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On Perserverance
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On Perserverance

Even when things don’t go as planned – like doing the decreases incorrectly for over 4 inches! – and a looming self-imposed deadline of 12/31… PERSERVERE!

Perhaps I was too focused on the ultimate goal of just getting this sweater finished that I misread the instructions… My raglan decreases in Kris’s Olympic sweater were just not cutting it, and my stitch count was off.  While I think Kris could totally rock the off-the-shoulder pullover look, it may not be most fashion forward item for the workplace… and I want to have a great finished product that shows all the work that went in to it.

So close!

This is my “before the rip” photo – my stitch count was 50 or so stitches off, and there is no way to fix that… so on Christmas day, at my parents’ house, I just bit the bullet and did it.  On the photo above, you can see:   I ripped back to the purl ridge rows right above the main snowflake motif.

Luckily, I had some good time to fix my mistakes and catch up.  So, I spent the 27th and 28th catching up, and even surpassing.  Now, I started the neckline decreases, and I am only a few rows away from the turtleneck.  Wow, it feels good to be so close!  I really think it may happen before the new year rolls in!  *Fingers crossed*

Snowflake detail

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34 Responses

  1. LittleWit

    I will keep my fingers crossed for you. It’s pretty obvious that I will miss my New Year’s eve deadline by a mile for my WIPs. ;)

  2. Celestial

    Go go go!

  3. sophanne

    GO YOU!!!

  4. duni

    c’mon- you’ve got this! :) you can finish!

  5. Carole

    You can do it! Knit like the wind!

  6. Leslie

    You can do it! Did you thread a lifeline before you ripped? I would have been soooooo scared to rip colorwork without one! :)

  7. Julie

    It looks just fantastic and it’ll be so worth the trouble of fixing the neck. Speedy knitting wishes!

  8. Meg

    Three cheers for you! I’m sending you lots of good knitting mojo for the turtleneck. Get a good movie or something going, and just sit down and do it!

  9. Yarndude

    Wow, that’s a lot of work to rip out. Good luck with the deadline!

  10. Annette

    That’s awesome! It’s a gorgeous sweater. You’re going to finish in time, no problem. :)

  11. Mikaiya

    Oh the pain! But you flew through the second iteration- I’m so impressed!

    Good luck, you’re so close!!

  12. Sprocket

    It’s so beautiful. No doubt your yoga practice has helped you embrace the challenge and see the beauty in persevering. :)

  13. Lisa

    I’m rooting for you Lolly! AMAZING sweater!

  14. Mandy

    Gah. I hate that moment when you realize that you must rip. But I’m so glad you’ve made up the work on it! Also, looking at your pictures, I am thinking how great it’s going to look once blocked. I mean, it looks fab now, but when you block it it’s going to be stunning! Go, Lolly!

  15. Jenna

    Oh man, what a bummer! Sometimes taking that day or two to calm down after you’ve made a mistake can help to put it all in perspective. Plus, aiming to get back to where you were before the rip is good motivation! You can do it, lady, just keep knitting! xoxo

  16. ccr in MA

    Oh, it looks so wonderful! Too bad about the error, but you have a great attitude to handle it. What great sweaters you’re going to end up with!

  17. Vera

    Just beautiful work!

  18. katebee

    You can do it!

    I’m a big fan of unraveling if something isn’t right. You feel so much better after!

  19. Leonie

    Good Luck! Hope you make it.

  20. Phoe

    Well done!

  21. mick

    It’s going to be such a fantastic sweater. Truly an heirloom.

  22. Lauren

    You can do it! I believe in you =)

  23. Birgitte

    I believe in you! :)

  24. Josiane

    Wow, you’re *that* close to finishing it already! That’s pretty amazing in itself, wether you make your deadline (which I believe you can) or not!

  25. nancy

    Beautiful sweater! Sorry you had to rip back. Doesn”t matter when you finish it, it is still pretty awesome.

  26. martha-california

    Good luck!! You can do it!!

  27. amanda

    I am just dying to know if you still on target to finish this today! Have you dared to guess how many stitches are in it yet?

  28. Chandler

    I’m still waiting for a chance to sit down for a proper reading of your decade-in-review post, but I just wanted to send you all kinds of good juju for the sweater! You’ll make it, and it’ll be just beautiful.

    Happy new year!

  29. Linda

    It will be as wonderful as it looks. Have a very happy new year. x

  30. Susan

    Go go go go go go go Lolly! You can do it!

    It’s beautiful, by the way!

  31. Sarah H

    Dale of Norway sweaters are gorgeous! This one is no exceptioin.

  32. lynette

    a-maz-ing job!! your hubby looks terrific wearing his new sweater.

  33. heather

    Wow! terrific job…It looks fabulous!

  34. Marlyn


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