Read the flippin’ instructions

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Spice of Life blanket – my colours

I’ve just had a few days off from the shop to re-charge my batteries – as I’m never not knitting/crocheting, I spent much of my break sitting on my tushie, working on my blanket and doing a spot of *WIP clearing.

The blanket is repetitive and soothing – there’s a colour stripe sequence that I know by heart and I could most likely make shells in my sleep by now, but the knitting is a tad more challenging.

I’m trying to put together a lace sock pattern for some beautiful plain sock yarns in the shop and I really wanted something that was pleasingly textural and maybe a wee bit challenging – but not too intimidating for a novice sock knitter. It also had to be easy to distribute over three needles (when knitting the leg and cuff) and two needles (when knitting the heel). I know from sweaty-handed,-panicky-experience, that knitting a lace pattern is hard enough knit flat: knitted in the round on numerous pointed needles, it is not a recipe for F.U.N.

rainbow socks
West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply

Anyway the pattern is nearly done – there is a stray stitch in the count that needs to be worked into the pattern instructions at some point, but it’s kinda there. For you, knitting the pattern should be fairly relaxing. For me it was a wee bit more challenging requiring several sketches, six samples, two complete rip backs and a ‘sod the bloody thing’ moment

FullSizeRenderMeanwhile in the blue corner, there’s a cotton sweater that I’ve been working on all summer. I started it with the usual enthusiasm that comes with a new project, but as the summer has become more like an extended monsoon season, my hands became more and more reluctant to knit the thing and eventually it became one of those projects that every knitter has – an embarrassing  bag of yarn, needles and a half-finished back, usually destined to be tucked behind the sofa.

This weekend I decided to seize the nettle and get back on track. After a bout of sock-wrangling, I decided that soothing stocking stitch was the ideal Netflicks accompaniment. Which it was, until I got to the shoulder shaping. I glanced at the instructions,  poured another glass of the white and got on with knitting.

After a while I cast off the neck. I held it up to the light and thought, that doesn’t look right at all. I balanced my glasses on my head and peered at the instructions. I had just successfully completed the instructions for the front neck & shoulders on the sleeveless top. Which was fine, but I was supposed to be doing the back shoulder shaping – on the top with sleeves.

Sometimes, knitting isn’t as relaxing as you’d think. I undid thee hours knitting, wound the yarn back into a ball and went back to the crochet blanket, defeated.

*WIP = works in progress

*sock pattern status – I have to write the instructions and chart them…..this may take a while

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