There are some knitting projects that are just more . . . forgiving . . . than others. Projects where you can figure out ways to "fix" or "modify" your goofs so you don't need to "knit backwards" or rip back or -- (heaven forbid) -- unravel altogether.
And then there are projects that require precision.
Like . . . this one, say.
It's not a difficult pattern to knit. It's super simple to memorize -- and "read" (once you've done a repeat or two). But it does require precision. As in . . . any mistake will stick out like a sore thumb and drive you mad.
I have knit back on more rows of this thing than I can count. (Mostly because . . . I can't count, apparently.) (And I'm also apparently particularly challenged about remembering the simple increase-on-every-right-side-row thing.)
This is not a forgiving pattern. Perfection is paramount. (And I'm not particularly into perfection.)
Yet I will soldier on. Because this . . .
flower/grid/high-contrast combination just . . . tickles me!
Besides. I have plenty of "explanations" for when my knitting focus goes off the rails like this:
All of the above
But, as of last night, I have a new one: mercury retrograde! Yes. Mercury is retrograde again. Which really doesn't mean much . . . except that you can blame pretty much anything* on it.
And I will!
*(Except politics. We know just who to blame there.)
How about you? What are you making these days? And do you find yourself less focused? (Or is it just me. . . )
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I have a BONUS for you this week!
For some reason that I can't pin down (pick any of the "explanations" from my list above, even if mercury wasn't retrograde), I seem to have subscribed TWICE to Making magazine. Which means . . . I have duplicate copies of the last two issues: No. 9 Simple and No. 10 Intricate, which just arrived yesterday in my mailbox. I would like to share! If you're interested in a copy of either issue (or even both), just let me know in the comments and I'll draw a name out of a hat next Tuesday.