Thursday, May 28, 2009

Proof positive

Yesterday I completed the oldest UFO I had active in my pile of projects, Embossed Leaves from Interweave Knits' Favorite Socks.

It started out as this in November 2007:

In many ways, this project, which had been ripped out twice before finally getting it right, represents my growing skills as a knitter over the past eighteen months. When I began it, I was new to socks -- look, for example, how the original is knit on double points, which I haven't used for at least a year -- and I was new to lace, as evidenced in my working copy, all covered with my chicken scratches keeping track of where I was in the pattern. The first time I started this, I lost track of where I was and messed up the foot. The second time, I realized my gauge was way too big.

The third time happened just a few weeks ago when I suddenly had some uninterrupted chunks of knitting time when I could concentrate on a chart. I cast on on smaller, 40 inch circulars, and to my surprise, the pattern just flew. I didn't need stitch markers, I didn't need to mark up my pattern, and in time, I didn't even need the chart. I've learned to read my knitting accurately, and more important, trust my own judgment. I don't think there's a more valuable skill in knitting than that.


Kristi said...

Congrats! I keep telling myself I wish to dig through my UFOs this summer and work through them. Well, I said this last summer too.

Enjoying your blog. :)

Melissa said...

Big congrats!! I know how hard that is. You've inspired me to work on my Monkey socks, the oldest thing I have going right now...I think. Better check the queue.

DrBabyMamaDrama said...

Oooohhh, I like!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! It's lovely to see such a beautiful pair of socks (I have that pattern!) and to hear the story behind them is great too. I am sure you'll love the socks all the more now too :)