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Starting Over

We need to remember that we are created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed.
– Maya Angelou

I’m pretty good at “playing life by ear.” I can take whatever is in front of me, and figure out how to make it work. I often make things up as I go. I often can make adjustments as I proceed, which work out at the end.

That is, usually I work that way. At least, usually when I’m knitting.

I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.
– Igor Stravinsky

Every once in a while, however, I have to cry Uncle, as they say. I’ve been working on a new design and even knit some sample pieces. The gauge of the yarn I chose, was not the gauge I wanted. I did not ask enough questions before picking that yarn, I guess.

Then I made another mistake (one of not focusing while I cast on and started). More disappointment. It was getting harder to make the work I’d done actually fit into the idea I had in mind.

I considered changing the design to fit the work I’d already done. I considered adding a number of options (by then, that would be gauge and stitch pattern)  into the pattern. In the end I decided doing that would make it too cumbersome for my pattern users. I wanted clarity above all.

I put the design on a back burner for a while. Then last week in a quiet moment of clear thinking, I realized I had to start over.

I want a certain gauge for this one. I want a certain stitch pattern. I want a variety of sizes. Any of those things might have been hard to do with the pieces I already knit.

So I cast on two new projects. So far, so good. They fit the gauge I wanted. They seem to work well with the stitch pattern I intended originally. They will be able to be adjusted for different sizes.

It was worth starting over.

…You live you learn, You love you learn,
You cry you learn, You lose you learn,
You bleed you learn, You scream you learn…

You grieve you learn, You choke you learn,
You laugh you learn, You choose you learn,
You pray you learn, You ask you learn,

You live you learn…
– Alanis Morissette, You Learn — Jagged Little Pill

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