On Sunday (yes, on Easter), I tried on my After the Rain sweater, having bound off the body and finished the neckline trim.
I stood in the bathroom, stared at myself in the mirror, and decided that I hated it. Weeks of endless stocking stitch and striping, rescuing dropped stitches (read more about that here), and a bunch of yarn, all amounting to nothing. I spent the rest of the day in a funk, loudly complaining to anyone who would listen that “I’m probably just a terrible knitter anyway.”
Reality check: I’m not a terrible knitter, and there’s not necessarily anything wrong with the pattern, or my tension, or the fiber. Sometimes, the best laid plans can yield some seriously heartbreaking results. Sometimes, it just doesn’t work out the way you wanted it to.
And that’s okay.
It’s hard to cut yourself some slack. Those of us who are perfectionists (cough cough) have a tendency to have the following thought process:
“I am not immediately perfect at this activity, therefore I am a terrible person and everything I touch dies.”
What are your knitting fails, fellow crafters? Tell me in the comments!
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