I know that I’m not the first to post this type of thing, but I just wanted to post how lucky I am to be a knitter in today’s knitting community. When I talk to my mother about knitting, its pretty obvious that she never really had a knitting community – other than her yarn store – and even then, that was just discussions about patterns and yarn with the owner/workers, and not actual friendships. I think that’s why she’s so excited about my knitting – she finally has someone to talk to about it – someone who “gets” it and who is equally excited about patterns, yarn and all knitting type things. Its a lot of fun to talk to her and its been sort of interesting when she asks me about something and I know the answer. And I like that its something we share. She tells me stories about her grandmother who was a knitter, and I get a sense of connection with her, and her grandmother that I don’t think I’ve ever felt before.
So why am I going on about all this when its all been said on different blogs? Because tonight I really realized the true value of knitting friendships. OK, I’ve known it before – but tonight – tonight was just ….
I finished the second sleeve on Ariann….and I was all excited – I picked up the body to attach the sleeves…hmmm….
Left Front, PM, Sleeve #1, PM, Back, PM, Sleeve #2, PM, Right Front
WTF? What does “sleeve #1” mean? I’m just not getting it. Let’s see the sleeve has 72 stitches, with 10 cast off…the body has all these stitches but 10 cast off under the arm…maybe I’m supposed to match the cast off sides and stitch them together…what does the next line say..what? where the hell is page 4…….ugh. I had no idea. So I decided to look on the ‘net – I’m sure someone posted how to attach the damn sleeves. No. Just pictures of the sleeves attached. I went back to the pattern – how can it not provide instructions on how to attach the sleeves? What a stupid pattern. No wonder I knit socks. And with that it went back in the basket.
Then I saw Laurie online…IM’d her and whined about the stupid pattern. And then she said the magic words….”you knit across the sleeve” (or something like that) – and instantly the light went on (funny thing was Laurie actually said “I see the lightbulb just came on”), and I could see what I had to do! Amazing!