The Sun Will Most Likely Still Rise

I’ve been clicking away on Clinquant by Lisa Mutch in the beautiful Northbound Knitting Merino/Silk DK in the Driftwood colorway. I’ve been lurking around the designs of Lisa Mutch for a few years now and earlier this year when I discovered she is a dyer, too, I started all-out fan-girling on her (Sorry, Lisa). In any case, I saw Clinquant and had to knit it.

IMG_6481Big and squishy and cozy and in the slatey blue-grey-brown of Diftwood, it is one of the most enjoyable shawls I’ve ever knit. I have flown through two-thirds of this project in near record time just because the yarn is so beautiful to handle and the knitting is just so incredibly relaxing. I was leery of the ‘ol garter stitch shawl scenario because usually I get bored, but I must say I am completely sold on this pattern. It is a joy. Pure and simple.

There is always a hitch though, isn’t there? Last night as I clicked away at the campfire…

IMG_6495I couldn’t help but notice that the openwork row just didn’t look quite right. I kept going for 10rows — until the next openwork section was due to begin. Then I counted my stitches. And my stitch count was way off. And when I say ‘way off’ I mean way off. Like twice as many stitches as I was supposed to have off.

Whoops.

It turned out that where the instruction read ‘dropping all yarnovers from previous row’… well, I had only dropped one of each of the two yarnovers.

Whoops.

Out the extra zillion stitches came and I clumsily rewrapped my yarn onto the ball.

Something weird happened though that I barely noticed at the time: I didn’t really care. I mean I cared that I made a mistake and I knew I had to go back and fix it, but it didn’t bother me. Would I have been happier if I didn’t have to rip that whole section out? Well, yes, but I was pretty at peace with the error. After all, it was 100% my fault and there really wasn’t anything I could do except fix it. Getting cranky wouldn’t help at all, so without a word or sigh I had ripped back and gotten right back to it. And I didn’t really think twice about it.

This morning my son started a new novel study — My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George and while reading the first couple chapters & clicking away on my Clinquant, I neared the spot from which I had turned back in my knitting last night and came across this sentence that describes how the protagonist feels after a particularly rough night camping alone with no fire & an empty belly in the forest,

“Fortunately, the sun has a glorious habit of rising every morning.”

And this single sentence brought the reaction I’d had to the mistake I’d made the night before into a new light. Hand-in-hand with the new & improved more peaceful knitting philosophy I spoke about in my last post, apparently goes this very accepting view of when things go wrong. I remember when these setbacks would really get to me and make me so distraught. Now though, doing what I love at my own pace, it’s not really that big of a deal. It’s just part of the process now and then. The yarn is still beautiful. The pattern is still lovely. No amount of frustration will change the fact that I made a mistake. I will either fix it or I won’t. And the sun will most likely still rise in the morning.

So here I am about 16 hours after I ripped a zillion stitches out… IMG_6496And this project is still beautiful — even better now that I’ve fixed the error. As predicted, the yarn is still divine, the pattern is still a load of fun, and the sun rose this morning. And now it’s Friday afternoon and school is over and I think it’s time for a little more knitting. Hopefully it will be mistake-free, but if it isn’t… well, that’s ok, too. I’ll love those stitches all the same.

11 responses to “The Sun Will Most Likely Still Rise

  1. Wow, her pattern shop is divine! I will have to queue something (all of them) soon. Gorgeous fiber, too. I finally convinced my son to read MSOTM this summer (with bribery, sigh) and just one chapter in he fell in love, told me afterwards how glad he was I pushed him to read it. He loves the Hatchet books, too. I think our pen pals will work out alright. I need to email you back! Have a wonderful weekend, Sarah.

    • Check out ‘Slain’ – it’s a beautiful 3color shawl and there’s coupon code for 50% off of it. 😉 My boy read a couple of the Hatchet books for school last year I think and just asked to read more. He just finished The Sign of the Beaver and LOVED it. If yours hasn’t gotten to it, add it to the list!

  2. I once had a knitting teacher who said “are you knitting to finish it or knitting because you like to knit? If you are knitting because you like to, what difference does it make if you have to rip it out? It just means you get to knit some more” Now, I think that this can be taken too far, but it sounds like in your case, it applies, and you get to knit longer with what sounds like wonderful yarn. 🙂

  3. That wool is just so beautiful. A while back I also found myself at peace with ripping back, or even starting over. I used to be very bad at picking up stitches (still not perfect) and there was the fear of getting it wrong. I think it was Fleegle who said in her generic sock pattern “It’s not a swiss watch you are constructing, it’s a sock” – that helped a lot.

    • Exactly! Fixing (and hiding) things is pretty do-able in knitting. I will say, fixing mistakes and ripping are two issues I got over very quickly as a teacher. You just have to be able to help with students are struggling, so I am I pretty darn good at dealing with problems in my work — lol!

  4. That is a very good approach on many things. Sometimes I get all worked up for little things and I need a reminder that actually it is not a big deal. Thanks for reminding me today 🙂

    • Wow! That looks crazy involved! I suppose first I will have to keep my eyes open for a tree that produces acorns, lol! Not sure we’re up for quite such an elaborate project right now, but I will definitely bookmark it!

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