You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Only Fools Rush In.......

Of all the projects I have attempted, the hat that I made for my daughter for Christmas was by far the most challenging. This was a new project, something I spotted on her Pinterest page. (Yes I am a Pinterest  stalker, always looking for great gift ideas.)  Anywhoo...How does this fit into  my "finally finishing" criteria of completing old projects you ask?
Well it does.... read on.
At first glance  I thought the hat pattern would work up quickly and I could easily "sneak" it in between the unfinished ones. That was not to be and  I soon found myself in a quandary. First off  I couldn't figure out the pattern. Partly because it was new to me but mostly because I tend to dive into things without reading the pattern through. Mostly though I tend to think I am smarter than the pattern writer. If  I have a problem understanding instructions, I  will often "chalk it up" to typos or other technical mistakes.  I know, I know.  Well, I probably knitted and re-knitted the blasted hat 10 times.  Now the old Jackie, out of sheer frustration,  would have stuffed this item in a bag and forgotten it forever or even "gasp" pitched it in the rubbish. The new and improved Jackie with the vow of combating procrastination, persevered.  At my "wits end" I finally sat down and read through the pattern line by line. There it was, as plain as the nose on my face. In the appendix, a short note  clearly explaining the intricate stitch pattern.
Here it is!
Finally Finished
and greatly appreciated by my daughter!

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