What’s wrong with this picture?
Wednesday June 11th 2008, 11:44 am
Filed under: Knit

diamonds are NOT hard substances!When I was a kid, Where’s Waldo hadn’t been dreamed up yet, and if you finished reading your book while waiting for the dentist to finish working on your sister so he could get to you, what you could find in that office for entertainment, well, let’s see. There were parents’ magazines and there was the little kids’ magazine to stave off boredom–but it was definitely for little kids and was felt as an insult to anyone over nine. BORINGGGG. Holiday, I think it was called. I well remember the “find what’s wrong with this picture” page and wishing it had something at least challenging on it.

So. Yesterday I picked up my knitting and tried to make up for lost time from Monday’s mess. I was pleased with myself at how much I was getting done while still playing hostess I think okay.

My brain must have been on Holiday.

It hit me. The whole day’s worth of knitting. Right there in front of me, the whole time, the whole day, every time I’d picked it up and put it down, and I hadn’t noticed.

The diamond I’d been working on is the one that would be at the center of the body of the shawl.

What would you do? Would you continue the one center diamond as a solid, then from there turn the diamonds upside down and continue with the open-mesh part pointing down now rather than up? Kind of like a fair isle, with a solid Charlie Brown zigzag across the center and then matching zig zag openwork lines above and below, marking definite horizontal lines across the body of the shawl? Or do I frog it and go do the Constance pattern as it was meant to be.


Opportunity, or, oh crud. Note that frogging two strands is always fun when you have to figure out how and what to wrap it around as you undo, but note also that it is well worth if it needs to be reknit.

I think there’s a jumping amphibian in my immediate future.

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Ribbit! ribbit!

I remember Richard Scary’s books had a little worm character that would hsow up on every page somewhere. My little sister loved finding him.

Comment by Carol 06.11.08 @ 1:41 pm

I would have to think about if I could live with and maybe even enjoy the pattern as it mutated.. If I COULDN’T live with it, I would frog it.

I’ve seldom regretted frogging, but have occasionally regretted letting something be. not always, but occasionally.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 06.11.08 @ 1:52 pm


I stared at this for three whole minutes, and I can’t tell what you did wrong.

Galloping horses.

Comment by kristine 06.11.08 @ 3:21 pm

The top of the new row of diamonds should be full of knit two togethers, yo’s, and ssk’s rather than a blank solid.

Comment by AlisonH 06.11.08 @ 3:29 pm

I am the wrong person to ask, because even if you can’t see a problem, the fact that I know it exists is enough to make me rip out knitting.

Comment by Toni 06.11.08 @ 4:47 pm

The magazine is Highlights…

Hmmm… if it will bug ya, frog it.

Comment by Amanda 06.11.08 @ 8:40 pm

Highlights! That’s it! Thank you, Amanda. Highlights For Children. How could I forget.

Comment by AlisonH 06.11.08 @ 9:29 pm

I’m with Diana. If you can live with the mistake, don’t sweat it. BUT if it would bug the living daylights out of you every time you saw it after completion, so that the mistake was all you ever saw when looking at it, then do frog it. I confess, I’m in that category myself, when it comes to a knitted mistake. Maybe it doesn’t show so much but I would always know it was there, and it would assume unrealistically gigantic proportions. You probably don’t want to ask how I learned this about myself. Tee-hee.

My uncle, who was an optometrist, sent me a subscription to Highlights magazine for years. Occasionally there was a bit of fiction that interested me, but beyond that I really only card to read the comics. “The Timbertoes” and “Goofus and Gallant.” I wished the Timbertoes stories were longer and not quite so lacking-in-substance.

Comment by Paula 06.12.08 @ 4:35 am

I can’t really see it. But that may be because I am sitting here trying to see without any glasses on.

Comment by Sonya 06.12.08 @ 4:55 am

My mom and the Frogs get along really well 🙂 Maybe she can speak with them on your behalf and they will make the pond not quite so deep for ya LOL!

Comment by Danielle from SW MO 06.12.08 @ 6:04 am

Oh well. Since I know what you’ve already done, I just hope that today you and Constance “play nicely” together!

Comment by Channon 06.12.08 @ 6:43 am

I smiled at kristine and sonya’s comments. Maybe you didn’t make a mistake, just a new jazz pattern! Still very pretty!

Comment by Lynn 06.12.08 @ 6:51 am

You know you will end up frogging it, because you will ALWAYS see it glaring at you…

Comment by Sandra 06.12.08 @ 7:55 am

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