A few months ago when I was working on the Through the Loops Mystery Sock, I became quite enamored with the mosaic knitting method.
If you’re not familiar with this method, it’s pretty fun. You only knit with one color every row, passing stitches from a second color by so that you get this cool connected effect like you see above in the two color section. I really wanted to revisit this method again and found another pattern to do it with. Pucker by General Hogbuffer looked super cool and just what I wanted! It took me a few months to get to them, but was happy to finally cast on a few weeks ago.
All was sort of well for the first few inches. And then the troubles started. Firstly, the yarn I was using was beginning to annoy me. It was splitty and I was having to fix a lot of stitches, which was slowing me down and preventing me from getting a good rhythm. Then, the colors in the multi colored yarn started changing in such a way that I was having a hard time distinguishing between the two. I thought I could overlook these things once I got to the heel, though. Surely, if I just persevered, things would fall into place and it would all be ok. Somehow, I would become ok with the splittiness and the colors would pass by and look better. (I can see all you veteran knitters shaking your heads here:)
I think we all know where this was heading. Oh, I did get to the heel. In fact, I even knit the heel.
The first time, I got all the way through the gusset pickups when I noticed that I had not got the last 6 rows of the color patterning right on the leg. I would have let it pass if it were not for the fact that those wrong stitches would be front and center of the design and I could not continue and make it look like it was supposed to.
It took me a whole evening to rip it out, pick up all the stitches and knit the color pattern correctly. Then, last night, I knit the heel again. Only, when I got to the part where I needed to turn the heel (my favorite part), I discovered that I had knit the wrong number of heel stitches. Again, I could not let it go because then the pattern would not be nicely continuous. Sigh.
I ripped it out again and cried uncle. Honestly, I love the pattern, but I was really hating the yarn. I could not bear the thought of picking up those stitches and knitting the heel again. And you know what? I am always telling people that life is too short to knit with yarn or patterns that we don’t love. I want to knit with love, not anger or frustration.
I pulled out the yarn that I bought last week at the MD sheep and wool festival that I bought for Helical socks and decided they would also be perfect for this pattern. So far, I only have a couple of rows, but I am loving the yarn combination so much more already. We’ll see how it goes.
The lesson here? Knit what you love.