Spring Lace-Along Week 5: Failure

blocking a blue knitted lace swatch with blocking pins

Welcome to the start of week five in the Spring Lace-Along. And my status? Nothing. Nadda. Negative, Ghost Rider, pattern is full. Failure was the only option.

Life did what it always does-throws curveballs, deadlines, hiccups, and changes. It certainly wasn’t a terrible week, but when I look at my untouched Lace-Along project, I feel that small sense of failure. Add my untouched project to the fact I had to rip ¼ of a shawl sample due to poor planning, and well…. A stronger sense of failure.

That’s not a word one likes to hear. But it’s also not a word we can escape or avoid (If we did, we’d have a fresh set of problems.).

It sounds so cliché and so lame, but I’m going to say it anyway (especially since my ego needs the reminder), but without failure, we do not grow.

without failure, we do not grow

  • If had never dropped so many stitches, I would never have learned how to pick them up.
  • If I had never skipped a yarn over, I would have never learned to re-create it.
  • If I have never skimmed too fast over the text and messed up, I would have never learned how to read charts.

And right now … If I had never missed this whole week of Lace-Along knitting, I would never sit down and re-evaluate my priorities.


If you’re on track with your lace project, let me know! And I’d also love to know what you’ve flubbed in your fibre arts journey and what you’ve gained from it.

PS—I’m LOVING the photos of your projects on Instagram! Keep up the tagging with your SGY project and/or yarn so I can stay up to date on your progress.


About Tabetha Hedrick

Tabetha Hedrick, Design Director for SweetGeorgia Yarns, lives by the belief that joy comes when fully participating in the present moment. And that joy is ever so easy to find when immersed in the world of fibre! When not knitting, writing, editing, or researching, she fills the time raising two girls, two dogs, and one husband in Tennessee.

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4 thoughts on “Spring Lace-Along Week 5: Failure

  1. Sandi says:

    This is a perfect post for me this week. My lace along is a flubbed project, my 2020 knit shawl Advent calendar from Sweet Georgia. A year and a half ago I had never done lace, increases, short rows???? I had to Google them and guess. So unsurprisingly, I absolutely failed. It’s messy, so many dropped or extra?? stitches… I don’t even know where I was in the pattern when I stopped. My partner talked me into trying again in 2021, I was really down on myself and told myself not to waste my money. I was so glad I did it though, I successfully completed a BEAUTIFUL shawl in 2021, and for this lace along I decided to rip the whole 2020 calendar back and re-cast on a fresh start.

    1. Oh my goodness! I love this post, Sandi. Yes, sometimes, learning new skills (including confidence levels) always helps me to come back and try again. I can’t wait to hear about your re-do.

  2. Joyce Hertzoff says:

    I didn’t exactly fail, but I’m a long way from finishing my lace shawl. It’s about 7 inches deep, about the size of a small kerchief. I decided to create my own pattern but since I’m a pantser as a writer, I’ve also done this the same way. It’s working out finally and I have ideas for the next two sections. We’ll see what they look like after I’ve done them. I don’t think I would ever have tried to come up with my own pattern without this lace along. Thanks, Tabetha.

    1. Creating your own pattern is such an in-depth process, so taking a little longer there is NOT a fail! I can’t wait to see how it turns out for you! Be sure to email it to us.

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