We all make mistakes, and most times they are salvageable!
The other day I had a craving for Coconut Curry Meatballs. I found a recipe online that looked so good, I couldn't wait to get home to cook dinner! Here, I'll link the recipe here:
When I got home that night, I headed straight to the kitchen to start cooking. I mixed the turkey and sausage in a bowl, I combined the spices and the almond flour, then the egg, and made almost 2 dozen meatballs. I popped the tray into the oven, set the timer, and started in on the sauce.
After about 30 minutes I glanced at my ipad, and realized I never hit the "start" button for the timer! "Dang it, I've just ruined the meatballs!" Opening the oven door, I pulled out the tray, and examined the damage. The bottom of the tray was burnt, and some of the meatballs had burned spots, but when I cut into one, it tasted fine.
"It'll be ok. It's all mixed into the coconut curry sauce anyways, so no one will know the difference!" I said to myself.
During dinner I asked my Faithful Sherpa, what he thought. "It's really good." I told him about the timer episode, he just laughed and said, "well, if you hadn't told me, I would have never known."
So why am I telling you about my almost disastrous dinner? It seemed like a good reminder that even though you think the "mistake" we just made ruined everything, it doesn't!
Several years ago, I knit myself one of Morehouse Designs Grace Kelly Scarves.
While digging thru my stash, I found the perfect yarn. I have no idea, though, who it's by, or what the fiber content is since it was just a ball of yarn without a label. But I thought it would work perfect for the scarf.
One night, I put a movie on TV, and started knitting. The pattern is a relatively easy one, stockinette stitch with yarn overs as increases. After two movies, I was done.
The next morning, I took a closer look at my work, and found some. . .well. . .I call them embellishments.
They're mistakes really. I didn't want to rip out the work so instead, I made them into embellishments by sewing on beads covering up the mistakes.
I'm always telling new knitters not to fret, or get frustrated when they make a mistake. Most of the time, you can fix them. And if you can't, well, just don't sweat it. Who cares if you've added a stitch to the edging to your scarf. It's still something you created, and you should be proud of what you've accomplished!
Julie Knits in Paris, a fabulous and funny knitwear designer summed it up perfectly in her instagram video.
Sung to the tune of Let it Go
Don't feel guilty
no one will see
Your stitch count's not what it should be
If you don't tell, No one will know
There is a flaw
Let it go, let it go
Never mind, it doesn't show
Let it go, let it go
There is beauty in this row
Just embrace that it was born this way
And you'll be ok
It's only knitting anyway