And all I can say is...
Knitting. is. haaarrrd.
Actually, after a try at some simple garter stitch and stockinette - which I thought went pretty well (for me):
I decided to try my hand at a garter stitch dishcloth.
After trying out several video tutorials, I decided I really liked this one by Jewberly Emiris. Her instructions are simple and clear (I think), she gets right to the point, and she's sweet and happy.
Not too bad, I thought, half-way through my first knitted dishcloth attempt. I see some mistakes and the uneven tension, but I was beginning to think this knitting thing wasn't as hard as I came to believe the last time I tried.
But then I started decreasing and by the time I was done, this had happened:
When I finished I had no idea how it had gotten all pointy. I was sure I was following the instructions. Actually, this is when I went looking for another tutorial and I found Jewberly's linked to above. Watching her video I realized I was putting an extra stitch in every row - where the holes are created. So while I was decreasing, I wasn't doing it quickly enough. That's how I got Mr. Pointy Head dishcloth there. And by the way...it took me 4 or 5 hours to finish that awful thing. Sigh.
But realizing my mistake and following Jewberly's to-the-point video I set right to work to make a second cloth. I thought this should be a breeze the second time. Right?
Well... on the needles it looked to me to be not too bad, but once I had the thing off the needles, I was like, GEE WILLIKERS! It's worse!
It's square. ish. But wow, is it ever rough?!? And I had no idea it was this rough as I was knitting it. I think that troubles me most of all. That I was happily (mostly) knitting along thinking I was getting this knitting thing. Only to find this at the end.
There are some places where I see I dropped a stitch, and I can see where the tension is uneven. But even with those things... I just wasn't expecting this!
Maybe I'm just not cut out for this knitting thing.
I feel like I have the movements pretty well (at least in making a garter stitch pattern). I made these cloths mostly using continental-style knitting. Easy and quicker than the English method, I find.
But there's a whole lot of some other stuff I obviously don't have. Stuff like even tension (Okay, I get that consistent tension will come with practice). The ability to recognize when I've dropped or otherwise mangled a stitch. (When I'm doing it - will this ever happen?) And patience. Aaah. That's the big one. I'm just not sure I have the patience to endure what I may have to endure to get even mediocre at knitting. I'm not even hoping to become a good knitter at this point. But I'm not sure it's worth the pain and effort just to strive for 'not pitiful'.
To soothe my weary fingers and wrinkled brow I'm putting the needles down for at least 24 hours and I'm going to crochet me a pretty dishcloth. That will make my heart light again, I hope.
And just so I don't leave feeling completely defeated, I'm going to post a progress picture of my bright and cheery Spice of Life blanket I'm crocheting.
There now. That's enough to make me smile again.
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