Although I'm afraid to admit it, I'm getting a little tired of knitting socks, so I decided to take a quick break & start something new. I borrowed Scarf Style from the library, & after previewing it, I think I may have to purchase it! (If DH is reading this, he's just shaking his head right now & holding onto his wallet).
Remember when I purchased the Berocco Pure Merino in Cabernet on sale at my local craft store? It was originally intended for a sweater, but I realized that 10 skeins wouldn't even be enough for a vest & I'd bought all that they had in that dye lot. Well when I was previewing the Scarf Style book, I located my favorite pattern that's been floating around blog-land for awhile....Backyard Leaves & I realized I could use the yarn (and only 4 skeins of it) for that scarf! Yippee...I've saved it from being returned!
Well last night while DH was packing for his trip (the annual dove hunt for 3 days in the Arizona desert), I grabbed my yarn, needles & a printed copy of the chart. HOLY COW! I've knitted with maybe 3 charts ever, but this one was an animal all of its own kind! I knitted the first inch & upon looking at it realized that I'd made an error so obvious, maybe I wasn't ready for this project yet. I started again & noticed I'd made a whole new error. I then realized I was too tired to tackle a new chart & project, so I dragged my tired butt off to bed.
At 4:30am, I arrived home (after dropping DH off at hunting buddies house) & picked up the project again. I first started with some self-talk: "You're a smart woman! This is a knitting chart, not brain surgery!" (although the chart does somewhat resemble brain pathways I think).
I started again, this time with more determination than ever. I was not about to let this chart beat me! I started slowly double checking each & every symbol as I knit. Row upon row I checked & double checked until finally...I saw the pattern emerge. EUREKA! I figured it out! I'm a better knitter than I thought I was!
By the way, the yarn is a dream to knit with!