I finished the left front and then put the unblocked fronts and back of the entrelac sweater together with KnitKlips to see how the colors looked. [Those KnitKlips are truly wonderful things.] I tried to balance the yellow on the right front with yellow rectangles on the left front, and I think it makes the arrangement of colors more balanced. I’m also going to try to get some yellow into the collar and button bands, as well as in the sleeves, so it will seem a more integral part of the fabric than it did with just one front. So no ripping this time.
I don’t shun ripping the way so many knit bloggers do—and, in fact, one of my initial surprises in reading about the experiences of so many bloggers was the lengths some knitters go to as a way to avoid ripping. Perhaps being a rather compulsive knitter I just think of ripping as a way of life, just as I consider writing as something that is intended for revision (and revision, and revision). I have been awed at the photos of fixing a problem in lace or reversing a cable, because I suspect it is beyond any skill I have now or might ever possess.
One word about my dorky appearance in the photo. As DH, who has been my uncredited photographer in most of the previous photos of my FOs and hands, was taking this picture, he was making jokes about helping me “fix” the sweater by cutting off all the trailing ends—ends that I’ve carefully left for finishing the shoulders and for holding the live stitches at the top and bottoms of these pieces. DH is rather mystified by the “rules” for ends. I also left long ends on the intarsia sweater, which I cut off after weaving them in. He had never seen so many in the wastebasket and decided that they must have landed there by accident, and he fished them out to give back to me. I tried to explain that these were long so I could weave them in using a yarn needle, and it was ok that there was so much thrown away. I think this just added to the confusion, and it has confirmed his hunch that it is better not to ask questions about knitting.