A few weeks ago, I started knitting a cardigan following an “easy” cable pattern (according to the lady in the knitting shop). This was my first venture away from scarves and bags that can be made from a square or rectangle of garter stitch.
I started knitting when we were on holiday in Suffolk. As we took the dog, we stayed in at the cottage most evenings and it was very relaxing spending time reading and knitting. The chunky wool helped and my knitting grew. It was far easier than I thought to do the cable, not so easy to work out the rest of the pattern. I found out to my cost, the inclusion of a comma in the instructions was more significant than I realised so there was a fair bit of unravelling to do!
I now have one back and almost two completed sides, with sleeves to follow.
I was grateful to my Mum for the suggestion to write out parts of the pattern row by row so I could tick them off as I went. It certainly helped in some sections.
It seems I have more patience than I thought. I’ve been happy to unpick and re-knit in order to get it right.
As I spend most of my time in an office, my “making” time in the evenings is limited so I place pressure on myself sometimes to have a finished “thing”. My knitting has a slower pace and shown me that practice will eventually make perfect. It is not how fast I can turn something out, but how much I enjoy what I am doing that counts.
I think I will always prefer to sew but to start off with balls of wool and progressing to a garment with so little equipment does seem amazing.