Since I'm pretty sure stating out loud what this project actually is would spoil a Christmas surprise for a reader, I won't tell you what it is. But I want to tell you a little about it anyway.
I do believe I was approximately 50% finished with the project when I ripped it all out last night. It's hard to rip out an entire project when you are 50% finished with it. However, when I KNOW there are mistakes in it, and it's going to be a gift, I just can't leave it. Maybe one little mistake I could leave. But there were a few mistakes in this piece. I'm pretty sure the recipient wouldn't notice, but I would notice. I would notice every time I saw him/her with this secret item. I knew I'd be much happier with the end product if I started over. There was no question. It takes too long to knit something that might not be worn due to a few ugly mistakes.
So I handed it to Andy last night and told him to have at it. It was like Christmas for him. Or like giving him a full sheet of bubble wrap and telling him he could pop all the bubbles. He loves unraveling yarn, but really, who doesn't?
On a side note, the kids fight over who gets to unravel the sweaters I buy at Savers. What? Is that weird? Maybe so, but I tell you what. If I want some cashmere yarn, I really don't feel like ordering it online for $30 per 50 yard skein. A few months ago I found a cashmere sweater at Savers for $4. I brought it home, washed it, and took it apart. I now have enough cashmere yarn to make something scrumptious and soft, for $4. Just waiting for the right pattern to fall into my lap for that stuff. I can't wait! One of these days I'm going to get brave and try overdying some of the yarn I've reclaimed. Um, after I clean my house. hehe.
Anyway, Andy unraveled and re-wound the yarn last night on the ball winder, and I began again on the project, making a few changes that I thought would make it better. That is another reason for me to justify ripping something out - sometimes I get ideas that will look better (in my opinion) than the way the designer wrote out the pattern. I think of the ripped work as a practice run. At least that's what I tell myself when I think about the time I've already put into it. If I've learnend something, it was not a waste of time. I will be happier with the finished product, which makes it worth it. Sure, it's kind of a bummer to only be 10 rows in instead of however many I was before last night, but it's all good. It's only October, right??? Plenty of time until Christmas...