on giving up on the project vs giving up on perfection
I can be fussy about my projects at times. I’m a chronic over-thinker – to the point I will procrastinate on fun stuff I am wanting to do because I’m overthinking it or worrying I’m not going to be able to pull it off the way I have it in my head. More than one WIP languishes in boxes or bags because I’ve hit a snag & I’ve put it away to sort it out another time, when I can work out a fix for whatever is bugging me.
My current project I feel at a bit of a stand still. I am knitting myself a cowl. It’s cute. I love the pattern (found on Craftsy*). I love the colours. I have gotten the hang of knit-one-below after a few YouTube videos and a second attempt at the start. I’m almost half way through, and I’m thinking of frogging it.
I first questioned it, around row four. After fastidiously checking and checking and checking before I joined in the round, and checking every row since for twists, some how, one magically appeared as I neared the end of my fourth round. But I let myself get talked into keeping it, because it’s a long cowl, and the way I would wear it the twist wouldn’t be noticeable.
But. It’s becoming more pronounced (and yes, I had a little helper in the studio while I was photographing!). I kept pushing on. It’s pleasant, sitting of an evening, with all the small people in bed, chatting to the mister, and knitting away. Something as small as a twist, in something that would be worn twisted anyway, isn’t a big drama. Right?
A row or two later, it became more obvious that I’d miscounted somewhere, and in sections, my “v”s were lining up instead of alternating.
(and then when I took the photos for this post, I noticed a little part where I’d flicked in some purling instead of knitting). Can you see on the bottom left & top right, where the pattern is stacking vertically, instead of alternating & filling the gaps like in the top right? Then on Sunday night I came across a couple of dropped stitches. One I tried to rectify, but the k1b stitches made it tricky to hook the dropped loops correctly into place.
The only thing really stopping me from frogging it is the numerous colour changes, and my concern that I would end up running out of yarn on the rows where I used pre-cut yarn. It is so soft & pretty, I really don’t want to have to give it up. But the flaws are mounting. I’m not sure. If I pull it apart now, and the pre-cut pieces ARE too short, I wont have enough yarn to finish. I’m wondering if maybe pushing through, then, might be the option. If I might have to rebuy the yarn, where is the harm in continuing on, finishing & then deciding if I can live with the flaws – and if not, pull it apart then. 12 rows done. 10 to go. It’s a quick knit. On the other hand, my knitting time is precious. Dare I waste it on a doomed project? But then is it really wasted if it helps me get the k1b technique down pat…
Help me out, lovely readers, what would you do? Find redemption amidst the imperfections? Or cut your losses & start again?
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