What Would You Do?

Bollywood Sequence Scarf with a twist!

On the face of it, this post is about knitting.  But fear not all ye non-knitters.  There’s a lesson here for everyone….

It has been a while since I posted an update about any of my knitting projects.  I was starting to think about what I might write on this topic, when fate intervened.

I had been making steady progress, in the margins of working on other knitting projects, with my Bollywood sequence scarf – see posts here and here for a brief bit of back-story, and this post for more information about my sequence knitting source book.

Work on this scarf stopped in recent months, however, in favour of a second sequence scarf, using West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply (Wood Pigeon) and Rowan Kid Silk Haze (smoke).  When I bought the yarn for this, I could not resist immediately casting on!

On a whim, I decided yesterday to get back out my Bollywood project, happily reminding myself of how much I adore the way in which the colours are emerging.  Off I went – knit, knit, knit.  Adding a good 4cm or so in no time at all.  But then I noticed something – can you see it in this close-up?


Yes, I had somehow managed to knit nearly two inches with a slightly different pattern to the rest of the scarf.  I’m not sure how this happened.  The sequence works over a repeat of 12 stitches and it is usually obvious at the end of a row if something has gone awry.  I can only think that there must have been compensating errors in one of my early rows, which did not reveal themselves at the turn.

So, what to do?  My instinct was to rip out the most recent knitting and resume with the correct pattern, which should look like this:

In fact, prior to writing my last post, I am 100% sure I would have taken this course of action.  But something made me stop and really look at how the knitting was coming out.  I found that I rather liked the new stitch pattern, and the contrast with the first.  You can see the overall effect in the picture at the top of this post – only a subtle difference, but quite an interesting one (click to enlarge the photo – you can clearly see the new pattern next to the needles).

So, in a fit of glorious recklessness, I am going to leave it for now and carry on.  After all, in the grand scheme of being gung-ho about something, this is pretty low-risk.  If it ends up looking rubbish, all that I will have lost is some knitting time – it will be easy to rip back if need be.  And hey, it might turn out to be my favourite knit ever.  But if I don’t give it a go, I will never know.

I will report on progress in due course.  Meanwhile, what would you do if you were faced with an endeavour that took an unexpected turn?  Turn back, or go with it and enjoy the ride?

The next time you come up against what seems to be a ‘failure’, look instead for the new doors which seem to be opening.  🙂

“Observe your imperfections. Love them. Then move through them.”
~ Matthew Donnelly


21 thoughts on “What Would You Do?

  1. What a wonderful thought to begin my Easter Monday. It reminded me that we plan our steps carefully, look at the different options and pathways before us. And then, something marvelous happens – the unexpected, the inflection point, the curve in the road. Our lives are a kaleidoscope of possibilities that come to us by what seems to be chance. I call it serendipity. Hugs from across the pond.

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  2. I had to look very hard to see the difference! It can be your wabi sabi knitting. 🙂 I wondered if you would like this post……….https://valeriedavies.com/2016/12/28/kintsugi-art-and-life/ As for what I would do; to start with I would probably be very cranky with myself. Then I hope I would be cool and calm about it. Having said that, there is some knitting tucked away in a box here. It wasn’t working out well, so I got the sulks and I put it away ( I nearly threw it away) about 3 years ago!

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    1. You are so right to bring in wabi-sabi – I think this is such a wise approach to life! And thank you for the link to Valerie’s blog – she always has such interesting things to say. V sorry to hear about your poor discarded knitting project – I can just imagine how sad it must feel in that box – why not liberate it and give it some love?! 😀💕

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  3. Let’s say we only see the difference because you pointed it out. I would finish it too and just leave it as it is. A new scarf creation . Love your thinking… go for it, don’t always turn back.

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  4. What a wonderfully liberating concept to just go with whatever happens! I considered what you had to say and really like the idea of it but in reality I can’t see myself doing it however much I might be tempted! I’m afraid my family have to put up with me straightening curtains that they have just closed and rearranging things on shelves after they have put china away (but in the wrong places!) Oh dear!

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    1. Lol Clare – I understand what you are saying – I used to be like this too. Still am sometimes – a coaster has to be ‘just so’ on the table; the pillows on the bed have to stack up in a certain order etc etc. I think one of the benefits of getting older is a relaxing of most of these self-pressures – a very welcome development! 🙂

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  5. This is the kind of tiny copying error that over time led the process of evolution to deliver trees, whales, gazelles, pukekoes, ladybirds, cashews and Richie McCaw, all from a microscopic amoeba. Celebrate it!

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  6. This happened to me! What I first did was swear, and stomp about for a while. It was also a scarf, and I also kept going, but then I reintroduced the old pattern, and alternated between the two to make decreasing in width stripes of different textures. Although, I once made a Fairisle mistake that I didn’t realise until about 5 inches and it would have had a knock-on effect, and so ripped it all back, and cried. I get surprisingly emotional about knitting!

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    1. That sounds like a great solution re your scarf. And you are right – Fairisle is 100% or nothing! It is natural to feel emotional about things we lovingly create – after all, there is so much of ourselves invested in each piece. 🙂

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