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Can’t add, can’t count, what can you do?
November 9th, 2008

You may not have noticed in the picture of letters D-H that there’s a mistake, but it’s there. (It’s a small picture, but if you know where to look you can see it.) It slowly filtered through my brain as I was working on borders. These squares have a variety of borders, so if the horizontal lines don’t line up, that doesn’t necessarily mean that there has been a mistake, but D and E do have the same border, so the lines at the bottom of those letters should line up. And I realized one day that they didn’t. Arrrgh. Yep, I’ve now added counting to my list of un-talents. The E should have 3 unstitched rows inside the top border above the figures, but I left 4. So this makes the bottom border 1 row too low. I picked out the bottom border stitches while I thought about what to do. The E didn’t take that long to stitch so I briefly considered redoing the whole thing, but it was so much work (because of the way I’m stitching) to rip the border stitches out that I quickly decided against that. I also considered just moving the border up, but there should be 2 rows between the figures and the border, and if there was only 1 row, I decided it would look too squeezed. Here’s what I did instead. The left side is the original, the right is my redo.

I picked out about the rowest 3 rows of stitches in the swirly things, then replaced them with 2 rows of stitches that taper off faster. Some of the figures are now on the flat side on the bottom, but I don’t think anyone will notice. This pattern has odd places where things aren’t symmetric where you would expect them to be, and some of the curves are much jaggier than they really need to be. (Sometimes I have smoothed out the curves; sometimes I’ve followed the chart.) I don’t really have a lot of emotional investment in this particular piece, so I’m satisfied with this solution.

4 Responses to “Can’t add, can’t count, what can you do?”
  1. From Alanna
    11 years, 8 months ago

    Wow, you really are such a clever thing! Now that’s thinking out of the box! I don’t think you should keep a list of un-talents at all! I think my solution would have been “oh well, no one will notice, who’s to say that border isn’t supposed to be off anyway?”. Nice going, Supergirl (we need to find you some stitchy superhero kind of name- Stitchergirl?)… Elementary, my dear Watson…

  2. From Julie T
    11 years, 8 months ago

    As I have said before, you are brilliant. And really, who among us has ever NOT made a mistake like this? (My guess is: no one.)

  3. From rifestitch
    11 years, 8 months ago

    It’s never a mistake, it’s a modification, or a personalization!! :) And it’s a great solution!! Even if you finish it and have it hanging in a place where you look at it every day, at some point, you’ll not be able to see it anymore – you’ll remember that you did it, but you may not be able to “see” it, especially as it is gorgeous either way!!! (Says she who has a huge “mod” in The Castle, that I was never able to find the original mistake, so carried it all the way across, and another one in Fall Carousel Horse from 12 years ago that I haven’t been able to find since I put it in a frame 10 years ago :) )

  4. From RYErnest
    11 years, 7 months ago

    Nice post u have here :D Added to my RSS reader

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