Let It All Unravel

I’m not one to look back; it’s my defence mechanism; my survival instinct.    Move forward.  My favourite caption by Michel Leunig the poet/cartoonist (from memory so please excuse mistakes):

Let it go

Let it be

Let it all unravel

Set it free

So it can be

A road on which to travel

Funny that it has the word ‘unravel’ in it, since I’m ruminating about mistakes in my knitting. :)  Synchronicity, my new age friend, Stacia would say.

Do mistakes matter?  All sorts of things come to mind while you’re knitting but if your mind is somewhere else, you make mistakes.  Knitting is one of the most unforgiving things you can attempt to do, or so I thought.

Knitters would know that it is nigh impossible to correct a mistake some rows down the track without undoing your work back to the point of indiscretion and making the correction accordingly.

My grandmother who taught me embroidery always made me undo my work and start again, whenever I make a mistake.    一日工千日看, she would say, One Day’s Work, A Thousand Day’s Look.  It put me off embroidery for life.  Oh yes, embroidery is more unforgiving than knitting.  I’d almost exorcised the thing from my memory.

So last night I was knitting while watching Helen Mirren in Painted Lady.  Now how is that possible without making not one, but several mistakes in my knitting?  This morning I started undoing, then I thought – does it matter that the work is imperfect?  After all, there were no dropped stitches, just wrong stitches.  I can forgive those, can’t I?  It’s a scarf that will be worn bunched up – no one would notice.

I believe I should note the mistakes and learn the lesson; then move on.  Maybe next time I want to multitask, I should watch something less engrossing than a Helen Mirren performance.

To convince myself that I do not need to go back and correct my mistakes, I photographed the piece to see it better.  You may comment and decide otherwise but your vote won’t count.  It’s my mistake, I own it.



About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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22 Responses to Let It All Unravel

  1. Laurie Graves says:

    Life lessons from knitting and watching Helen Mirren.

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  2. Sunshine Jansen says:

    How many times have I said “OK, this is now the *back* of the [scarf/hat/whatever]”… I’m with you; no one will ever notice, and now you just have a scarf that makes you think of Helen Mirren. I’ve always been in love with her so personally I would find that a very pleasant memento.

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    • Mary Tang says:

      If I was knitting for myself I would have continued but because I am knitting for the homeless I thought it a bit rough to give them something badly made. So I’ve restarted with a more idiot proof pattern…knit, knit, knit, knit, knit…do not pass over…do not knit two together….do not increase and decrease just to create holes (that’s what ‘lace’ is ) :)

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  3. taphian says:

    well, Mary, our best friend in Greece once said to me: You cannot make love and whistle at the same time. So maybe you cannot knit and watch Helen Mirren at the same time, hehe. But I would correct the fault, even if it is obnoxious. Sorry, have a nice day, Mary, kind regards Mitza

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  4. Looks good to me too. That’s two people who don’t count :)

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  5. arlingwoman says:

    I’m a knitting ignoramus, but it looks good to me. The Japanese have a philosophy that an imperfection makes something more special. You could always think that way as well

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