Yesterday I spent waaaay more time unknitting than knitting, which served as a reminder that in designing, sometimes you need to go backward in order to go forward. Even so, I was amazed at how long it took. I undid a long edge that had already been bound off, using a tubular cast off, which was much more time consuming than doing the bind off in the first place. What really helped was using my tapestry needle to help find the woven in ends and loosen bind off stitches as I went.
After a long time, I made it to the stockinette fabric. I had alternated skeins, so I needed to frog a couple of rows, then switch, and frog with the second skein. Whee. This also took way longer than I thought it would. But I got to where I needed to go, and knitted once more. Which I thought initially was going well, until I realized I was knitting the wrong pattern. Ha. So then I had to do some proper unknitting using my needles. Without twisting my stitches. Tricky. Yet again, I did get to where I needed to go. Third time lucky, everything seems okay now. But really, my shenanigans took the better part of a day and I was happy that I could work on my project out on the patio. Which kind of looks like this:
…except with piles of knitting all around me, which I bet you can imagine what that looks like.
And guess what I get to do today? We meet again, tubular bind off. I’ll be out there soon, concentrating very hard.
3 thoughts on “Unknitting”
How very frustrating. It feels like such a waste of time. Better to get it right though. Hope third time is lucky. xx
Yep, getting it right is key. My grandmother’s advice resonates: no one will ask how long it took to make when you get it right.
So very wise.