Starting Over & Cyber Monday Yarn Shenanigans


Over the Thanksgiving holiday I started a hat.  It wasn’t working; I didn’t like the seam that was being created when I changed between the knit and purl rows.  So I frogged it.   I used to look at knitters who had no issue starting over the same projects multiple times or a new project when the old one wasn’t working with awe, but I understand now.  If it’s not working, there’s no point in continuing.  Starting over is an opportunity to get it right; it’s an opportunity to do something that is worth my time and effort.  And this principle works for so much more than knitting.  It works for life.

So this:

Garter Hat 1213has become this:

Cowl 1213 iMe and Pablo (my penguin stitch-marker) cranked about two inches of this cowl out early this morning in the laundry mat.  The one in my building is out of service … again 🙄 … so I had to go to one three blocks away.  Because it’s too much to go home in between washing and drying, going there this morning gave me some uninterrupted knitting time.  😀  I really am enjoying working on this and I’m so glad I decided to give in to starting over.   I can’t wait to finish this project!  It felt good knitting after a too long break.

As for my “Cyber Monday” shenanigans — my misbehavior started one week early (Cyber Monday’s officially tomorrow).  Knitpicks started their Cyber Monday sale early. Despite my “I will NEVER shop with KP again” proclamation after that poorly handled credit card breach situation in January of this year, I tested the waters once again.  I was one of the customers caught in the debacle who wasn’t formally notified and I kinda felt like this, but I wanted some “play” roving to test some spinning techniques (since I’m basically teaching myself how to spin from books and Youtube) so I got these:

Wool of the Andes Roving

Wool of The Andes Roving

and these — Full Circle Roving:

IMG_3818I hope I don’t have to pay for shopping with them after a year with another breach issue. Their products and prices are pretty decent and it’s the affordability of their workhorse yarns that allowed me to move from working solely with acrylic yarn to natural fibers.  While I don’t have the strong negative feelings I had initially after the issue, I’m still cautious buying from them.  But in the meantime … I’m pretty chuffed (according to my British cousins) about the “play” roving I got.  😀

Will you guys be going nuts tomorrow with the yarn sales?  😀  Post pics so I could live vicariously through you all okay!  😀

12 thoughts on “Starting Over & Cyber Monday Yarn Shenanigans

  1. QuaintrelleNoire December 3, 2013 / 9:58 pm

    I just frogged half of my scarf project last night after realizing that I somehow eliminated a whole repeat of a pattern sequence. I used to get really frustrated at having to start a project over. Now I’m almost a perfectionist, I don’t think twice about starting over if it’s not looking the way I want.

    • Nicky December 4, 2013 / 9:33 pm

      I’m with you! It really doesn’t make sense to keep working at something if it’s not working.

  2. Lisa Huddleston December 3, 2013 / 6:08 pm

    I need to get to the same place–where it’s okay to start over!

    • Nicky December 3, 2013 / 8:42 pm

      Once you get there, you’ll wonder why it took you so long! 😀

  3. Opal December 2, 2013 / 12:42 pm

    I forgot to add, good for you being able to rip out a project that simply isn’t working. I do the same, I don’t think about the time wasted since I enjoy the craft whether or not what I’ve started with ends up being finished. Those that aren’t finished either get a time out until I feel like working on them, and the item that does not match the yarn gets frogged.

    • Nicky December 2, 2013 / 8:00 pm

      I’m not sure why I viewed frogging the way I did since I have a decent number of WIPs. I’m a process knitter; once I get the technique down, I move on. Maybe it’s because I was such a slow knitter but even that’s changing.

  4. Opal December 2, 2013 / 12:39 pm

    I was one of those that got caught up in that fiasco, well over $600, thankfully I did not get charged since it was all placed on hold by my bank before it cleared.

    Last week, I did check out Knit Picks sales, but I’m still not thrilled how Knit Picks handled that so I most likely won’t be purchasing from them. The yarn you chose is lovely, I’m sure you’ll have many adventures knitting and crocheting with them.

    • Nicky December 2, 2013 / 7:55 pm

      My bank contacted me to verify and stopped the charges immediately as well so I didn’t have the headache that other crafters had. I don’t think I’ll be purchasing from them again for two reasons. One that incident is still in my mind and two … I’m not sure if I like where the lines are headed. Good workhouse yarns are being discontinued. The company is definitely not the same as it was before.

      This time, I got roving so I could practice my spinning.

      • Opal December 3, 2013 / 4:43 pm

        I saw roving while I was out and about this weekend and instantly thought about you. Are you still at the same address? I’m finally getting around to sending some things. You are on the list and another blog pal. Looks away guiltily at the long time it took to send anything.

        • Nicky December 3, 2013 / 8:43 pm

          Girl, no worries. I know you have a lot on your plate. Thank you for your graciousness. I’ll send you an update address in pm on Rav. 😀

          • Opal December 5, 2013 / 10:12 pm

            Thanks, got the info. This time I sent myself an email with your name at the top so I won’t lose the info in the email pile. Check raverly when you have a chance. I had a question. 🙂

            • Nicky December 6, 2013 / 10:48 pm

              Questioned answered. You’re too kind. ♥

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