My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


No Time to Blog — I’m Busy Bohus-ing!

But it occurred to me that I had not posted a Bohus photo in a while. I finished the back and embarked on a sleeve (do alert the media, would you?):


The k1 p1 ribbing in black on a 2mm needle was not fun. just sayin’.

When I was picking up the stitches for a sleeve, I noticed a boo-boo in the yoke!


See that errant white stitch there? That’s supposed to be black. Hmmmmph.

I can certainly duplicate stitch over it in black, but I’m thinking I’ll leave it as it is. You know . . . just because.

What would you do? Fix it to make it look perfect or leave the flaw? I’m just curious.

Lucy thinks that flawed or not, it does make a most excellent blanket.


Okie dokie, back to the Bohus. I’ll be back on Sunday with a year-end wrap-up!


  1. Leave it as it is and see if anyone notices. Wow, you sure knit fast.

  2. I say leave it as well, unless it’s really, really bothering you. If it was me, I think the duplicate stitch might bother me more.

  3. hmm, I think I would leave it, I sortof like little goofies in my handmades, otherwise I might as well just buy something. If it would really bother me, I’d just take a black marker to that offending white stitch ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I wouldn’t go back at this point — waaaaaay too much water under the bridge there. I kind of like the black magic marker idea, though!

    Happy New Year to all of you at wendyknits!

  5. It was often said that quilters in the old days would deliberately make a mistake because only God could create a perfect thing.
    As for me, if you can’t see it from an airplane – it doesn’t count.
    I’d leave it.
    You not only knit fast, but beautifully. I wish I were so gifted.
    Enjoy your weekend – hope 2007 brings much joy into your life.
    Tessa (Tortie)
    Salem (Tuxedo)
    Carmen (Maine Coon)
    April (Grey Tabby)
    Sootz (Black terror on four paws)
    Zeus (Mr. Purr)
    and the newest addition: Ozzie!

  6. Oh, leave it. Call it a design feature that nobody else has!

    Happy New Year. I raises a glass to you in your Heifer efforts – it’s a wonderful life, eh?

  7. Yeah, leave it; I’m with the ‘only God does perfection’ thing.

  8. Leave it as it is. No one will notice. It is gorgeous! Happy New Year!

  9. I say leave it also. If it were me I’d leave it if you don’t point it out only you will know. Black is an awful color to knit on. Good job!

  10. Let it go! By the way, I am celebrating 60 today so enjoy Black Tuesday anad know that many have come before you.

  11. Leave the flaw in Bohus! That’ll make it unique (AND the flaw won’t be noticeable – not worth the effort involved in fixing it).

  12. Leave it! I, too, am with the “only God is perfect” thought. Wasn’t it the Indians who intentionally wove a mistake into their work?
    Happy New Year! To a fabulous 2007 and a great birthday for you.

  13. As well as only God being perfect (I thought it was Allah because I understand there are deliberate mistakes in rugs, but perhaps it’s universal) there is also the saying, ‘There is hope in honest error; none in the icy perfection of the mere stylist’, which I tend to cling to at these moments.

  14. Wendy it is smashing! Your work is just a treat to watch…

    as for me

    with a touch of type-A OCD or so it seems…. I’d have to fix it

    that’s me though and i’d much rather knit like you!

  15. I consider things like that a “design element”. Leave it, your bohus is no less beautiful. My philosophy is “if it’s gonna bug you, then fix it….if not, forget it”

  16. I’ll put myself out there: I say, fix it. It would take two minutes and be fixed for the rest of the lil Bohus’ life.

  17. I’m firmly in the “leave it” camp. It always helps to rationalize it as the divine speaking through you.

  18. babbleabble says:

    I would just get out “Ye Ole Black Sharpie” and color it black. I’m unconventional like that I guess.

  19. Ok, after making two Bohus sweaters this past year…humm…I made two mistakes and went back to fix them. How about unraveling that one stitch and picking up the black?

    If it will bug you when it is done and you will focus on it then I say fix it. I have issues with people who don’t measure, etc. and then wonder why things don’t fit together.

  20. Love your book and your blog. Consensus says leave it, but if you found it, that’s all your eye will see when you wear it. No one would EVER find it, so if it bothers you, fix it, if not, leave it. The sweater is breathtaking and I say you have to make the call on that one., BTW, I must say, you look great for nearly 50, and I think my life really got going great when I turned 50. I’ve loved every year and hope for many more. Enjoy and Happy New Year.

  21. That’s not a mistake. It’s a Unique Design Element.

    And if you finish this thing in under two months (looking good for you so far), I’m going to complain again.

    I know you’re terrified.

    It still looks fantastic!

  22. I am also OCD, so although my first thought was “leave it”, if it really will bother you, go ahead and fix it. It would depend on where it would sit while being worn (front, back etc). If it’s all your eye is going to be drawn to (although I’m sure it would only be YOUR eye and no one elses) and if it’s going to change how you feel about the final project, fix it.

    My final verdict is still to leave it, though. I love the idea that if it can’t be seen from an airplane it’s fine. That’s my type of knitter!

  23. Personally, I’d duplicate stitch over it. I know it would drive me crazy. If it meant frogging, I’d live with it, but if it can be fixed with something as simple as a duplicate stitch, I’d go ahead and do it.

  24. As the bumpper sitckers say, if anyone would notice,they would be waaay too close! I’d say leave it the way it is! It’s a gorgeous sweater and as a machine knitter, I’m amazed at your progress at that gauge!

  25. As it is such a quick and easy fix, I would definitely duplicate stitch it. And I’m not a perfectionist by any stretch.

  26. Lovely Bohus! You should know that still, after all this time, sometimes the song pops into my head – “Let Bohus open the door, let Bohus open the door, let Bohus open the door to your heart!” ๐Ÿ™‚ I think that was last year. Another year, another Bohus!

    Also, as regards the stray stitch, I vote for leaving it.

    Happy New Year!

  27. I always try to convince myself that I should be like the women who make the Persian Rugs….there HAS to be at least one mistake in the rug, because only Allah is perfect – SO…..leave it.

  28. Duplicate stitch.

  29. Well, I think you should frog the sweater back to the boo-boo and fix it! After all, what are a few thousand teeny-timy black stitches more or less.

    Okay, actually I do think you oughta do the duplicate stitch. Otherwise, don’t you think it’ll bother you?

    Whichever you choose, it’s a stunning sweater, Wendy!

  30. I’d leave it if I were you. Actually I’d leave it if I were me.

    I don’t like colorwork in general but that’s gorgeous. I’m now coveting …

  31. I’d fix it … unravel that stitch down to the error, scoop up the right color, and be off to new knitting with an error-free sweater.

  32. There are mistakes and there are mistakes. This is the kind that I would leave in there.

  33. That one, I’d leave. It’s not so glaring an error that it would bug me–it’s more . . . personality!

  34. Your sweater, your call. I personally would leave it, but YOU are the one who has to live with it.

    I’m just sayin’.

  35. I’m in the leave-it camp here. It’s beautiful the way it is.

  36. I’d totally have to duplicate stitch over it. Even though I’m sure that no one else would notice it would drive me into a sleeveless jacket not to fix it!

  37. Your Bohus sweater is beautiful!!! I am amazed at your speed on such small needles and in a dark color. I would duplicate stitch the stitch myself, but that’s just me. One of my resolutions is not to be so uptight about my knitting. Your knitting & spinning have inspired me all year!

  38. in the front or the back? back – leave it – front, live with it!

  39. I vote “Leave it, leave it!” You are so rapid, Speedy Gonzalez.

  40. At this rate you won’t have a stash come 2007. If you need any help, you could always knit my stash up for me! I reckon a couple of days would have my WIPs finished…

  41. If you haven’t knit much further than what you show in the photo, it’s an easy vertical fix to change that stitch. The black is right there where you need it — once you’ve dropped down to the stitch, just reverse the black strand to the front and the white to the back of the knit stitch.

    Otherwise, wait until the sweater is finished to decide whether you’ll duplicate stitch or not. If you decide to leave it, my rule is that if anyone tells you you’ve made a mistake, you get to slap them. Or demand a Bohus duel at 50 paces.

    By the way, I’ve been thinking this Bohus should be called the Lucy Bohus, since it’s very much in her colors. I have a rescue cat who could be Lucy’s little sister or younger clone, name of Oz. She likes sleeping on my lap, under my knitting.

  42. Do you know if there are any good videos of someone cutting a steek with commentary on it?

  43. My vote is to leave it…gives the sweater character. That’s my philosophy.

  44. It’s a lovely sweater. It looks so soft and cuddly. I’m at the point in my knitting that I would just be happy to knit with a 2mm. I’m having trouble with a U.S.5 as it is! In any case, it’s very snuggly looking and I wouldn’t worry too much about one stitch. Then again, I’m very much a novice.

  45. It’s a gorgeous sweater! I’d leave the mistake since it’s so small; if it was a huge honking, glaring mistake I’d fix it. Best way to tell which is which is to have a non-knitting buddy see if they can find the mistake; if they find it, fix it. If not, leave it be. Life’s too short to worry about complete perfection! *smiles*

  46. Lordy, that’s beautiful!
    Me?.. well, I’d probably leave it. kinda like saying to the universe that I am perfectly imperfect ๐Ÿ™‚
    It’s really lovely.

  47. Leave it – Only we will know, and we’ll love you just the same ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy New Years Wendy, Lucy, KOARC, and L-B!!

  48. Perfection is an illusion. The ability to admit you are not perfect is a definite asset.

  49. Definitely I’d duplicate stitch over it, because errors like that always seem to stand out. In fact, I’d think about changing out the stitch. The problem would be whether the cut ends of the white stitch could be secured.

  50. Leave it. If it really bugs you, touch it up with a wash-proof marker. Yeah, I’ve done that myself, so it’s ok.

  51. As a OCD’er, I say fix it; but wait until the end and see if you forget it first. If you remember it and can (or want to) still find it when all in finished fix it then.

  52. Leave the stitch. If the sweater ever goes missing, you’ll know it’s yours when it’s found. Kind of like your signiture on it. And, like they say in the quilting world, if you can’t see it riding by on horse back, don’t worry about it.
    Sheri in GA

  53. Leave the stitch. If the sweater ever goes missing, you’ll know it’s yours when it’s found. Kind of like your signiture on it. And, like they say in the quilting world, if you can’t see it riding by on horse back, don’t worry about it.
    Sheri in GA

  54. I would probably duplicate stitch over it – especially on such a special sweater. That’s the easiest solution – but then again, you are probably the only one who will notice it – other than all of us who read your blog!


  55. As I mentioned, I’m doing the same sweater (it’s taking me forever – how can you do it so fast?!) and I misread the color chart so there’s a line of blue squares near the top of the yoke that I did in the dark blue that should have been done in the pale blue. I’m going to leave it because I like the way it looks. I think I might change the last row of dark green to the pale green too. That way it’s “my” bohus. Don’t you just love the way the yarn blooms as you knit it?
    New kittens coming next weekend – yay!

  56. Leave it till the whole thing is done. Then put it on – if it leaps out at you and calls you shameful names, I really like that black Sharpie idea…or duplicate stitch. Otherwise, it adds a little “sparkle” with the white stitch, and if I could convince myself of that while staring in the mirror wearing the finished Bohus, I’d leave it.

    I used to always leave mistakes as is, then I fixed them ALL. Now…I’m flexible.

  57. I say fix it. I think knowing it was there would bug me.

    BTW, it looks great! I wish I could knit that fast.

  58. Hey there! Since it’s white I’d fix it. If it was grey I’d leave it, but you know me, I’m weird over these kits. I just caught myself ripping back about 40 rows on the 2nd Rose Bohus sleeve because I decreased before I should have. It was just one lousey stitch on tiny needles, but I still ripped and fixed it. I doubt I’ll be doing that on Large Collar, but only because it’s black. ;0) Happy New Year and B-Day! Rusty

  59. I’m a leave it alone kind of gal! I’d leave the errant white stitch there.

    You do lovely and FAST work! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy New Year!

  60. There are a great many cultures in which they are not allowed to create carpets and garments and the like unless they have a deliberate flaw in them, as perfection is godly and mortals are not allowed such. So leave it as is, knowing that you’ve avoided the wrath of whatever deity you choose to (or not to) worship.

  61. Bohus is beautious! I’d personally go with the galloping horse rule. (If you can’t see it from a galloping horse, ….) Second choice: Sharpie, all the way. But test that on a scrap first. Who knows what the chemicals in a Sharpie would do to wool.

    Happy New Year to you, KOARC and Lucy. And Happy Black Tuesday, as well.

  62. I say leave it – it gives it charachter and it’s gorgeous the way it is and unless someone knows about it, I don’t think it will be noticeable

    Have a happy new year ๐Ÿ™‚

  63. I vote for leaving it as is. It would be your signature on the piece, the beautiful piece.

  64. I’d totally leave it. You should see the great big error in my aran-in-progress. I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t sit and scrutinize the clothing of those around me.
    But I’d probably duplicate stitch rather than taking a marker to it.

  65. I second the sharpie idea. They don’t call them ‘magic’ for nothing.

  66. I *love* the sweater! Oh. My. What would I do about that errant white stitch? Unless it was front and center, I’d ignore it. If it was front & center, I’d probably fix it, because it’d bother me every time I saw it.

  67. I’d love to say I’d leave it but that would be a lie. It would drive me NUTS to have that one stitch wrong. It would be on my mind every time I looked at the sweater.

  68. hmmm, I’d probably want to leave but then end up duplicate stitching it because I’d be obsessing about it. Unless the duplicate stitch fix didn’t quite look right then I’d leave it. Well, that was helpful (and decisive). ๐Ÿ™‚
    I say if it doesn’t bother _you_ then just leave it.
    It’s a lovely sweater either way!

  69. Leave it. Badge of Courage!

  70. I would leave it because for me, if I try to make it too perfect I end up with a bigger problem in the end somehow every time

  71. Don’t you have a long and honourable history of leaving such things? I messed up some of the colourwork down by the cuff on one of Isfjorden’s sleeves, had every intention of duplicate stitching the mistake and in the end left it. I have to really look for the bit where I messed up; no-one else will ever notice. I’m sure it’s the same for you.

    I second what’s already been said. Gosh, you knit fast. It’ll probably be done for New Year.

  72. Remember, “Only Allah is perfect”. Or, using the Yarn Harlot method, remind yourself, “I altered the pattern to suit me.”

  73. i am with the leave it crowd, and i love my sharpies. when i was in costuming there was a lady who made beaded fringe would purposely put an orange bead in as a signature.
    Have a wonderful New Year

  74. I’d have to fix it. I’m so anal it would drive me nuts. Nonetheless, it looks gorgeous!
    Sue J.

  75. I’d have to fix it. I’m so anal it would drive me nuts. Nonetheless, it looks gorgeous!
    Sue J.

  76. I’m with the “leave it.” Life is to short, just think of all the stash knitting and new projects! And, depending on the situation, it could be your signature, a deliberate goof because of the God thing, a deliberate goof because you are doing a research study to see how many people will notice and be compelled to mention it publicly.

  77. I like the white stitch. As a matter of fact I like it so much that I think you should consider adding it to the other boxes. But I guess that is a lot of duplicate stitching and not going to happen.

  78. And Lucy dubs thee the Bohus Kitty Bed! I would duplicate stitch it, cause I’m anal about what I make and only because I would know it’s there. Silly isn’t it?

  79. I might try to fix it, by just dropping down my stitches and then re-knitting it. It would really depend on my mood. I don’t think I’d duplicate stitch it. I don’t know why. Knitter’s caprice?
    Also, is it in the front or not? That would influence me.

    So, what have you decided to do?

  80. I would say, leave it, unless it is SO glaringly obvious to the rest of the world. As intricate as that is, I doubt anyone will notice unless you show them, oops, you just did. I still think I wouldn’t be able to find it if you were wearing the sweater.

    Have a wonderful New Year.

  81. I would convince myself that it would be ok, finish the sweater, weave the ends, and THEN decide I couldn’t live with it, frog back and fix it. Or at least, that’s how it works at my house.

  82. I would leave it, if it were my sweater…if it bugs you, why not pin a tiny bug over top of it…? I like items with flaws in them, I think it makes the piece look and feel more hand done and in all honesty NO ONE is going to notice that…seriously …

  83. If you can’t see it from a galloping horse, then leave it. It is hand made, one little oops adds character.

  84. I’d leave it! A duplicate stitch would do if it REALLY jumped out at me once it was all done. Otherwise … it’s meant to be there!!

  85. Well, I would probably be tempted to do some kind of fix — duplicate stitch or even more complicated because — well, because I have perfectionist issues.

    It’s a problem that I am trying to overcome. I am finishing one Bohus and planning on embarking on the same one you’re doing soon. I will do mine in the round, though. I love the mindless knitting.

  86. It wouldn’t bother me at all. Then again, I’m always thinking I *should* frog more…

  87. Leave it. Priceless Persian rugs always contain an error, thus leaving perfection to the divine. Wait a minute, your knitting is divine! You must knit furiously, so productive.

  88. I’d duplicate stitch over it later.

  89. Another for leaving it in. Quilter’s called those intentional mistakes “humility blocks” so…this is your “humility stitch” ๐Ÿ™‚

  90. LEAVE IT! It makes the design uniquely yours!
    Not sure if this is the “appropriate” venue, but have a question about your toe-up sock: this is my first sock attempt ever and I’m wondering if it really is as difficult as it is to pick up two wraps (especially the purl sts) when turning toe/heel. Also, both sides of toe/heel do not look the same, so how do you rectify that? (if you can?) I looked at the links to your article on knitty but this question doesn’t seem to come up. So, is it just me making mistakes? Thanks and Happy New Year.

  91. It’s a spirit trail opening you to new wonders in your 2007 knitting!

  92. Leave it. No one but the most picky of people will even notice it.

    Happy New Year!

  93. I’m anal. If I spot it in my own knitwear, I’ll fix it.

  94. Leave it – that’s what makes it perfect.

  95. I’d leave it – kind of a rebel thing, I guess. Or maybe a very subtle “because I can” sort of statement. Gorgeous work, by the way. If you ever find yourself in WA State – come by and pet my Pygora goaties!!!

  96. I’m going to say leave it too! Heck it makes it a true origional, right!

    I saw on Pat’s knitting blog that she was thinking about joining the knit from stash ring. I told her I was interested in the idea(but thought… right! me? No way!) But I recently organized my stash and it’s – well, HUGE! Pat gave me your link – So I’m in! Thanks for the motivation. I hope I do well… but it’s going to be hard!!

  97. Mistakes, even tiny ones that a normal person can’t see, keep me up at night. There are only a few things in life that can be perfect, and knitting is one of them. So, I’d fix it, no matter what it takes. I realize this view is not the popular one–and so you have to decide how much it bothers you. But I’ve taken apart finished sweaters to fix flaws that I spotted after I thought I was all done.

    I’m no longer “blogless”, and so now I can turn to my next resolution and do something about my stash.

  98. Leave the mistake. In may cultures, a mistake is deliberately made as the Creator (G-d, the Great Spirit, whomever), is the only one who can create perfection. From the Persian carpets to Navaho Blankets, deliberate mistakes are made every time. Celebrate this in your knitting. And it’s not really a mistake, it’s a “design feature.”

  99. If it were me – I would fix it….can’t your run that one particular stitch down and ladder back up to fix – that’s what I would do…..

    Beautiful sweater!

  100. Leave the “flaw” – after all – no-one’s perfect! ๐Ÿ™‚