Knitting a pattern on which you have to concentrate – including regularly counting up to four – while watching the men’s Wimbledon final is, for the record, inadvisable. Especially when the final, including rain breaks, lasts for six hours. That’s a whacking opportunity for a whole lot of pattern misreading.
So, what to do? Bearing in mind I designed the pattern, do I:
a) Still pitch a fit and rip it all back, knowing it will kill me to leave it wrong?
b) Remain completely calm, and remember the intended recipient of the knitting in question will be merely weeks old when he or she receives it, and probably won’t be all that bothered either way. And his or her parents will be too knackered to notice. So I can simply recalculate the pattern to fit my glaring errors?
c) Realise my tenuous commitment to mathematical accuracy makes it unlikely that writing the pattern a second time around, while at the same time pitching a fit, is going to result in any degree of correctitude in the new version, so it’ll just make everything worse in the long run?
d) Pitch a fit and leave it?
I’m going with d, for the moment.