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scarfitup Posted - 03/05/2013 : 05:41:44 AM
I need some encouragement! I'm a fiber artist in knit, crochet, and felt who needs some new inspiration. I design my own work, rarely use patterns, and if I do it's only to learn a new stitch design. So it's always difficult for me to get it right!

Right now in this change of season, I'm desperate to find some new inspiration to create new designs for Spring and Summer. I cannot tell you how many times I've begun and then frogged several projects I have in mind - with new stitches. I'm not one to give up easily, and I'm waiting for the muscle memory to kick in. BUT....!

Is there a way to pick up rows of stitches that contain yarn-overs? To have completed 10" of work and then discover that there's a mistake and I cannot pick it up. I need technical help here!

BTW, Pinterest is the best source of inspiration! If you're not already using it, try it! You'll soon be addicted too!

Thanks, everyone, for your help here!

Scarf It Up!
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scarfitup Posted - 03/07/2013 : 09:09:14 AM
Merci, Klara! Try using Pinterest for LOTS of inspiration! I have a whole board of "Inspire ME!"

Perhaps these can help you too! Or just do a search for ideas in knit, crochet, or whatever!

Scarf It Up!
Kade1301 Posted - 03/06/2013 : 04:25:32 AM
As for inspiration in general: I had plenty of wonderful ideas two years ago when I had absolutely NO time to execute any of them. Of course I wrote them down, but now, when I have time, they don't inspire me any more...

Maybe I should start cleaning the house (boring manual jobs help me think)...

Bye, Klara
scarfitup Posted - 03/05/2013 : 08:13:32 AM
Thank you , Jane, for your words of encouragement! I will take a look at this book. I did rip out (it's just a scarf - the easiest thing to do when trying a new design!) to the mistake and beyond, but with the YOs, I gave up after MANY tries. Before long I was almost back to the beginning, so I'll start again another time.

Generally with the style of my work (freeform is my preference!), I can get away with just incorporating the error into the design. But it would be great if I could manage a new technique!

Thanks again!

Scarf It Up!
Jane Posted - 03/05/2013 : 06:19:37 AM
There's a detailed explanation of how to correct all kinds of mistakes in The Principles of Knitting, even ones that originated in an increase such as a yarn-over. If there's a section that needs to be separated and re-worked in order to correct a mistake, the author recommends that you carefully weigh the options. Will it take more time to re-work the section which is tedious and can be tricky or will it be faster in the long run to frog back to the mistake and get a fresh start?

I've been in your position before, and it's not pleasant! If you know your pattern well, and you have a clear idea of where the repair needs to begin, then you might be able to make a repair without wanting to throw the knitting into the trash. Or, you might need to step away from it for a bit, work on something else, and come back when you're ready to face it again!

I've been knitting for (oh my gosh!) 35 years, and I still encounter situations where I have to really stop and think. And the new edition of Principles of Knitting has made it so much easier to find solutions to any knitting problem or question, so I highly recommend it. It's not something I can toss into my knitting bag, but it's always right where I can get to it.

Good luck with whatever you decide, Louise!


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