Mistakes Happen

Tales from the Hook / Sunday, January 13th, 2019

Ripping out your work (whether it’s words or stitches) is always a little bit painful, but I try to look at it as just part of the creative process.

Sometimes, making a mistake is a good thing. Mistakes can help me understand a problem better, and open up new avenues of invention. Other times, it’s just because I didn’t understand the directions the first time, and I have to go back and fix it.

But the really frustrating mistakes are the ones you make because you’re just not paying attention, like what happened the other night when I was making this dice pouch for my daughter.

Not only did I manage to stitch the last piece in backwards, but I didn’t even notice what I’d done until I’d woven in most of the yarn ends. There’s really only one option at that point, and it involves scissors.

Fortunately, all it took was one little snip, and I was able to pull out the backwards panel. It was a little unnerving, though, seeing all those unravelled ends.

Lesson learned: avoid working on even the simplest, more familiar projects when you’re dead tired and can barely keep your eyes open.

There’s no great point to this post. Just one of those little Tales of the Hook that other crafters and crocheters in particular might sympathize with. Have you ever made a stupid mistake that led to having to bring out the scissors?

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