I'm no expert but...
Sometimes there are certain projects that just stump me! And right now I'm in the middle of one of those projects!
Last December my friend Sam asked if I would knit something special for yer. Yes, last DECEMBER, and I haven't started it yet. "I don't need to start this now, I have plenty of time," "She won't need it until it gets cold anyways."
And now, here we are, mid November, and I'm just starting the project. I think that's the true definition of procrastination!
So I poked around Ravelry and found a pattern that I though would work, downloaded the pattern and started to review the project.
But when I started the actual knitting, I got stumped. Wait, what, how am I supposed to attach this part to that part, wait, it doesn't fit. AARRGG. I did everything you are supposed to do when you start a new project, I read thru the list of materials I needed, I skimmed thru the pattern and then jumped right in and started knitting.
The problem was I made a total rookie mistake, I didn't thoroughly read thru the pattern. I just skimmed the pattern.
Bad bad me!
But I kept telling myself, that I was a skilled knitter, I've been doing this for a while, I know how to P1, K2tog, K2, SSK.
But somewhere along the way I got my lines crossed, I forgot to wear my glasses, or I don't know, I'll blame it on the fact that I have a concussion. It really doesn't matter what excuse I give, this darn pattern just isn't making sense to me!
I've ripped it out, knit it up, and ripped it out so many times, that even my Faithful Sherpa said something.
"Babe, is everything ok?"
"Yeah, well no, well. . .never mind!"
So I purchased another pattern, thinking if I combine bits and pieces from the two, then this poncho will work.
I'm trying, really!
Recently I came across a fantastic article, "The Mystery of Knitting...Remains a Mystery: Knitters Create Holes with String using Sticks and a Clickety, Clickety Noise."
bit.ly/2yK6lpx. Murr Brewster, the author, talks about how "knitting is spooky...freaky...and impossible...and knitting makes no sense at all!".
And right now, I have to agree!
But you know, I love a challenge. A challenge gives us such a feeling of accomplishment when we finish the task we set out to do. Sometimes we can take the "easy" way, sometimes our way is a "little crooked," but we'll get to the end. . .at some point.
Sam, just know that I'm trying and I'm working on it!
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