To the knitting, that is. I was making excellent progress over the weekend with my mohair puffy vest thingy...
and I knew I was approaching the length I wanted to the armhole. So I slipped all the stitches to a longer circular needle and tried it on.
I was significantly larger than I had planned. There was an extra 4 inches circumference at the bust - and that just wasn't the look I was aiming for.
So I closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and pulled the thing off the needles.
This takes courage.
I coach students on this all the time... if you're going to hate the result, if it's not going to fit, if it's not going to be what you want - ultimately, if you're never going to wear it - then it's not worth finishing. You should have the courage of your convictions to start over again.
But that doesn't mean it's easy or fun.
There's a secondary lesson here - it's always a good idea to check your progress as you're going. Measure the piece once in a while to make sure it's actually the size (and indeed shape) it's supposed to be. If I'd checked earlier, I could have saved myself some time.
Still, I'd rather have spent the extra time to get the garment I want.
So with fewer stitches, I'm making faster progress, and am well on my way to completing this thing.
(Add to list of things that make for difficult and boring photography: black mohair knitting projects in progress.)