|Michele, Maxie, Willow on red couch|
"40 degree rule" - if it hits 40 degrees by 6 p.m. (including wind chill factor), classes are cancelled for the evening. I'm so bummed out!
|Misplaced holes are the easiest |
errors to find.
Having not much else to do last night, then, and still amazed with myself for completing such a difficult project (actually rated "intermediate" on the pattern, but very difficult for me), I decided to try and make peace with the mistakes I knew I had made in the knitting. My afghan isn't perfect. I almost started feeling bad about that, but then I remembered the rule we apply to our dogs in their agility training --
Turns out, there are 68,064 stitches in my afghan! Holding it up to the light, I counted no more than 18 errors, but I'm sure I missed a few, so let's make it a generous 50. Divide 50/68,064 = .000735%. I don't even know how to read that number. John says it's about 7 thousandths of one percent. Is that right? Is it thousandths, or hundredths?
|68 thousand + opportunities to get it right!|
"7 hundredths of one percent rule" - when you get this degree of accuracy in your knitting, it's okay to feel good about your effort, and time to move on to a more advanced project. And the truth is, I made a lot fewer mistakes toward the end. Practice makes perfect.
Can I get better? Oh, yes. I held my errors down by tearing out my rows back to any error I found, unless I found it 6 rows down (3 hours work), in which case I left it. BUT, BUT, BUT, there are knitters who can drill one stitch down for several rows, not undoing any rows, and reweave them all back up the line. That's what I will learn to do before I commence another knitting project. With all the YouTube videos out there, I'm sure I can find one that teaches how to do this, same as I learned on YouTube how to knit on flexibile needles in the first place.
|Scallops on top, bear claws on underside.|
The whole time making it, I was also perfecting various skills -- patience, perseverance, focus, dexterity, pattern memorization, etc. All of these help me build confidence in myself and apply to every other endeavor, including the goals I have set for me and my dogs in 2011 and beyond.