When I learned how to knit I was living in Korea and had no yarn shop to take lessons. So, I bought a book from Amazon and bought a few skeins of acrylic yarn (yuck!) from the BX in Seoul and made a simple 4×4-woven-pattern scarf (like this one). And my next knitting project was this sheep sweater…
(from Dalegarn book no.124)
Not a baby step. This was so beyond my skill level. I was fearless! But I did it and I am still amazed that I made that!
After this sweater, I felt like I could do anything. I thought it was a lesson that I would always apply because there were no regrets and I felt motivated to move on to the next project.
But now. I’ve lost a bit of that fearlessness.
Doll leggings sewn from baby-rib knit. I did a lettuce edge hem on the leg and zigzagged the waistband.
And now toddler leggings sewn from interlock knit. I did a fake coverstitch (double-needle on my sewing machine) and sewed the elastic into the waistband after securing the elastic ends (I did not sew the waistband, work the elastic into the casing and then secure the elastic).
Although I was giddy with excitement over those lettuce-edged pants and that beautiful waistband on Ana’s tights, it was short-lived. I’m left feeling a little… blah.
Even Ana wasn’t impressed. In fact, she mistook these plain boring leggings for something very frightening. I held them up to her and said, “Look! I finished them! Aren’t they cute!?” And she said, “Noooooooo!!! Daaaaaddyyyyyyyy!!!” while taking several steps back into a bookcase and freaking out even more because she felt like I was trapping her.
Seriously. I have no idea why she reacts this way to the things I sew for her. In fact, about 20 minutes later she was refusing to take a nap and ran out of the room and tried to sit on the couch with me. I said, “What are you doing? Do you want me to get the blue pants and put them on you?” and she said, “Nooooooooo!” and I said, “Well then, get back to bed.” and she said, “Ok.” and she ran (not walked) back to her bed.
*sigh* So, I’ve figured out how to sew with knits. I’m thinking next I would like to conquer something fantastic. I will pick something that looks impossible and I will do it! And I will be inspired by my success!!
And then I will hand the beautiful wonderful thing over to Shane so he can wrestle it onto our unimpressed daughter.