I'm spending a quiet day with my kids in school and my husband away on a trip. As a sign of my love and devotion to him, I let him take my digital camera with him. What was I thinking? If I had not done that, I could show my finished front and back of Halcyon Aran - it will have to wait.
So today, I will just ramble a bit about a subject which I have much experience with, brought up by Katy, ripping back Arans. Here are a couple tricks which I have found useful:
- If you decide to rip back, vs. tinking, go back until the end of the row of your mistake, and maybe another row. To pick up, you want wrong side is facing, and working yarn to your left. This way you will be picking up knit or purl stitches, rather than dealing with the cabled row. Resist the temptation to say to yourself "there goes yesterday's knitting, and the day before that, and the day before that...."
- Lay the work flat. It is best to minimize twisted stitches if you start from the left, but this only works with a circular - otherwise you have to start from the right. Use a smaller needle, preferably a slippery addi, just to get the stitches back on the needle - they will go on easier and you will have less splitting. Don't be an idiot by starting up again with the smaller needle.
- I just get them on and worry about any twisted stitches as I knit the next row.
If you need to unknit a sizable section, get out some double points. Unknit (I just did this back 16 rows!), put the live stitches on a double point and re-knit with a double point. I find the double points give me a lot more flexibility in which direction I want to work - smaller ones work well for the same reason as above.
I bet a lot of people have other great tips on this subject. Correcting mistakes can be fun. I usually start thinking really bad thoughts like "it's ruined!" and "there is NO WAY I can fix THIS!", and low and behold, in notta-lotta time I find myself right back to business. Well, better get preparing some pink delicious treat for dessert tonight! Great day, all!