I’ve started this shawl so many times that it’s been rechristened from “The Sweet November Shawl” to “The Meditation.”
The first five or so times made sense.
First, I switched yarns. It turns out “Worseted weight” can mean different things in different countries and the green yarn I went with was too coarse.
Then there was the fact that I was learning new techniques and wasn’t quite sure how to fix mistakes when I discovered them several stitches later, so I’d start again.
And finally, something magical happened: I got it.
I understood the pattern and my technique became solid to the extent when my hands felt something was wrong before I could catch it with my eyes.
Aaaand then the entire project fell off my needles when I put it back in it’s bag during my commute home. That happened two more times so that I ended up with a tangled mess and some loose stitch markers. I’ve gotten very Zen about this, and by that I mean that there are no more curse words or tears.
Now…. I don’t want to jinx myself by saying I’m well on my way… but this time, I think I can finish it – maybe even today! I’ve made it past 51 (out of 175) stitches and it’s starting to look like something – I’m not sure whether it will turn out the way I want, but I’m determined to see my first knitting pattern through.
Below are the yarns I started off with, all “Worsted weight” but all different. I chose the green one on the right for the first couple of attempts, then switched to the blue one on the left. While I love this yarn for the way the color changes depending on the light and background, it turned out to be a pain to photograph. So I’m including this shot again for contrast.