Permission to Make a Mistake

dscf9947*I loved the mom memories you all shared yesterday.   Thanks. 

Here is the first sock of the first pair of 2017.

Pin Stripes free Ravelry pattern. (Inspired by Dee’s Pin Stripe Sock start)

Top down construction.

Knitted in Lost City Knits (Oklahoma) Summer Sunset Colorway on size 1 double points.

Toe: Kitchener ‘d .  (Big big thanks to Deb of Caffeine Girl for the Techknitting link ) I was finally able to kitchener without tears.  You use knitting needles to knit and purl off the stitches .  I’m thrilled.  I felt like I learned something yesterday.

I’ll cast on the second sock tonight.  Looking forward to it.

My toe up sock is on hold.  I did the toe part well, but I’m all wonky at the heel and gusset.  No hurry.  Someone will be able to explain it to me in the future.   I’m ready to enjoy the second Summer Sunset Top down sock knitting later today.

A nice thought: String Theory Yarn shop is a place I’ve never visited.  I am on their email list however.  I donated to their charity knits this year.  She posted today, that who better to knit for than ourselves?  She also said, that many many customers say with a FO,  “but it has a mistake in it” .
Of course it does, she says.  She owns the shop and she makes mistakes, and she goes on.   She says she just doesn’t point them out.

How honest.  How freeing for me.  I thought it was just me.  With the mistake thing. It felt great to read her permission to make a mistake paragraph.  Not that I’m looking to make any knit mistakes, but they happen.  Stuff happens.

And when it happens, I’m really glad to have you all to lean on.




Author: compassionknit

I've moved from to on Nov. 7 2016. It is still me! glad you found me

14 thoughts on “Permission to Make a Mistake”

  1. My mother always said it’s the “mistakes and imperfections that show its not store bought, and that it’s special”
    That said… she’s a perfectionist and would always rip back to fix them… me… I usually just move on.


  2. I read somewhere about a group of women who always put a mistake in their hand crafts. I wish I could remember who it was. They did it because they said God is the only one perfect. My brain says it was the Amish, but I’m not sure, so don’t quote me on that! Ha ha! I love that sock. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that pattern before. Could you give us the link for the knitted Kitchener? I don’t mind doing it with a regular darning needle, but since I already would have my knitting needles out that would be easier. Have a lovely day my friend.
    Blessings, Betsy


  3. My knitting group calls those mistakes “design enhancements.” Chances are that no one else even notices the errors unless they are too obvious.

    Love the pin-striped sock. I use a tapestry needle to Kitchener. I’ll have to check out the information on Techknitting..


  4. Looks great!

    I’ll have to check out that method of closing up the toe. I don’t mind Kitchener the old-fashioned way, but it’s always good to learn new things.


  5. When the Native American people do beadwork, they make sure and put a bead out of place – they call it a “spirit bead”. According to Native American culture, God’s spirit would not enter into anything that was flawless, so a spirit bead was sewn in among the others, providing a flaw through which God’s spirit could enter and flow through the bead work. ((hugs)), Teresa 🙂


  6. I love your Pin Stripes sock!! I have never had any luck with toe up socks so I just don’t try them. Nancy is right, non-knitters usually don’t even know they are mistakes when they see them. I am by no means a perfect knitter and there is usually at least one mistake in my FOs. My kids look for them and say they are looking for the love and kisses that I purposely knit into the object for them. AND they are such sweethearts they actually wear the things I knit for them!


  7. I have given myself permission to make mistakes this year too – took long enough, and though some days are a struggle, I am encouraging myself to move forward without fear and without criticism. I am my own worst enemy – but I am trying!


  8. One of the most famous knitters Kaffe Fassett would tell you just to knit on past too, so your yarn shop lady is just following his advice – or her own! – and doing so very well, unless you point it out no one will notice! Your sock looks wonderful by the way! Oh, and this year my “motto” for myself is “just do it, with imperfections” so this fits perfectly with what you are saying.


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