I spent a lovely day yesterday recharging my battery. Mostly that consisted of knitting on my Color Affection shawl. I am still in love and am choosing to not worry about some things. You see this shawl is very popular and many people have adjusted it to meet their knitting needs. One common discussion topic is the edge tightness. Some people have made adjustments for a stretchier edge. Others have made claims that the tighter edge helps the shawl stay in place while wearing it.
I had thought while I was still finding my colors that I would like a stretchier edge and would make adjustments too. But then once I found my colors I decided that it is so much easier to just follow the directions. Some days I am a go with the flow kind of gal.
Yesterday I joined in the third color and tried so very hard to give the edge just the right tension since I was carrying two colors along the edge. I stopped to admire the colors, how well they were working together and noticed my edge was looking quite sloppy in a section. I ripped back a few rows and continued to knit merrily along.
Today we went to a friend's house to watch the Tour de France. I got a few more rows in. I am in love with the way the colors are working, the yarn and the simpleness of the pattern. So very in love. Then I notice that I knit an upper and lower stitch together. I did consider leaving it that way but sometimes mistakes just mock you. I decided to rip back again and reknit. Never ever attempt to rip back just a few rows when you're distracted by a bike race.
I ripped back the whole three color section. The whole stinking section. All I have to show for my knitting weekend is a few tussled balls of yarn and a day of happy thoughts and relaxed knitting.
In the grand scheme of things I will take it. I did not ruin my yarn or the shawl. I can simply start that section over again. I had a lovely day of knitting and I know now that my color choice will be lovely. How many things can you say that you would like to do over again? This time I will.
Thanks knitting for the therapy session.