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You know those tests that are designed to catch you out? The ones that are a list of questions that tell you to do all sorts of weird things with a piece of paper but then the last one is to ignore all the instructions above?

Yes? Well I have fallen for that one. I am far too old and (I hoped) too wise to but it has happened šŸ˜¦ I was so eager to cast on my latest project having gone through all the trauma of swatching etc, etc that I failed to read the instructions properly. By this I mean read them all the way through until the end.

I readĀ  the first bit up until where it says repeat the last x number of rows a total of 5 times, and off I set. Merrily knitting away each evening.Ā  Then I read the next bit where the instructions are slightly different for each increase row. Oh bum. I have now got almost 2 balls worth of knitting wrong.

Tonight will be working out how much of a mistake it is and whether I do truly have to undo the best part of 2 weeks worth of knitting. My mistake totally. Doesn’t make me feel any better though.

(Excuse my while I scream into a nearby cushion; ARRGGGHHHHHH!)

A bit of a bodge job

This week I had a conversation along the lines of:

Wow your edges are really neat” (me)

“What do you mean?”

Well look at mine” I proceeded to show her the edges where I had picked up stitches. A rather uneven and holey affair altogether.

“Oh I though that you were confident doing this”

“Well so did I!”

It would appear that I couldn’t have been more wrong. My designer friend then went on to explain how she had taught herself to do it properly using YouTube. I on the other hand had taken the instruction to ‘pick up stitches’ literally and had put my own interpretation on it. The result is a fairly substandard result that I am rather ashamed of.

A rather obvious seam.

A rather obvious seam.

I have never really thought about it before – I just thought that I knew what it meant and so got on with it. My friend on the other hand had not made any such assumptions and had therefore learnt the proper way. It got me thinking. I wonder how many other people do this? Have you ever assumed you can do something only to find out later that you had been doing it all wrong? If you have please leave me a comment below so that I can stop feeling so bad. (To make it worse I thought that I was a perfectionist!)

In case you are wondering all is not lost and I have plans as to how I can neaten the whole thing up. I shall keep you posted. Meanwhile I shall leave you with a couple of links that shows you how it should be done – just in case you are wondering (and so that I can also learn!)

For those of you who like written.

The moral of this: Never ever assume that you can do something because it seems simpleĀ  – check first.