Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Ripping back....

Drops Cleo

After putting my Stash-busting blanket into hibernation for the next while, I brought my Cleo back out of hiding to continue. The thing I find with getting older is that if I don't make a note of where I am at in my projects, and leave them on their own for a while, I come back to the project in a state of wild confusion!

Needless to say it was no different with this project which I thought I would remember (I couldn't even remember which size I was knitting :O) and ended up counting the stitches to roughly remember which size I was at!

Another shock was that when I had finally started where I left off, I realized that I was knitting the pattern completely wrong! I guess I could have continued knitting the pattern the way I was as it didn't look too bad, but I knew that if I continued I would not wear the finished garment and so I had no other option than to rip back!

So the progress went something like this:

drops cleo 141-18

I must admit that I feel much better having ripped back as I can now look at the project without that horrible niggling feeling that something is not quite right!

If you notice in the before image, the top pattern was almost a criss-cross like piece.

The correct pattern looks like this:

cleo drops baby silk

I think it is really pretty and am glad I redid it, imagine if I had left it, got to the sleeves and wondered why my sleeves looked nothing like the body - no, let us not even go there!! :)

Have you ever ripped back and felt peace instead of frustration? 
I would love to hear all the gory stories :)

Talking of peace, I am taking part in the 21-Day Meditation Challenge taking place at the moment with Oprah and Deepak.
Today is day 3 and I am thoroughly enjoying the meditations thus far. I must tell you that I have fallen out of the routine of meditating each day so it is feeling great getting back into it.

Are you taking part?
How are you finding the experience?

Reading wise: I am still reading the book "Liberty Tree" which I have received to review. It is so unlike a book that I would usually buy and yet I am thoroughly enjoying this title thus far. I am hoping to be finished soon and then I will tell you all about it.

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21 comments:

  1. I hate ripping back, but rather than ignoring mistakes to avoid frogging I ask if the mistake is something I can live with. I know that as painful as it is, I will love the object so much more when it's done right. There is a certain freeing feeling that comes from erasing horrible mistakes.

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    1. Hi Kymberly,
      I couldn't agree more :) My issue at the moment is that I always seem to make these mistakes on my garments, the rest of the family seems to get their stuff finished without too much hassle, but my goodies have to be ripped back, a little frustrating but I guess it is because I pay more attention on pieces that aren't made for me!

      Thanks so much for visiting.
      x

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  2. I don't typically like ripping back - mainly because it is usually a case of my kids finding my knitting and deciding to help me a bit. But, I am sure it is satisfying to know you have the pattern figured out correctly! And if you weren't going to wear it doing the pattern the wrong way, it obviously makes sense to rip rip rip! Don't want to put in all that effort for nothing :-)

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    1. Hi Heather,
      Me neither, but I guess the patience of ripping back and starting again is coming with age, when I was younger I would have readily taken a pair of scissors to my work instead of ripping it out and redoing - it is rather wonderful how experience and age can do that for you ;)
      Thanks for visiting.
      x

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  3. The pattern looks amazing. That must be quite a bummer to rip it back like that, you are very patient, but I am sure it will be lovely.

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    1. Hi fjord girl,
      Thank you kindly, I hope it will turn out as I envisage it to, time will tell :)
      Thanks so much for visiting.
      x

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  4. That sweater is going to be gorgeous (I may have added it to my own queue...) and worth the ripping back in my opinion. I always fix mistakes that I catch, either by ripping back or dropping down to fix. I would always see that mistake whenever the item was worn, so I know that I have to rip back if I'm going to ultimately be happy with the finished item. My mom teases me about being a perfectionist, but I think it's better to take care of it to ensure my happiness with the project rather than spend all that time and money on a project that screams "mistake!!!" at me.

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    1. Hi Erin,
      I so agree with you, I find that after a while I can't even look at projects with mistakes in them as I eventually just see that, and it makes me very frustrated and usually disappointed. Strange how I really don't mind other peoples mistakes and usually find them very hard to see if at all! - mine drive me crazy!
      Thanks for visiting, have a great rest of your day.
      x

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  5. I don't mind ripping back, but when it's lace or even DK weight I lose stiches. :(

    Following back from Blog train. :)

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    1. Hi Christie,
      Oh, I am awful when it comes to ripping back lace and generally just frog the whole thing because it takes me so long to try and figure out how the stitches were on the needle, was it a YO or wasn't it - no,no, that counts as frogging for me, you are very brave to rip those projects back :)
      Thanks so much for your visit
      x

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  6. I'm actually thinking about trying to fix my current project. Instead of "wyif sl1", I purled a stitch, and it's glaring at me. :(

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    1. Hi Sarah,
      Oh dear, I do feel for you, I would be sitting in the same predicament, good luck with that :)
      Thanks so much for visiting
      x

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  7. It take some nerve to rip back that far, but it looks awesome and it was the right decision. Yes, just imagine if you'd started the sleeves and they didn't match! It doesn't bear thinking about. Won't it be lovely to have it done? Looks like you're really motoring on it.

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    1. Hi Minding My Own Stitches,
      Thank you so much for visiting :)
      It may look like I am working hard on this project, but this is not so - the pattern lends itself to growth as it has lots of k2tog and YOs, so it is a kind of cheaty kinda project, suits me just fine! With size 3mm you need something that looks like it is getting somewhere so this does help :D
      Have a super rest of your day.
      x

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  8. I don't mind ripping back, especially if it's necessary. I've ripped out entire sweaters because I knew I wouldn't wear them. So I guess I like to rip out?? Crazy. Your reknitting looks fabulous and I bet you're happier now.

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    1. Hi Karen,
      Wow, whole jerseys - you are very brave!
      Thank you so much for your visit :)
      x

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  9. Me too, I am getting older and I forget about "things". I try to always make notes but sometimes I even forget this. I don't even notice that I have put a project aside and when I remember I have forgotten all about it. :-) So now, I have to crochet a few rows. Today is an awful day. So glad, it is almost over. ;-)

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    1. Hi Regula,
      Oh I am so glad I am not alone in this - I haven't got to the stage where I forget completely about a project but I guess that is coming!
      Yes, today has been almost like autumn again, such extremes, as of now we have dropped 13 degrees from Sunday!
      Keep warm, nice to have you back :)
      x

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  10. As much as it sometimes pains me to do it, I would rather rip back than know I had made a mistake and didn't correct it. It looks wonderful, cannot wait to see it finished.

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  11. I had to rip back several times whilst knitting the cables on my last project, it took ages but I knew I would not wear it if it looked wrong! Your knitting looks lovely :)

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  12. I'm not that old and I keep forgetting where I was in the pattern and things like this too, so don't worry. I started to make notes because otherwise it is just frustrating and I hate counting rows and stitches. As for ripping back I usually do that when I get size problems. And there is this cardigan for Michael that I have ripped back well nearly completely frogged and it still doesn't fit... Maybe I give it another try this autumn...

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