When I posted yesterday about my experience with Briddy's Let Me Call You Sweetheart pattern it was my attempt to post something. Anything.
Truth is, I haven't had much of a heart to pick up a project since a fiasco I had with a pattern on....Saturday. I'm trying to make the Sidewalk Shawl. Everything I've read of the pattern is that it's relatively simple to make. So it should be simple for me too, right? Maybe not.
On Saturday night I sat down with a hook and a skein of Caron Simply Soft in Passion. At first I tried to read the pattern off of my iphone, but there are a lot of steps and I had to rip it at least once because something was not right. Then I recalled that I had printed out the pattern and it was in a binder downstairs. I took a break, got the binder, and sat down again to begin the pattern. I think I ripped it two more times, never making it past the fifth row. I haven't crocheted or knit since.
Maybe I am being a bit dramatic. After all, it's only been 5 days. Nevertheless, it has been awhile. I think the reason I haven't worked on anything is not just because I was Disastercrafting with the Sidewalk Shawl, but also because I was doped with antihistamine on Monday which caused me to sleep for half a day, I've been super busy at work and I'm totally into the book I'm reading (The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - all three books in the series are a must read).
What have I learned from this Disastercraft experience?
Some patterns require solitude in the beginning. The shawl seems very do-able, but I think I need some time alone to concentrate on getting it started. I'll try again this weekend in a room by myself with a soothing cup of earl grey by my side.
How do you get through those first few "*cast-on, rip* repeat until you get it right" moments of your project?
And a gratuitous piccy of some Simply Soft in Passion: