I have been ripping out and starting over on seemingly everything lately. It's kinda depressing and I was really down on myself with my projects. Haven't even posted on here in a long while cause I was embarressed by my LACK OF!!
Like PaxKnitter and PatchworkJester, I started the Hemlock Ring Blanket... a good 8 times! I can't seem to get past the beginning where I am working the double points. So, I tried a different cast-on, I tried magic loop... it all boils down to... I need more practice and need to cut myself some slack for the learning curve. The other thing I learned here is that I am knitting way too tight. To the point that I can't get the needle (Addi Turbos) in the stitch to do the next row. Freakish tight. Need to relax. Zen. Vacation! CALGON TAKE ME AWAY!!
I also was working on two other projects, Shiela The Sheep Tea Cozy (completely lost track of where I was on the head & neck so frogged that) and a knitted head scarf (I am even afraid to look!). With each of these, I plunged into the pattern without really knowing where it was going and ended up "learning" on my piece instead of working it out on a swatch first then doing the actual piece. Again, I need more practice and need to cut myself some slack for the learning curve!
So, I went back to basics. I had purchased a beautiful bulky baby alpaca to make my sister a scarf way back in October or November. I have started and ripped it out a good four times. I was never happy with the pattern I selected. Then it FINALLY dawned on me... I was trying to do these fancy patterns and the true star, the yarn, was not being showcased. So, I am doing a simple stockinette stitch scarf with a simple border and the yarn is really getting shown to it's beautiful advantage! Plus, I am just practicing my basic knit and purl stitches... really paying attention to how I was doing them (turns out I was twisting stitches without realizing it) and trying to RELAX.
I am in awe of my knitting bretheren as they continue to venture out into new territory, and I will join them when my skill set allows me to get there. However, for the time being, I am embracing my "Inner Remedial Student " and getting back to basics.