Despite much difficulty, I conquered a new knitting pattern. I am not a very good nor experienced knitter. I have mostly done knitting and purling and that’s about it. My mother did teach me to knit a tube with a closed end which is mighty tricky and fun to do. But, I’ve never in my life found a pattern, taken yarn and needles, and followed the pattern.
Until Saturday, that is. Saturday, I sat down to knit a scarf for a friend for Christmas. (Not you, Jody! 🙂 ) I knew that I wanted to knit with one ball of yarn, something big and lacy, on big ol’ needles. So, I started searching for patterns. I am a member of a website called Ravelry. It is for knitters and crocheters. It’s awesome. I found a fantastic pattern on there called the Peasy Scarf. It was perfect. So, I tried it out.
Knitting to a pattern . . . as my poem of the other day suggested . . . is difficult until you get the pattern in your mind. This pattern was easy. Slip 1, Yarn Over, Knit 2 together, Knit 1, Yarn Over repeat until you are at the end of the row. But, until I had that pattern locked in my brain, I could not do it smoothly and by smoothly, I mean that I could not remember to yarn over when I was supposed to so I would end up with too few stitches and then have to backtrack (ie. rip out or un-knit). The trouble was that until I was comfortable doing the stitches, I couldn’t backtrack successfully and had to rip it all out. Frustration loomed.
And, then, all of a sudden, I had it down. I didn’t have to work to keep the pattern in my head, repeating it over and over to myself as I went along so I didn’t mess it up. Suddenly, I was just doing it. I knew what each stitch should look like and I kept myself on track. When I did make a mistake, I could easily backtrack until I found the error and fix it. It was like magic. Plus, once I reached that point, the pattern really was totally “peasy.” Loved it.
Hope my friend does too. I ordered this to go with it. I think it’s a rockin’ cool gift.
The guy who makes these shawl pins has some truly amazing other shawl/scarf pins. Check his Etsy shop out. Supporting small artisans during this troubled economy is one way to feel good about spending money!