Podcast 230 – Ripping vs. Unraveling

A cable crossing in the wrong direction, a dropped stitch, knit stitches that should have been purled. As knitters, we are all familiar with this heart wrenching moment, when we know that something has to be done before moving forward. This week, Kelley talks about both the physical and emotional impact of moving backwards and the difference between ripping a project back versus unraveling, where stitches are dropped and then reworked. Next, Kelley reviews a few of her recent favorite non-knitting books and chats about what projects are currently on her needles.

Reviewed Books:
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Six Years by Harlan Coben
Alice Waters and Chez Panisse by Thomas McNamee
The United States of Arugula by David
An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Lye in Wait by Cricket McRae
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman , narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

Kelley’s Pattern Picks:
Swarm of Bees by Lisa Kereliuk
Business Casual pattern by Tannis Fiber Arts
Diverged by Ariel Altaras
Funchal Mobius by Kate Davies
Canopus Magic Scarf by Alexis Winslow (from the Winsome Knits collection)

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  1. Lynda Kent / December 24, 2013

    You should try the artichoke socks pattern on ravelry. It’s a free pattern and easy and perfect for solid color yarns. This is my go to pattern for all my sock yarn even tonal and striped yarn but it is beautiful in solid colors especially. Enjoy

  2. PurrlGurrl / December 18, 2013

    I never rip out or unravel, I “knit back”.

    Just using that phrase in my head turns the act of undoing into a positive endeavor that is furthering my project to successful completion.

    To avoid the pain of realizing there’s a pressing need to “knit back” to correct a mistake, take the time to use lifelines routinely, even with plain stockinette or garter. That eliminates the fear of making it worse by unsuccessfully going back to make a fix.

    Sometimes we really do need to re-knit an entire section so that the the stitches AND THE GAUGE look right in the end.