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June 20, 2017



years ago there was a lovely sweater that I knit with the exact yarn, and I tried it on and realized a couple of mistakes. I looked in the mirror and gasped! I looked like the Michelin man, you know the one that is a cartoon for car wheels. I then asked my husband how I looked--he said I looked wonderful. I did not believe him. I took it to my knitting group and asked for an honest opinion. wrong design for my body type, gauge should have been a lot smaller, no ease, and yes I DID look like the Michelin man. I took off the sweater and someone asked what was I going to do, I replied I guess rip it out and do something else with the yarn. I went into the shop part to just look around and when I came back my sweater was in round balls. One of the ladies ripped out the entire sweater. I laughed, everyone else was kind of in shock.


Oh my, Patty! I bet the knitter who ripped it out for you must have known you well enough to know how you'd react. Imagine if you were not so easy going!


I'm quite happy to rip things out if they're not working. It's not really worth spending all those hours knitting if you're unhappy with the finished product. Sometimes I knit a hat over and over again till I get it right, or get the fit I want - it's all knitting time so it's still enjoyable.

I've heard it as: tinking = knitting backwards, when you undo a stitch manually, one by one.
Frogging = ripping = taking the work off those needles and pulling the yarn out.


Taking knitting apart or frogging knitting we have worked so long and hard on is not fun. I just went through the same thing.. it's not right.. I think it won't bug me... no it will and I won't wear it, I better frog it. Then of course it is easier once finally frogging the rows and starting to knit again. I usually don't even care if I have to knit it over again, it is the taking it apart that is hardest. Glad your hands are feeling better after the surgery!


You ticked off a lot of boxes for me Wendy with this post. Love your statement that young girls are not that fragile. As a preteen I had a battle axe for a sewing teacher and was especially sensitive at that age -- but I survived. And took up sewing later in life with enthusiasm. Your carpal tunnel story gives hope to many people I am sure. So glad that you are sharing it. And would love that you might re-boot your Jordan pattern. I lost my copy from years ago and this way I can purchase two for the price of one, in a way. I'm a big Euroflax fan (although I've only made one simple project so far )and don't understand the hurts-my-hand issue. We are all different, of course, but I think it's worth it to at least give it a try. The end product is so worth it. So glad to check your blog from time to time and see a new post.


Just saw that I am repeating myself from a previous comment. Gettin' old, what can I say. Just delete, delete. Thanks.

Loel Kim

Aha! I wondered why your blog was sort of quiet last time I checked (I admit it's been a while). I'm sorry to hear about your carpal tunnel and other busy-hands-health-woes, but mostly sad to hear that you had lost your love for knitting! That is heartbreaking to hear for another knitter. But I hear you on how much the pain Very, very glad you have good healthcare there, are getting better, and have regained the love. You are so talented and so funny, I just wanted to let you know that someone out there is happy to see you "back."


Mary Dyke

I am also happy to see you blogging again. So many times that I have had a problem with my knitting and you have written about that exact problem giving me guidance. I love it!



oh my my, thats a story of all the knitters like me..What matters for me is my satisfaction, when i am not satisfied, i will rip my item no matter if my partner likes the pattern. Thanks of sharing this blog post. I will be subscribing your blog for more posts like this

Angela Muonio

I love the process of knitting, so not too much bother for me to rip out and start. Except lace--I'd rather not do too much of that so I put in the regular life-lines. I think it's because lace requires so much attention that it just isn't fun to have to redo.
I did have the experience of not liking something halfway through, but because it was a test knit I forged ahead and figured I'd rip when done. Turned out I *loved* it when finished! Sometimes it isn't clear until done. :)

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