Knitting Project~ Life Lessons..

Remember the knitting project I told you about?

I knitted away happily following the pattern which I had adapted slightly..  The back first then fronts and sleeves. Dipping into the separate balls of yarn which came within the same batch lot of dye lot number in one large bag.  And as you knitter’s and those who crochet know, along with those of us who decorate and choose our wall paper, we need to ensure the dye-lot numbers are the same, or shading can take place. And my choice of Pink glitter wool was all the same batch number it was in the same bag.. 

Most rainy afternoons as the light began to fail I would knit happily away long into the evenings, often by lamp light each stitch lovingly placed from one needle to the next.

Everything progressing nicely along. All the panels knitted, I then start the rib to sew it all in place to the front panels.. I join the shoulders and knitted the collar edging and that was sewn in place around the neck..   And  I think  nearly there now, nearly finished as I put it down for the evening. 

The next morning the Sunlight is bright so I  and sit near the patio door as I happily threaded my yarn in the needle to sew up the side panels..  I thought I would admire my handy work as I laid it over my knee..

It was then my stomach plunged .. No way… as I looked at my masterpiece. One panel on the front  had  changed shade at yoke level.. I dove into my knitting bag pulling out the remaining yarn and pulling out to the paper sleeves which the yarn have been encased in..  Yes each number matched.. Yet all the remaining yarn was a darker shade..  Then I remembered I had changed my yarn ball as it had run out at that point. So it appears the yarn was not bagged correctly in a batch, that is the only conclusion as the back and front panels up to that point had been lighter.

But it’s no use pointing blame. A solution had to be found.. I didn’t have enough yarn left to redo both fronts, So how to make it match?..

Well there was only one thing I could think of; I would have to unpick the collar edging and the front panel rib of the side that was the same colour and unpick the rows back until it measured the same as the other side front where the shading had occurred and re-join the yarn there so both yolks matched in shade from the same point.  

So below is the result.. You can see the shade change at the yoke.. And  why did my knitting remind me of life lessons..

You can clearly see the yoke change of colour which I had to match up after unpicking

You can clearly see the yoke change of colour which I had to match up after unpicking

Well sometimes we work away not really taking notice of things until they go wrong.. And it’s no good us jumping up in arms shouting and apportioning blame. What’s done is done..

We have to find solutions to problems and work our way through them.. And yes sometimes it may seem like we are working backwards as we undo what work has already been done. But sometimes it’s necessary in order to find balance..

If we want things to be right sometimes we have to learn from our mistakes and without our mistakes we would never learn.

 Wishing you all a beautiful weekend 

~Sue~

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  1. Heartafire
    Nov 12, 2016 @ 18:51:43

    That’s a love work of art and a message that is spot on! Thank you dear Sue!🙂❤

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  2. Visionkeeper
    Nov 12, 2016 @ 19:00:26

    It looks like that is the way you intended it to be, two tone…Looks good as it is…What a shocker for you!!!! VK🙂

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  3. litebeing
    Nov 12, 2016 @ 19:15:47

    absolutely true and great metaphor with your knitting.
    ❤ Linda

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  4. Tom Merriman
    Nov 12, 2016 @ 19:20:27

    Ah well, Sue – it all turned out right in the end… and you gave yourself a little extra knitting time as well! It looks good, by the way. Hope you’re having a good weekend, Sue.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Nov 13, 2016 @ 17:33:18

      Thank you Tom, yes needed extra time.. And thank you yes the weekend has been great.. Walking this morning, sorting out some planting of pansies we had grown and potting up.. So lots have kept me busy xx

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  5. MrsCraft
    Nov 12, 2016 @ 19:32:03

    What a brilliant sentiment, it’s so true

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  6. MrsCraft
    Nov 12, 2016 @ 19:32:34

    Even if sometimes it’s easier to be grumpy at the time! The cardigan is rather nice too. 😊

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Nov 13, 2016 @ 17:35:51

      Yes Its easy to get grumpy, seems the world at the moment is expert at it.. LOL.. But it wouldn’t solve anything.. So you just get on with things and work through them.. It comes from at one time being a Training Manager with lots of teams to run in manufacturing.. if something went wrong it was my job to find out how to put it right..🙂 xxx

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  7. L. M. B.
    Nov 12, 2016 @ 19:35:28

    One dosnt have to able to knit or? :0)

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  8. Writing to Freedom
    Nov 12, 2016 @ 19:53:45

    Timely life lessons from you and the knitting project.🙂 Thanks Sue.

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  9. IreneDesign2011
    Nov 12, 2016 @ 20:01:58

    You are so right Sue, we need to find a solution instead of react negative.
    Beautiful cardigan and you placed so much love in this artwork🙂
    Much love and a bright weekend for you, Irene❤

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  10. Val Boyko
    Nov 12, 2016 @ 20:44:38

    Such wisdom in those words Sue. Such talent and creativity to make it work out. Nicely done 💝

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  11. nonsmokingladybug
    Nov 12, 2016 @ 20:58:21

    I love this!

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  12. Sue Dreamwalker
    Nov 12, 2016 @ 21:26:40

    Reblogged this on Dreamwalker's Garden and commented:

    The garden spade has been swapped for the knitting needles.. Wishing you all a Wonderful weekend. ~Sue~

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  13. Mark Lanesbury
    Nov 12, 2016 @ 21:32:33

    Well done Sue, but I might stick with web coding, waaaaay easier than knitting, plus the end result is much prettier to see 😀

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  14. slmret
    Nov 12, 2016 @ 21:34:20

    Looks like it’s meant to be — a perfect solution!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Nov 13, 2016 @ 17:44:17

      Aww thank you so much for your lovely visit, and yes it matches now thankfully.. And we can all find a solution with a little patience lol.. And that is what the world at the moment seems to be lacking.. Many thanks again xx

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  15. Erika Kind
    Nov 12, 2016 @ 21:37:12

    I love your solution and I love the lesson to it! Whatever challenge may appear should always be seen as an inspiration for our creativity!

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  16. mihrank
    Nov 12, 2016 @ 23:08:43

    wonderful efforts, great challenge and your work is highly appreciate it.

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  17. insearchofitall
    Nov 13, 2016 @ 01:10:41

    You really pulled this off. Great metaphor for what’s going on in the world now. So well appreciated..

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  18. Cathy
    Nov 13, 2016 @ 01:13:55

    Well done Sue – I’m catching up with blogs I haven’t visited for a while and see you at your best again. ‘Where there’s a will there’s a way springs to mind’

    One of my mothers saying was – a lesson learnt was a lesson never forgotten. I spoke of a knitting lesson learnt in a recent post – I’m hoping I don’t forget it🙂
    Take care
    Cathy

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  19. dgkaye
    Nov 13, 2016 @ 02:18:02

    A beautiful message Sue. Sometimes we have to take a step backwards to correct and move forward. Beautiful analogy, and beautiful little sweater.❤ xo

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  20. Angie
    Nov 13, 2016 @ 02:40:12

    Oh, Sue! I know only too well how your stomach felt when you saw this. And I also know the frustration of picking out those stitches and re-doing them. What a pain! But what a lovely result you achieved! I’m about to reblog this one so my Facebook friends can read it also. Bless you, and have a wonderful weekend and a lovely new week.❤❤❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Nov 13, 2016 @ 18:04:37

      Aww thank you Angie.. Yes it is tedious work unpicking and then pulling back, but it got sorted.. And both you and I know when we put our minds to sorting something out anything is possible.. With patience and perseverance .. Thank you for your lovely presence today .. Hugs your way xx

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      • Angie
        Nov 13, 2016 @ 21:11:48

        Oh yes, we do both know it. Sometimes there is such peace in the tedium though. It makes it all worthwhile when the garment is finished and it looks so lovely.

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        • Sue Dreamwalker
          Nov 14, 2016 @ 12:53:26

          I had some scrapes of wool left, and dug into my knitting collection of other scraps of wool this morning Angie.. And knitted a skirt, jumper and poncho for Barbie doll and a thick chunky jumper for Ken..🙂 I know one little girl who will be happen when she sleeps over this evening🙂

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          • Angie
            Nov 15, 2016 @ 19:06:00

            I often did that when my daughter was small and had her dolls. They always needed new clothes and the Barbie was so much fun to make clothes for. Ken was more of a challenge for me, but doable.

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            • Sue Dreamwalker
              Nov 16, 2016 @ 13:25:38

              I knitted him a chunky sweater🙂 with hoody lol🙂

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            • Angie
              Nov 17, 2016 @ 11:41:33

              What a cute idea. How many stitches across–4 or 5???

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            • Sue Dreamwalker
              Nov 17, 2016 @ 14:40:59

              I used small knitting needles Angie with 15 sts to start a 2 row rib I increased to 19 as I worked to below the arms, then decreased each side until I had 4 sts left on back, I made front with a V in it and reglan sleeves joining all at neck edge with stitches left on front one top of each sleeve .. It serves to roll down like a large collar or open up to put up as hood.. I should maybe take a picture then post it🙂

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            • Angie
              Nov 19, 2016 @ 21:52:56

              Sorry for my absence, Sue. I’ve been coughing my lungs up. Allergies. I would love to see a picture of it. It sounds so cute and I just can’t imagine it. Please do post one.

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            • Sue Dreamwalker
              Nov 21, 2016 @ 11:20:17

              I took some yesterday Angie.. hope to post on my gardening blog xxx🙂 Soon
              I hope you soon feel better my friend please do take care xxx

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            • Angie
              Nov 21, 2016 @ 17:11:15

              You may have to let me know when it posts, Sue. My great-grandson has been diagnosed with leukemia and I’m a little bit preoccupied at the moment, but will be posting updates off and on as information about his condition beome available. Hugs, xoxo❤

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            • Sue Dreamwalker
              Nov 21, 2016 @ 20:18:29

              Oh no Angie… you and your Great Grandson and family are held within my prayers my friend xx

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  22. silentlyheardonce
    Nov 13, 2016 @ 04:40:10

    You did an excellent job. I love the buttons.

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  23. Paul Handover
    Nov 13, 2016 @ 05:43:21

    We are all knitted so close together. (Sorry; couldn’t resist.)

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  24. Beverley
    Nov 13, 2016 @ 08:03:58

    Well done, that is very pretty. I wish i had the ability to knit for hours, but i can normally persist for an hour before i have to give up,

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Nov 13, 2016 @ 18:10:16

      Thank you Beverley, hope you are well,, Yes I try not to sit for too long, but the wet afternoons and evenings were put aside for this.. I will make sure though in future to look at the wool more often in daylight lol.. A lesson learned🙂

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  25. sara
    Nov 13, 2016 @ 10:43:03

    That is one beautiful jumper Sue – exquisite work. I especially love how we can see the macro in the micro and vice versa, if you get my meaning🙂

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  26. The Emu
    Nov 13, 2016 @ 10:57:23

    Your knitting is beautiful Sue, I am now become quite adept at judging knitting, Ana has just completed a beautiful Dress and Bolero for our Granddaughter Rayen, the pattern is beautiful and I am informed on its progress quite regularly.
    Cheers.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Nov 13, 2016 @ 18:16:36

      LOL.. and I hope you get a photo back from your little granddaughter to share her in it ..🙂 You will know when not to interrupt then Ian when we are counting! LOL.. hehe…❤ Give my Love to Ana… I hope she is well xxx

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  27. Bill
    Nov 13, 2016 @ 13:15:31

    I’ve learned from my mistakes. And I’ve made so many of them that I’ve learned quite a bit.🙂

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  28. April
    Nov 13, 2016 @ 14:16:17

    Perfect. I would tear the whole thing out and start anew. I like your plan to adjust. I don’t always have to start over to make something work….I work with what I have. Beautiful sweater, by the way.

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  29. Soul Fields
    Nov 13, 2016 @ 14:28:09

    Reblogged this on SOUL FIELDS and commented:
    Everyday life offers us great metaphors.🙂

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  30. becca givens
    Nov 13, 2016 @ 14:45:50

    Sue, such a great metaphor! The sweater is gorgeous, and looks to me as intentional color change. I love it, and would wear it with pride and appreciation. ❤

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  31. mihrank
    Nov 13, 2016 @ 18:07:37

    well done, impressive details, fascinating hard work…

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  32. narf7
    Nov 13, 2016 @ 18:22:32

    Nobody ever learned anything from being perfect. I love the different colour on the yoke. It looks like you meant to do it😉. Seriously, I have learned SO much from my stuff ups and having to go back and figure out a way to fix them up that I am actually starting to see them as educational tools😉

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Nov 13, 2016 @ 18:33:19

      Haha.. thanks Fran.. Yes over the years I too have learnt many lessons.. From Many mistakes.. My sewing days of making dresses were often fraught with them.. Zips were always a struggle in the beginning invisible ones.. Then later on in my work days I ended up putting thousands of hidden zips in pockets of trainers and jackets..🙂 Lol…
      I learnt a lot from those early mistakes🙂

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  33. lorriebowden
    Nov 13, 2016 @ 19:49:02

    I love you so much, Sue! And I can actually feel the way you felt when you first noticed the difference. This is clearly a case, as it is most times, of the final outcome being better than what we originally envisioned. And to liken it to life in general…BRILLIANT!! Much love…many blessings ♡♡♡

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  34. balroop2013
    Nov 13, 2016 @ 21:40:13

    Little things around us carry profound lessons Sue and we may consider ourselves wiser at this juncture of life yet life never ceases to remind that there is more…and much more to learn! I am glad you noticed before you had given the finishing touches to that lovely piece! Many thanks for sharing.🙂 Love and blessings to both the knitter and the wearer.🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Nov 14, 2016 @ 12:56:08

      Thank you Balroop.. yes when we wake up to life’s guideness we see many lessons are presented in many ways. The Signs are always there for us to read.. And it never fails to amaze me how often we are shown things this way.. When we take notice, and become aware All things are interconnected within the world..
      Love and Huge hugs Balroop.. Thank you❤ x

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  35. stephensmustang1
    Nov 14, 2016 @ 01:40:51

    I love your sweater and your solution–it was brilliant.
    Yes, if we’d just ‘simmer down’ as Little Cutie says and work out a solution how much easier much of our lives would be.
    Love and hugs to you, my friend.

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  36. Hannah (BitterSweet)
    Nov 14, 2016 @ 02:51:28

    You recovered from that setback so gracefully, you’d never know there was any trouble at all from looking at the finished sweater! It’s simple beautiful. Anyone would be lucky to wear it.

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  37. voulaah
    Nov 14, 2016 @ 09:16:40

    Absolutely true Sue and wonderful effort
    thank you for good sharing, I enjoy knitting
    Kisses

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  38. Maria Wind Talker
    Nov 14, 2016 @ 13:10:37

    Excellent insight, i just said this to a friend today: ‘If we want things to be right sometimes we have to learn from our mistakes and without our mistakes we would never learn’.
    thank you for the confirmation❤ xxx

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  39. prenin
    Nov 14, 2016 @ 18:48:58

    Good recovery hun!🙂

    Yes, life does indeed throw the odd curve ball, but you fixed it and that’s the main thing!🙂

    Lovely piece of work my friend!!!🙂❤

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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  40. belasbrightideas
    Nov 15, 2016 @ 01:29:30

    Lovely sweater, Sue! What a labor of love, and I would never know what problems you faced in completing the garment!😀

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  41. suzicate
    Nov 15, 2016 @ 23:57:51

    I think it is pretty as is! However, don’t depend on the fact that I can’t tell a difference in the color because my eyesight often leads me astray in project…I wish I could blame it on the light. I try working with contacts, then glasses, and then with nothing and I haven’t found a tried and true method; mostly depends on the medium I’m working with and distance my eyes are from the project.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Nov 16, 2016 @ 13:23:55

      Yes my eyesight is not as it once was.. Which is a good reminder I need to make an appointment at the opticians as a reminder came through the post last month. .. So I will take this as my Sign..🙂 love and Hugs Suzi xx

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  42. Maria F.
    Nov 16, 2016 @ 12:11:06

    How precious!

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  43. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    Nov 17, 2016 @ 23:05:03

    It looks pretty, Sue, especially the buttons ❤. I just loved your message at the end. It is a lesson of life for all…🙂

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  44. europasicewolf
    Nov 17, 2016 @ 23:19:41

    What we perceive to be a calamity lol with the right handling can become something wonderful🙂 Like your knitting! It may not have gone quite to plan but it looks lovely and now it’s your own unique design with the adjustments you had to make, so elegantly🙂 Unplanned creativity in nature can be very beautiful too and this is often reflected in our own tumultuous lives. These little issues can help us step into a new form of uniqueness that we would never have known we had otherwise🙂 Wolfie hugs xx

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  45. Jacqueline King
    Nov 18, 2016 @ 08:23:29

    Creative solution Sue ~ the cardigan is lovely and the subtle colour change looks intended. Great lessons too!🙂

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  46. lavendermoongirlblog
    Nov 21, 2016 @ 21:35:20

    Very pretty Sue. You are very clever! LolXx

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  47. messupdressup03
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 01:36:12

    Wow! Its beautiful ❤️

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  48. anitashree
    Nov 30, 2016 @ 11:30:09

    I missed your blog posts…with all the new ones being posted every day for Nano Poblano! I’m glad Soul Fields reblogged this..hehe. I think the sweater is gorgeous. And the Japanese work culture is known for it..to not blame but to look for solutions. And sometimes…the outcomes can look better because of that mistake and the solutions taken🙂

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