It’s only January 3rd, and I’m already frogging everything in sight! My Lenten Rose sock was so boring. It plagued me all day yesterday while I was at work. The minute I got home I ripped it out and began a new, improved one, even though I was almost to the toe decreases. Sensational Knitted Socks came to the rescue again — this is a five-stitch pattern, Yarn Over Cable. It’s fun to knit, and easy to remember. I like the way the yarn’s subtle shading works with the stitch’s texture.
I’m very pleased with myself for ripping it out right away, rather than going through all the stages of hand-wringing and tossing the offending knit into a corner for days/weeks/months before the final admission of dislike and defeat. It felt so good that I did the same thing to the beginning of the blue scarf. It was knitting up into a fabric I wasn’t fond of, even though I was getting gauge. Too dense for me, so I went up a needle size and I’m happier now, even after just a couple of inches.
If I have a knitting resolution for 2007, maybe it’s that I will learn to act on my instincts more than just sometimes. I know when a fabric isn’t working, or when a stitch isn’t just right, yet sometimes I leave things as they are, hoping for a miracle. The other day I re-skeined two sock projects, last night this latest one, and this morning it was the scarf. It felt right. I have a few more stale projects here somewhere. Once I reclaim their yarn, I’ll have a nearly-clean knitting slate, a good start to the year, and some really gorgeous yarn.