the troubled bobble scarf

Generally, I am the kind of person who deals with problems in stages: when I first come across a problem, I’ll drop the whole thing and let it rest for a while. Then I’ll go back to it and leave it again a few times, before I finally muster up enough patience and confidence to actually solve it. And then I do. Tackle it and solve it. In one go usually. With time, I’ve accepted this process and I think I am quite close to the point where I will be able to not judge myself for dropping a problem at some time and to actually believe it when I say it’s NOT just running away.

Now, this applies to such various things as essay writing, money management and knitting. And the project above is a perfect example of the process. I had a lot of issues with it. Firstly, it was made on request for a friend. When I showed it to the friend mid-way (she had only chosen the yarn and said she wanted a scarf, she left the pattern choice up to me), her reaction was: “oh well, at least it will be warm”. There are interesting discussions on Ravelry on the good manners of receiving knitted gifts, and I can tell you this type of reaction is definitely high up on the no-no list! The friend was heavily reproached and extenuating circumstances were taken into account (she is generally a very sarcastic and bitey-comment kind of person), but Discouragement Number One still did its charm. Secondly, I got bored with the pattern. It’s easy to do and the outcome is lovely, but I normally do much smaller projects which are done relatively fast and not nearly as repetitive as this one. Discouragement Number Two. Finally, I came across a problem. Well, two problems. The yarn is quite dark and I worked on it in some not-so-well-lit spaces, so a few mistakes occurred. This must have been in one of the bobble areas, because all of a sudden I had one stitch more than required AND something was disrupting the seed stitch rhythm, and I couldn’t find the problem spot easilyenough for Discouragement Number Three not to occur.

It has now been, ummm, let me see, eight months. I am currently in a finishing craze that comes along every few months (and where the projects that have been waiting for that final 5 per cent on Ravelry finally get completed) and this project finally got its turn. I gave in to my perfectionism and ripped enough rows to get back to a point where I have the right number of stitches and the right rhythm. I never did figure out where and what the mistake was, but that doesn’t really bother me. So, ladies and getlemen, I give you the Bobble Scarf, to be happily continued…

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About fridica

I started knitting completely by accident, when I was visiting my parents for a holiday in 2008. On a boring Sunday afternoon, I decided to dig through their stash of books to see if there was anything interesting to take back to my apartment. A knitting manual happened to be one of the books I found. I got curious, my mom immediately dug out her old needles and yarn stash (which she hadn’t used in a decade at least), and in a few minutes we were both casting on - she by memory, I by following the instructions from the book… :) Since I normally prefer learning from books, this was ideal.. I took the book home with me, and very very soon - I was an addict.

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