Depressive Projects

I'm going through a particularly hard time right now and needed something to ease my mind for a bit. I decided a new knitting project was needed. I taught myself how to knit cables and tackled a pattern I've been sitting on for 5 years. I'm really pleased with how it came out. There is one small mistake that I can't not see every time I look at it. LOL

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ronhuber's picture

The scarf is lovely. You did a great job. I hope the project served the purpose of easing your mind. A double reward - happiness and a new scarf.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That is a very nice scarf. Great cablework and the mistake isn't readily seen. As a blogger I read would say, "It passes the rider going by on a galloping horse" test.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Topher's picture

Thanks guys! The mistake is on one of the ribs between the cables. It just happens to fall toward the center of the scarf (behind the neck), so you don't see it from the front. But I can sense it back there, taunting me. LOL

Kiwi Trevor's picture

Great scarf. Pleased that you are finding knitting a calming influence---- certainly does get ones mind of things. Try new patterns ----even if they look complicated---when finished you have a wonderful sense of achievement.

Tallguy's picture

I am glad that you attempted this daunting task to diffuse your depression. And cables are not that difficult, are they? Yes, you need to be aware of what you are doing (as in all things) and I hope you now will attempt much more "complicated" projects.

As for that 'mistake' -- it is too late to rip back fix it. But could you duplicate stitch over it, and hide/repair it? Use a finer yarn, in the same colour, and go over the stitches in that section correctly, and you can even snip that offending stitch if it bothers you. Then you won't see it anymore!!

indywood's picture

An amazing mentor at my yarn shop says ‘if someone is close enough to see “that”, then they’re too close’! But she also agrees if you find a mistake, your eye goes to it every time. I’m a nurse and a 96 year old lady knitter I took care of told me ‘everything ought to have a mistake.’ Your scarf is wonderful.

Topher's picture

Thanks so much for the support and encouragement guys! I really appreciate it more than you know.

I love the scarf, even with the mistake. hahaha Several people have said they love it so I'm thinking of gifting it, but I haven't decided yet. It's my first cabled project and I do feel kind of attached to it. ;)

I started a much more daunting project on Valentine's day. It's a cabled afghan, but it's not the same kind of cable and I'm using circular needs for the first time. They've always made my head want to explode though now that I'm well into this afghan I can definitely see the advantage of them.

jinct's picture

Great scarf! I love doing cables.

VillageKnittiot's picture

I'll start this with WWMD (What Would Millard Do). He'd look at a couple options. For him, a 'mistake' was just that, and if it is something that is going to bug you, it needs to be fixed. You knitted it for you! If the rib is just straight down a column of stitches without any cable crosses, he would pick out the cast off, drop the column and ladder it back up. If that is not the case, he would surgically fix the mistake. I know there's a video for that on youtube, I just can't find it right now. I'll keep looking.
The rule of them for our house, is if it is something that you'll regret not fixing, you need to fix it.