We all hate ripping back a knitting project after having spent some time on it already. When you have a deadline it is even worse because you know you may be cutting it close. But it isn't always a bad thing.
Since my last post, I have taken the plunge and undone all of the scarf I started for my mother. Those had been many hours of work, but I hated how long the pattern took to knit and I didn't enjoy it one bit. Despite being quite simple to knit, the fact that I had to use 2 mm needles just made it unbearable.
So I went ahead and ripped back totally and started over. I decided to use a lace stitch pattern instead that would knit up quickly on slightly larger needles. I went through my reliable knitting library that I only have in German, but the original is English: "300 Strickmuster leicht erklärt & schnell gestickt", by Lesley Stanfield.
What I like about the book is that the stitch patterns are charted, which I prefer. There are no written instructions at all. After a bit of maths I cast on and off I went! I have made so much progress in so little time already that this scarf will definitely get done before Christmas. I think I have now knitted nearly half of the scarf in only a few days.
So things are coming along nicely. How is your Christmas knitting doing?