I haven’t got to do any knitting over the last week as this is all still new enough that I really need to concentrate. Last night I picked up my pattern to read what I need to do next and was baffled. What knowledge I had gained in learning to read knitting seemed to have deserted me. I read and reread that line next to ‘Row 3’ in the picture below, thought and pondered. It’s interesting trying to learn something brand new as an adult. Something you logically know really does work, there really is a way to do it, but I’ll be damned if I could figure it out. Then just before bed after mulling it it over for several hours it clicked. The way I was thinking about it didn’t change, or maybe I had stopped thinking about it and tha’ts what gave my brain the time to figure it out.
So after I woke up this morning, snuggled into bed with my coffee, knitting, pattern and computer (for crash lessons) I set off, essentially alternating between adding stitches and purling (and repeating endlessly). But unfortunately, I’ve worked out that to do the first row where I ‘make one stitch’ and the second row where I just purl takes me about 20 minutes. Given that I have to repeat this 26 times – I feel like I’m moving at a snails pace. I’m also afraid I’m going to forget how many rows I have done so I’m making little ticks for every set I do.
Today I’ve made 7 ticks – and spent about 2.5 hrs on it (I had to pause a few times when I inexplicably would forget how to hold the needles).
But it is beginning to take some shape which is exciting. And it’s also addictive, as soon as I’m done one set, I’ll say to myself ok just one more then you can go get on with your day…. as a result I stayed in bed for a long time this morning! And I may be back at it this evening.
Just 19 more sets (ie repeating the two rows 19 times) and I get to the scary part about sleeves. So maybe it’s ok to be a snail. Sleeves are scary.