Magical Thinking

I always caution against what I call magical thinking.  I’ve said it on my youtube videos, in my e-book, to new knitters–if there’s a problems, STOP.  Continuing to knit, hoping the problem will solve itself, is magical thinking, and it doesn’t work.  Is your gauge wrong? STOP–your sweater won’t fit.  Have you reached the armholes of your sweater (the halfway point) but two-thirds of your yarn is used up?  STOP–call your yarn store NOW and see if they have any more.

And yet, in spite of all my well-intentioned advice to others, I did it again.  I was knitting a scarf for my niece (Burberry Inspired Cowl Neck Scarf) out of Cascade Venezia that is lovely, but a bit spendy, so I want the two skeins I have to be enough.  Which it should be.  If my gauge were identical to the designer’s.  Which apparently it isn’t.

The pattern calls for four repeats and I have two balls, so two repeats per ball, right?  I get to the end of the first ball, but I’ve only finished 1-1/2 repeats.  Do I stop right then?  Do I recalculate the pattern, to be a bit narrower and slightly shorter so I can squeak out those two repeats from the one ball?  Heck, no.  I KEEP KNITTING, THINKING MAYBE I’LL HAVE ENOUGH YARN AFTER ALL.  Which, of course, I don’t.  I get to the end of the second ball, and I’ve finished 3-1/2 repeats.  Not enough of the piece left to justify buying another ball of yarn.

So I frog the whole thing, recalculate the pattern as previously described, and start over.  Don’t let this happen to you.

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One Response to “ Magical Thinking ”

  1. Bobbe Says:

    Paula, you are magic. Had I read this first I would have stopped “magical thinking” yesterday am.
    So glad to read and learn the term Magical Thinking. Makes me smile and I really know that a smile and a project are a better match then a frown and a project. Knitting has to have joy or fun or why bother. Thank you so much.


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