I cast on and started the hatband for the new baby pattern sample (brighter colors) on Monday evening after Pilates. You might recall that I was using dpns as my needles. Well, that didn’t work out. My gauge wasn’t right because the dpns have a slightly larger circumference than the circulars I had used before. Plus, I found a typo in the pattern that changed things. So I ripped back last night and started again.
Progress is good. This is what I got done in maybe an hour and a half. I forget to keep track of time, and my watch has been broken so I have no quick reference. This is great knitting because once you see the progression of what you do you never have to look at the pattern. Perfect evening or on-the-go knitting.
Other knitting resulted in a finished swatch of the Lace pattern in the Brushed Mohair from Be Sweet. It is now blocked and I’ve resolved (in my head) the one pattern issue I had left, so I can finish writing the pattern. When I took gauge, it wasn’t quite right–close, but not close enough. Since starting this post, I’ve reknit stockinette and lace swatches on a smaller needle.
I report these missteps because assumptions are often made that my knitting is “perfect” and that I never have to rip. Au contraire! I am a frequent visitor to the frog pond! It just doesn’t feel like a waste of time to me. Because I am knitting. Which is what I want to do, right? So although I’m not ever really happy that I have to redo something, because it slows me down and I love forward momentum, but still, I am knitting. And ultimately, it has to be done. Because I want you to have a good knitting experience when you pick up your needles. Or at least I want to have done my part in making it a good experience.