Monthly Archives: June 2014

I Will Not Give Up

It’s all about the attitude, am I right?  I thought I’d share my fun little adventure/experience with the blogging community.  I decided last year that I was going to branch out and better develop my knitting and crocheting skills. I’ve always made basically flat things like afghans and a few stocking hats.  Nothing that really required anything beyond basic skills.  Now, once upon a time, I was a fairly accomplished seamstress.  Honest.  So, it’s not vanity that makes me think that I should be able to reasonably learn how to make the items that I find using crochet and knitting patterns.  But somehow, nothing ever seems to come out the way it should.  I read through the threads and the comments; yep, it’s just me.

So, I decided to make a new summer hat to continue with my learning.  I chose the Flowerpot hat from Knit-O-Matic’s website. Shout-out to Haley!  I like your site!  Love your Patterns!  Thank you Thank you for making the Flowerpot hat pattern free.  But most importantly, I want to thank Haley for the intro that she gave this hat pattern.  She shows a couple of versions of the hat, in which it comes out way too big.  If it hadn’t been for her honesty in this matter, I believe I would have given up on my 2nd try and just found a different pattern.

Image But I love this hat!  So, I figured now was as good a time as any to put my conviction to the test.  I’m actually laughing at myself, because my first two tries at this hat came out looking just like the two she has shown here.  Now I’m digging in my heels, using my thinking skills, and reducing the pattern to better fit the thread that I’m using and the (apparent) tension that I use on the hook that I have chosen.  And guess what?  By jove!  I believe I may have something here!  It’s still WIP, of course, but it’s actually starting to fit!  Yeah!!  I’ll be sure to post a pic once I have it done.  But for now – I just want to state, for the record, that I will not give up.Image