Yesterday my swap box came from Karen in New York. This was for Grace's St. Patrick's Day swap and what fun it was!! Karen included a crocheted shamrock pin and a Lots O' Luck button to wear for the season. I put the shamrock on right away and had to fight off hands reaching for the button. Get away, get away! I can hear things rattling in the middle of the yarn ball and can't wait to get to them. Can you guess whether I plan to rewrap the yarn and claim the goodies inside. Of course I do!
I wrapped the goodies for my swap partner one at a time and have never had so much fun--one at a time, around and around. They would slip out and go flying across the office and by the time I had everything tightly bound in the ball we were rolling on the floor in laughter. Best ever swap Grace!!
I have a confession to make. I made a boo-boo. I flubbed. I screwed up the organic cotton shawl and had to tink back six rows to unscramble even a part of it. Another part is not repairable unless I rip the whole thing out again. Not gonna'! (See inside blue circle in photo). What I will do is install a lifeline and hedge my bets.
I know I have shared my philosophy on knitting errors in the past, which is that I am not perfect nor is my knitting. My Mother's friend Stella, the wonderful lady who taught me to knit, was someone who today would be a professional knitwear designer. My feelings about this come from her. She could knit a shawl, afghan/blanket, sweater without a single flaw or glitch but chose not to. She would deliberately place a reversed stitch, an inch without a pattern repeat or a yarn over in a place where it did not belong. Nothing that was obvious, but she knew it was there. She told me, "Perfection makes me nervous. I'm afraid that when I reach perfection it will be all over." I never asked her what would be over. Knitting? Life? I was 9 years old and I guess I didn't want to know!
Anyway, the mistake is there and if anyone notices it when it is tossed around my shoulders I will just say, "Oh well, I guess I haven't reached perfection yet."
Life is good.