Not even close

From time to time, I’ll post a picture on instagram or on the blog, and someone will say some variation of ‘oh my goodness, your knitting is so perfect, mine never looks like that.’  And this is very very sweet…but absolutely not true.  My knitting is somewhere around middling to fair.

Now, I am pretty good at blocking, and blocking is a huge part of making your finished knitting look great (that’s why I’ve done so many posts about how to block stuff…I really really really want you to be blocking your projects).  And I do have a slightly fancy camera, and that helps everything look all spiffy.  But the knitting?  The stuff hanging off my needles at any given moment?  Yeah that’s not all that special.  And it is totally not perfect.

Want proof?

See that? That’s a rogue purl stitch way back on row 3 or so of the now finished hat.  I didn’t notice it because it’s on the inside when you’re knitting (meaning it only shows when you turn the brim up at the end).  And the way that stitch pattern works, laddering down to fix a stitch isn’t really practical.  So I’m just going to leave it.  I’ll make sure that’s in the back for the pattern photos, and no one will ever notice when it’s on my head.  If I really really really cared, I could duplicate stitch over it.  But I totally don’t.

And here’s another one.  I actually didn’t notice this until I was checking the ravelry listing for Constellate to show someone a picture, but one of the stitch groups in the very first row is off center.  It even shows in the pattern photo.  Now, lots of folks have bought and made that pattern. And no one has yet written in to say that one little group of stitches is off by one stitch and this totally ruined their whole project/life/day.  No one has stopped me on the street to tell me it’s wrong (to tell me it’s cute, sure, but not to tell me it’s wrong).  So my suspicion is that it’s really not that big a deal.

So I’m going to encourage you to maybe give yourself a break.  Your knitting is probably better than your give yourself credit for (and my knitting is for sure less perfect than you think).  Everyone makes the occasional mistake, and I promise it’s ok.  Your work is still awesome, and you should still feel good about it.  Take the time you were going to spend fretting and spend it blocking instead.  I promise it will make more of a difference!

That’ll do nicely

Well then, that’s satisfying.

I’m mostly just going to show you pretty pictures.

Then get it all blocked and go marching out to the yard to find somewhere to take pretty pictures.  Have I mentioned how much I  like having a woodpile and rocks and tree stumps and more rocks in the yard?  It’s awfully convenient…

Everything is on track for this one to come out Tuesday May 1.  If you want to grab yarn, I used a skein of Satchel by Mrs Crosby.  And if you want to hear when it comes out, that handy link at the bottom of the post will let you make that happen.

 

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Unreasonably satisfying

I should probably feign a becoming modestly.  I know it’s the right thing go do.  But I confess that I am helpless in the face of this stitch.  I think it’s gorgeous and I can’t hide it.

It’s a byproduct of all the swatching experimentation that happened back here, the experimentation that led to Ecliptic (see, swatching is totally not a waste of time or yarn, it’s where ideas come from).  And it’s rather captivating.

Everything is on track for it to come out as a pattern fairly soon (read May or June if all goes according to plan.  Because I suspect I’m not alone in my fondness for this one…

 

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Growing

As expected, the hours put in on the ribbing were absolutely worth it.  The hat proper is so lovely (and so much fun to do).  And having put in all that ribbing means I’ll actually wear the hat (skimpy brim is the quickest way to make sure a hat languishes at the bottom of the hat bin, no matter how pretty it is).

The yarn is Mrs Crosby’s Satchel in Graystone.  And the stitch is totally one of those things where I find myself wanting to work just a few more rows…just to get to the end of the repeat so I can watch the next row of diamonds form up.

I don’t know what it says about my amusement threshold, but that always feels like it makes for faster knitting.  I’m not alone in that, right?  Right?  The same thing happens with neat colors (like the Keepsies hat…I just kept wanting to knit enough to get through the rainbow one more time).  And I’ve heard rumor you colorwork folks have the same thing.

Payoff

 Someone linked to this on pinterest, and lots of folks are coming over (hi, welcome!). The is out now, it’s called Ephemeris, and you can get it on ravelry. If you want an email when other patterns are released, you can make that happen right here.

All that ribbing…that ribbing diligently done, despite my natural laziness…well it’s paid off.

Now I get to do the pretty bits.

And while yes, there is still a ribbed background behind the pretty bits, somehow it’s not nearly as interminable now that I’ve got some fancy bits going on every few rows to distract myself.  This one is going to be grand.

 

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