Step one to getting a project done is your decision you want to do it. Step two is the preparation and planning, step three is to start doing it, and step four is to commit to doing it to the end. Even if it’s sometimes ugly, or doesn’t meet your expectations, completing this final step is very fulfilling. It will show yourself that you can get things done, you are capable, and you can solve challenges along the way. Step four is where I sometimes put things aside but I was determined to have my own pair of knitted socks this month, so I just kept going.
Through the use of these five crazy double pointed knitting needles (huh?), to casting on long tail stitches (what!), and something called ‘kitchener stitch’, I kept going (thank you amazing people who generously share their knowledge). Through unravelling some of my knitting and then painstakingly placing the 64 tiny stitches back on four needles (oh crochet with your one loop), I kept going. When I really wanted to stop as I realised my ‘two row repeat’ had morphed into a ‘one row repeat’ for several rows and I hadn’t noticed, I kept going. I decided to replicate my mistake on sock two to ensure they would be the same imperfect socks, and decided finishing was more important than perfection.
Honestly, at the completion of my socks I think I actually glowed for a while. I had accomplished something. I did it. I learnt lots of new things and got to the end. They are not perfect but things don’t have to be perfect to be useful, and well, they are unique which is what you want with hand made items. Plus now I know I can do it.
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Don’t worry about the challenges. Get excited about the rewards of crushing them.Hiral Nagda
The project details
75% super wash wool, 25% nylon yarn, ply not mentioned but is for ‘socks’ and 2.75mm needles, meterage per ball 400m, Fiddlesticks brand, cream, charcoal, navy and light orange flecks (colour 80367066).
Needles: Knitpro Karbonz 2.75mm 5 double pointed needles used.
Cast on 64 stitches for the ‘medium’ size socks.