Is there a pattern or skill that you don’t yet feel ready to tackle but which you hope to (or think you can only dream of) tackling in the future, near or distant? Is there a skill or project that makes your mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft? Maybe the skill or pattern is one that you don’t even personally want to make but can stand back and admire those that do. Maybe it is something you think you will never be bothered to actually make bu can admire the result of those that have.
The one thing that I always have a moment of pause whenever it comes up is color work. Which is strange as I clearly do color work when I am double knitting but I find that easy and straight forward. Stripes are in that same place as not complicated.
Fair-isle and Intarsia are two things I have done on occasion but it never comes out quite right, there is puckering and yarn too tight, forgetting to carry yarn, forgetting to wrap. Every time I do a project with a small amount of color work, I worry that I will never be able to work on a more complicated project.
It’s a skill I hope to take on soon as I have quite a few pairs of gloves that I want to make for myself that have color work, and I think if I just buckle down and knit I can make my way through it. I have gotten books, yarn and patterns.
There is always the chance I will get through it the same way I did with lace knitting. I will find a project or a crazy goal (11 shawls in 2011 anyone?) and I will forget what it was that scared me, and be blocking a new project before it occurs that I shouldn’t be able to do this.