For my mother’s birthday, I decided to have another try at the honey cowl pattern. I altered the pattern a bit (Ravelry notes here).
I wanted a longer cowl that could be wrapped around twice. This ended up a bit too short and I don’t like how I join in the round or weave in my ends. I also knit some doll clothes (should be sharing these soon) that had issues. All in all, I am feeling a bit frustrated with knitting. With sewing, I usually have some sense of what went wrong with any given project and how to fix it. With knitting the patterns can be a bit vague and you often don’t know the issues until the very end. By then you’ve wasted many hours on something that just doesn’t work.
I was able to salvage this project by undoing my first bind off and redoing it with a stretchier sewn bind off. I’m not sure how much of my frustration with knitting is about knitting, and how much comes from the fact that I’ve been knitting for about two years and sewing since childhood. Perhaps I just need to find my knitting equivalent to Liesl Gibson and Oliver + S. I need patterns that describe things in a bit more detail and guide me through new techniques, including the why.
Because when I see O dressed in knits and looking so snuggly I want to keep at it.