I never, ever buy the yarn that a pattern I like is made in.  It's usually too expensive, and there is already so much yarn in this house, odds are there will be something that can be used to make just as lovely a garment.

Seldom, though, do I ever have precise matches.  The pattern I like calls for more yarn than what I have on hand. or the pattern calls for considerably less, which leads to the problem of leftovers and what to do with them.

A couple of days ago, I found Perfection.  Pattern I love, yarn I'd just bought with exactly the amount needed for the project.  I foresaw a garment in a new color, easily knit and put together, and I cast on with a smile.  A fancy rib back, just a rectangle, and two sleeves that are variations on feather-and-fan.  Couldn't be simpler.

I have started that freakin' back THREE times.  And have always messed up the stitch count.  So I decided to try a sleeve first.  


So the search for other possible patterns began.  But that shrug out of that yarn is IT.  It is ideal.  Why can't I get it right?  I think I'll try once more.  And if it doesn't work then, it's deep into the back of the stash with the yarn, and deep into the bookshelf for the pattern.


  1. I think you can I think you can I think you can!

  2. You have forgotten the First Rule of Knitting. It's really simple but endlessly complicated.

    Besides, if your knitting can't make you feel like a dunce, how will it face its friends? (I may or may not have had to cast on 82 stitches EIGHTEEN MILLION TIMES before I got it right....)

  3. "Couldn't be simpler" is always the kiss of death for me when it comes to knitting. Try it one more time, and then find something fun to knit. Life is already full of enough crap; knitting is supposed to be fun.


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