Friday, May 4, 2012

Ripping the Riff...

I've spent several hours debating the ripping of this Riff sock. I've waffled back and forth as to whether it should be done while hanging with my knitting/spinning peeps.

There are good reasons for doing so and there are good reasons why I shouldn't.

My first thought was that it would be a good lesson for those who haven't been knitting long to see that you actually can rip back and fix errors without great consequence. It would also illustrate that by ripping back you learn to relax a bit about your knitting and appreciate the process rather than just focusing on the project.

While I enjoy all the different lessons to be learned from knitting and the challenge of knitting something that I haven't knit before, I've made no secret of the fact that I don't like knitting socks from the toe-up.

Now that this sock has beat me into submission I must admit that I'm enjoying the mechanics of the sock. I'm glad it is teaching me a lesson...having an open mind going into a project will make it easier to accomplish. My resistance to changing my sock mechanics has gotten me into a bit of trouble with the Riff.

I know the parts of a cuff-down sock by heart and my mind doesn't want to let that go. Perhaps by knitting and re-knitting this sock I'll learn to be more flexible, thereby, opening up a new place in my mind where the two techniques can co-exist.  One can only hope, right?

What lesson has your knitting taught you, beyond creating a product?

Totally.Incorrect.Mechanics...

 it's a Frankensock...
then I rip...
didn't even hurt and since I did it in private I spared all my knitting peeps the trauma.

I feel so much better. Thanks for living through it with me.

Hope your knitting is teaching you valuable lessons.

Smooches from LittleDog..

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12 comments:

WonderWhyGal said...

Geez! What has knitting taught me? Goodness, I could write a book on that subject. Patience would be the biggest lesson...and I'm still learning it.

Those socks are going to be great.

Michelle said...

I've learned to have faith. Faith that the pattern will turn into exactly what it's supposed to if I follow it correctly. Also, big overwhelming projects are done one stitch at a time, and if I concentrate on the one stitch I'm on, it's not quite so overwhelming. Kinda like living in the moment :)
I also remember the first time Susie unravelled part of a project I was working on to help me out of an error. I was freaked out!! But I saw it was possible to do so without the whole project ruined. Now I do it without fear. :)
Your sock is beautiful, and I'm glad it is teaching you something. Never stop learning, right?

alliebugs425 said...

I've learned to trust the pattern even when I can't comprehend it by a read through. I have learned delayed gratification can be as rewarding as instant gratification. I have learned perseverance when I make mistakes and have to rip things out. I love watching you try new things, Ally. And you do a great job! Those socks are gonna rock!

Dutch Hollow said...

I hate patience! I've ripped projects back but I think if I made it across a heel I'd be inclined to think screw it, and keep going. Hard part would be to make the same mistakes on the second sock. LOL

Glad you have the will to do it all again. Good luck.

Alpaca Farmgirl said...

Hey Ally B! Your dog is so cute. What has knitting taught me? To never give up. Just keep beating your head against the wall. haha.

Nichole said...

You are a brave, brave knitter.... :)

Alittlebitsheepish said...

I admrie your ripping skills, I am always reluctant to do it, work more and then wish I had fixed the mistake. Cute little dog pic :)

Vivian said...

LittleDog is sticking his tongue at us, better watch what I say.

After knitting for many years, I begin to realize knitting, or rather creating, is really what I make of it. I can follow patterns, obey others' instructions, admire others' work, or I can trust my own instinct and be free to make mistakes (and call it design feature). Or I can do none of it. Knitting does not make me a saint, or evil, it's simply me.

Spinster Beth said...

My yarn and knitting projects try to teach me lessons ... but I'm dense, and I *just don't learn.* ! Love the little doggie.

Jess Schleicher said...

Knitting is about patience apparently... I think that's why I struggle with it. I like how you likened the whole thing as a lesson. Never thought about it that way. Beautiful sock pattern.

Kathryn Ray said...

Who knew that sock knitting was so full of wisdom?? ;-)

Truly Myrtle said...

Good on you - I knit on for a while knowing that I am going to rip - then finally get to it. I can't learn enough about knitting - I think I am actually enjoying ripping these days just to have another go at things and really get them right!!!