Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Follow the directions.

So, yesterday after turning the heel on the sock pattern, I had to work on the gusset next. I watched several videos, but wasn't ready to make the next step and tackle it. The heel flap looked huge. Today I decided to give it a try and hope that it worked. When I re-read the directions it kept saying to pick up and stitch half of what I had. It confused me until I read the previous instructions and realized that instead of doing 20 rows on the heel flap, I did 40! All because I did not read the instructions right.

So being extremely careful, I ripped out all the stitches I did yesterday and the day before and started doing the heel flap again. This is the second time I have messed up because I read the directions too fast and thought I knew what it said when I was wrong. Slow down, Noel!

I hope by tomorrow I'll be ready to work on the gusset. I'm thankful for folks on youtube that I can watch their how to video's and learn to do this right. That and reading the book again and again has been really helpful.

I did not like the book I got at first because I found it hard to read. My teacher kept telling me to read the book when I got stuck. Not that I wanted her to do it all for me, but I have usually been better at learning a new task when I see it done in person. Not read about it in a book. But not being able to take another knitting lesson, I've been able to do nothing but read the book!

I found if I read it several times and then watch it on youtube, I can usually figure it out. In fact, I've now grown to love this book. The directions are vague and the pictures don't explain much and when they do they are confusing, but I like challenges and this is simply another puzzle piece to figure out!

The book is starting to grow on me and I look forward in anticipation to making the other socks in the book. There is even a pair of slipper socks using warm fuzzy yarn. I'm picturing having them done for christmas presents.

Until next time!

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