work one more time, you know, just the MAKE SURE I didn’t twist my stitches in the round, creating a mobius strip.
My heart starting beating faster. I had completed about 2″ inches of knitting. That’s a ton of knitting, at 582 stiches per round, probably 3-4 hours worth. This is where non-knitters, and even some knitters will deem me completely insane for even attempting a project like this.
I had to rip almost the entire piece out. I begged and pleaded with my knitting.
“PLEASE, knitting, can you magically untwist yourself and re-knit yourself! ” Could I somehow cut the seam, untwist, and sew back together? Any knitter who has made the same mistake knows the scary truth about twisting your stitches. There is NOTHING you can do when you twist your stitches in the round, aside for pulling it out and starting it over. UGGGGGHHHHH!
I was actually really proud how well I handled it. I felt the need to cry, and could see Mark getting anxious in the driver’s seat, just waiting for me to become unhinged. This isn’t the first time he’s seen me melt down over a knitting mistake. ha. far from it. That’s how I know he’s a keeper, because he has seen the meltdowns, and is still married to me, many, many meltdowns later. I let a few tears out, and blew my resulting sniffly nose, and pulled myself together, with nary a word of profanity.
I remind myself, how much I love knitting, and it is simply a chance to enjoy more hours of knitting, right? right? RIGHTTT???
I also reminded myself of something my hero, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee says. This might be para-phrasing her, but it goes something like this.
“It’s not that experienced knitters don’t make mistakes. It’s just that they make make BIGGER mistakes, and make them faster. ”
so, so, true Stephanie.