I just love the little happy faces of pansies and violas. It has been raining here and it is very cold, but these faces keep smiling!
Have you ever read a knitting pattern and been completely perplexed as to how it works? I like reading knitting patterns, I know it's a bit mental, but I like to see how things are created. I read the annis shawl pattern many times before starting and every time I thought, I have no idea how this works. It actually stopped me starting it for a while as I was sure I would mess it up and not know how to fix it. Well, I did start it and found the lace not too difficult and quite fun. Then I got up to the short rows. What is a short row? I was baffled. I got onto Ravelry and asked on the ISussanah forum and quick as a flash I got a response-from the designer herself! So I found out what the rows are, but how does it all work out? I couldn't understand it in my head until I actually did it! I let go of not understanding and just blindly followed the pattern, stitch by stitch. Letting go is not an easy thing for me. I like to know exactly where I am in my knitting and what is going on. I just knitted with blind faith and amazingly enough, the shawl starting taking shape! I love it! I was so impressed that I started babbling to my teenaged kids about how amazed I was that I still couldn't figure out how this short row thing worked but I was doing it! You can imagine their interest in my short rows: "That's great mum". Anyway, I'm busy happily knitting these short rows and am excited to see what it looks like at the end!
Is there anything nicer than a cuppa tea and a knitting magazine?
The promise of Spring.I can't wait!