Wednesday, June 28, 2006

I'm almost done with Chart 1, and there's a mistake that's calling my name. Somehow (it may be because I am visiting my parents in Pittsburgh, trying to watch the World Cup (go cute soccer boys -even though I've been happily married for 26 years), and talking to my mom, I got offtrack on one of the sides and moved one stitch over from what should have been the center stitch. I've now ripped it back to row 21 or so three times. The thing is that I was going great guns until I started talking to the man next to me at the airport about digital cameras and his all-men barbershop choral group. (I'm a sucker for hearing about eccentric passions.) Then I started miscounting, and it was downhill from there. At this point, I can't bear the thought of ripping it back again, so I just keep knitting, telling myself that the mistake will be unnoticeable. Once I satisfy my craving to own a digital camera so that I can have a Pretty Blog, I will post a picture and let you all register your votes. I am relying on the advice once given to me by a weaving teacher: it is appropriate to include an error in a work of art to remind oneself that perfection is not necessarily equivalent to beauty. Does that work for you? One other point: my yarn is beautiful: bamboo handdyed with Procion dyes, and I'm very proud of it.

1 comment:

Sophie_vf said...

yikes, I don't know if this is what you want to hear, but to me part of the shawl's "look" is the long straight columns of eyelets that run down to the point. And, the balance between those columns. So if the error you're talking about will create a jog in that line and detracts from the overall might make you crazy.

But if it's truly inconspicuous, then I'd say consider it an artifact of humanity :)