Know When to Stop

Each week, I spend a bit of time working on Waterlily. It’s a fairly brainless project at this point. No increases. No decreases. Stockinette in the round, although my stockinette for this project is not “proper” and happens to include all twisted stitches, but more on that another day.

I pick up Waterlily when I have just a bit of time, unable to consider any other type of knitting might require thought. As straightforward as it may seem, mistakes can still happen.

It took me a while to notice. Three rows back. A stripe of fifty or so stitches.


I took pause. To fix or not to fix? I knew no one would notice but me.


No, definitely.

I recalled a post I had read a few weeks back about a galloping horse test, or something like that—if you wouldn’t be able to see the mistake from the back of a galloping horse passing by, it’s fine. Leave it be.

So I kept on. For another four rounds.

I got to thinking. That whole galloping horse thing is a load of bull. I wouldn’t see anything from the back of a galloping horse. I wouldn’t even notice if the people I was galloping past were wearing clothes or palm fronds. I would be too busy squeezing my eyes shut, praying.

I considered my options.

Option 1: Lifeline and unravel. Nope.

Option 2: Tink back 1,000 plus stitches. Nope.

Option 3: Proceed and leave well enough alone. I should. But nope. I just couldn’t. It was bothering me the way my husband’s dirty socks on the living room floor bother me. I just couldn’t ignore the affront.

Option 4: Unravel each column seven stitches. Fix the stitch and re-do the column. Maybe.

I tried just one column. Breath held. Knowing this is how it starts. This could be the doom of me…where it would all unravel if I liked it or not.

But it worked.

So I did another column. And another.

An hour and a half later, I am nearly two-thirds complete. But let this be the lesson: if you see a mistake and it is eating at you…and you are TRYING to ignore it but deep, deep down you know you just won’t be able to let it go. Just stop there. And fix it. Or take a break and then fix it. Because it is so much easier to redo three stitches in each column than seven. So, so much easier.


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