Monday, January 12, 2015

It's a mistake, but it's OK

I finally finished my Montana Winter Cardigan.
And it's full of mistakes.

For one thing, and the biggest mistake;  it is way too big for me.

I started knitting this sweater in July.  I thought I would complete it around Christmas or so.  So in that sense, January 12th isn't too far off.

I wanted to make this sweater for myself after finishing this one in June.

The small one I made as a challenge to myself and for an unknown grandchild to be.  My idea was that knitting a similar one for myself would help us stay connected over what appears will be quite a distance of miles.  Not a bad idea.

My first problem was that the pattern was created for a 3 year old.  My second problem is that I thought I could adapt it for myself.  I'm not that advanced a knitter.

See how the brown drops down over the shoulders?  It's not supposed to do that.

So, after what you can imagine are many, many, many, hours of knitting I have a sweater that, well, is OK, but it's obviously too large.

But, I am going to wear it.  AND I am going to enjoy it.  Because it's a lesson learned.
I've already started another sweater for myself.  One I will check carefully along the way to see that it fits.  One for which I have an actual pattern.

I've made many mistakes during my years.  I think the worst thing a person can do is deny them.  The next worst thing is to not learn from them and then allow feelings of guilt and remorse to haunt you.

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Unknown said...

Love this post! Love your sweater! I don't think it was a mistake at all :)

Goneferalinidaho said...

I think it looks great. One thing I recently read is that once you turn 40 and are actually looking around, there are no grown-ups like we thought we might one day turn into. We still have to navigate life the same as we always did, but have to learn from our mistakes better. I love your post.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Victoria, it's a lovely sweater! Big means cozy! Warm, comfortable and hand-made by you! Mistakes turn to fashion trends sometimes. Falling down sleeves.... hmmm... Next thing, we will see it in 'Vogue'!
I like bears and dear!
I don't need to say 'Stay Warm', because now, you will stay warm!

Barbarapc said...

Well done! Coming from the land of the Mary Maxim sweater - my mom made me the "train" sweater 52 years ago - all the other little girl's mothers made the ballerina sweater -I think it is glorious to have a matching grandma sweater & grandchild sweaters so have included a Mary Maxim link potentially for grandpa's moose sweater.
You've inspired me to take a look at some of my UFOs (unfinished objects) and do some knitting myself.

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Capucyne said...

je trouve qu'il te va plutôt bien , même si toi tu le voudrais moins grand ! Il est fort joli en tout cas Bravo, même avec "the mistakes" !!!

Country Girl said...

Your sweater looks great - and I agree with the comment that big=cozy! So sweet that you will have a matching sweater with your grandchild!
Blessings from PA!