Cry Me a River, Build Me a Bridge, And…

Hello there, everyone!

Guess what day it is? It’s my new favorite obscure holiday, National Get Over It Day! Every March 9th is officially dedicated to forgiving and forgetting, or just putting on your big girl pants and moving on. We all need to do a little of this from time to time, and many knitters will tell you that their craft helps them reduce stress and improve clarity so they can do just that.

But what happens when your own knitting betrays you? What happens when good projects go bad? Sometimes when things go wrong, knitters must dig deep in their bag of tricks to find a way to GET OVER IT.

For example, we all love the rich, striking colors of handpainted yarns, but they’re notoriously unpredictable. Even within the same skein, the distribution of colors is random (above left), and when you’re using multiple skeins in the same project there’s an even better chance you’ll notice the difference (above right). Of course this uniqueness is part of a handpainted yarn’s charm, and you can choose to embrace it as Sheri did with both of these projects. Or you can learn to alternate between skeins by attaching two balls and always carrying the unused one up the side. Either way, you’ll soon find a way to get over it!

It’s one of life’s great tragedies that any yarn must eventually end somewhere. This is why we all encounter from time to time a knot in a ball of yarn. It’s an inevitable nuisance, but quite a manageable one. Simply cut out the section with the knot, reattach the new strand, and carry on. But what about those extra ends, you say? The solution is simple, as you can see from Sheri’s projects pictured above. Learning how to strand ends behind your stitches for a few inches will secure these (and any other ends!) permanently so you can keep on knitting and get over it!

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Have you ever dropped a stitch? Skipped a row? Accidentally increased or decreased? We’ve all been there and shuddered at the thought of painstakingly taking back our work one stitch at a time, or worse, ripping it all out and starting over! Check out this post about using lifelines to safely and easily rip back your knitting and it will be like your mistakes never happened. Or better yet, take our Mastering Mistakes class (new dates to be announced soon!) and eliminate the need to rip back altogether. Next time you spot a no-no in your knitting, you’ll have no trouble getting over it.

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So your yardage didn’t work out perfectly and now you’ve got leftovers. We all have a pile of shriveled, lopsided partial balls hiding in the back of the stash; we refuse to get rid of them, but we resent them for being there! Personally I’ve never understood why they are seen as such an inconvenience. With just a little patience, you can build a funky collection of colors and textures and before you know it you’ve got enough for a bonus project! I’d recommend the Cumberland Cozy Shawl- it’s quick, easy, and so much fun. So next time you find yourself with leftovers, stop by The Yarn Patch, pick up this pattern, and get over it!

Obviously we’re making light of the little idiosyncrasies that plague all knitters sometimes, but we don’t want you to struggle with them alone! If any of the techniques mentioned above interests you, visit us in the shop to learn more. Or if you’ve got questions of your own, schedule a private lesson any time. We’re always here to help you get over it!

What do you struggle to get over when it comes to your knitting? Share your funniest (or most painful!) knitting nightmares below. And of course…

HAPPY NATIONAL GET OVER IT DAY!

Sheri, Emily, Susan, Shawndrese, and Anita

 

 

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Judi Roth
    Mar 09, 2016 @ 14:07:37

    That was a good read and this blog is great a getting up over the humps!

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  2. Christine Reese
    Mar 09, 2016 @ 15:06:05

    That was a fun one! See you on Tuesday now I,m back in land of the living!😀🌺

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  3. Suze
    Mar 09, 2016 @ 15:56:04

    Thanks, it helps to know I’m not alone.
    Love you guys,

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  4. Diane
    Mar 09, 2016 @ 20:27:16

    Great article! You think of everything.

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  5. ginaluhn
    Mar 10, 2016 @ 10:48:50

    Enjoyed this – especially since I had to totally start over a 1/2 done project. Just plain got over it and started again.

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  6. Rosemary Young Tucker
    Mar 13, 2016 @ 17:55:14

    Enjoy the blog. I’m thankful for the blended yarns. The pure wool I learned on had a bad habit of stretching when worn, especially on wet or humid days. A street dress by day and floor length by evening. Funny now but not when it happened.

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