I am knitting this vest:
And I hate it. I have never hated anything so much in my life. It is driving me crazy. Apparently I do not concentrate while knitting, a fact that had escaped me until now. Had I realized this, I would have responded with a lusty “Hell no!” when dear husband picked this pattern for his birthday vest. As it were, I started it on the New Year with hopes of finishing in time for his birthday on the ….wait for it…11th.
In my defense, my schedule is quite a bit emptier than at other times of the year. I’ve managed to complete a women’s sweater with a few cables in a week’s worth of evenings. I knew this vest would be challenging, but I HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WAS GETTING INTO.
And I can’t even blame it on the pattern. The last vest I made for him caused me a ridiculous amount of irritation because the pattern was so terribly written, especially as that vest was so simple I should have just went without a pattern. But this pattern, so far, is wonderfully easy to understand. I say “so far” because I am still working on the easiest bit, the lower body. I’m not even to armholes, or front and back panels, or anything tricky. The problem lies with me, without a doubt. I am simply unable to maintain enough attention to get through 7 out of 10 rows of Damask knitting without a mistake. And the mistake is so small, dear readers! So small! One teeny misplaced knit and the whole blasted row goes to shit.
And I’m not even going to talk about the bottom 3 inches in which my mistakes are so numerous that the pattern is unrecognizable. I initially had plans to finish the vest and then meticulously pick out the bottom and rework it after the birthday, but when this fiendish undertaking is complete I can say with absolute certainty that I will never do any such thing. Novice knitters won’t recognize the major error, and I’m hoping most advanced knitters will be too polite to mention it.
Curse you Jane Austen! Curse your inspiration! Curses on Interweave for making such a gorgeous magazine, and for publishing such a good pattern that can’t be blamed for my errors!