A few months ago, I started knitting. I’m making all the rookie mistakes and dropping stitches like Hansel and Grettle’s crumbs. Though it’s mostly relaxing, at times I feel frustrated.
The other day, I talked to a woman about a shawl I’m making. I told her I started changing the color every few inches, but I wanted to learn to seed stitch, switching from knit to purl every other stitch. I explained how I went ahead and just started changing the stitch in the middle of the shawl. Now that I’ve practiced, I’ve become more proficient. I thought it might make a funky design with the different types of stitches spread throughout the shawl.
She said once she learns a new stitch and has practiced for a while, she pulls out what she’s made and starts over. For a few days, I couldn’t bear pulling out the stitches and starting over when I’d worked so hard. But last night, I grabbed the end of the shawl and yanked it out. I knew the shawl would look better if I just started over.
This won’t be the only thing I’ll be redoing. I learned last Saturday I didn’t pass my National Boards. I’m going to have to really think about whether I’m going to pull out the dropped stitches of my work and start over. If I decide to do it, I’m sure I’ll grow, but for now, the idea of starting over just feels overwhelming.
What have you ever had to start over?