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On the plus side...

I have started a new beanie. It's in two colours (some stranding, some intarsia). I have limited experience of stranded colour knitting and zero of intarsia so it should be fun. Possibly the wrong kind of fun, but fun all the same.

And I now consider myself to have 'started' even before I can point at something and say 'here it is in progress', because doing 10 rows and ripping back because it isn't right yet is still progress.

Earlier this week I also tentatively restarted work on the lace shawl of doooom and put the first ever fitted item of clothing I've ever worked on back into the hamper for a while, still unfinished, where it can calm down and think about what it's done. There's another knitting project I've been quietly working on but you'll know about it if and when I feel like it has succeeded.

Point is, there's movement in woolly terms at least. I was going to say 'creative' but it's all about learning techniques and following patterns. No matter how much I like what I'm doing, the level of creativity comes down to how many decisions I make within the confines of the technique/pattern I'm following. And I'm not making many decisions yet, I'm following instructions and seeing what happens.

Well that's one way of looking at it anyway. Other time I figure it's down to the fact that I am putting it together, and that's intrinsically creative.

I am loving the way I learn when I knit. The way I move from going on faith, when I do something because the author knows what they're doing but I make endless mistakes, to the point where the penny drops - usually because I've done something wrong five times in a row - and I finally understand properly how something works and what the instructions mean.

This is the point where I find I know where I am in a pattern by looking at the work rather than by constant reference to the written instructions and where I start to change things to suit my own prerences. Where I can see what I'm doing and even if it's still someone else's creativity that I'm bringing into reality, I'm really enjoying doing so and thanking them for it.

A sense of comprehension is hard to come by these days, you have no idea how good it feels when it hits. Clarity, it's beautiful.

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Yeah I should probably go to bed.

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P.S.: I'm back to add more good things to the Good Things Basket.

Here's some just about today:

Today I read a chapter of a book. And took notes, because it's that sort of book. I also took some photos of the yard, admired a honking great pot that 10B bought home for me (we <3 rubbish removal, we <3 it sooo much), and spoke to Ricky on the phone.

So, memo to self: there may be some nasty shit out there, but today was a nice day.

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maju01
Jun. 7th, 2009 07:23 am (UTC)
"I am loving the way I learn when I knit. The way I move from going on faith, when I do something because the author knows what they're doing but I make endless mistakes, to the point where the penny drops - usually because I've done something wrong five times in a row - and I finally understand properly how something works and what the instructions mean."

I know just what you mean, and I agree, it's a very good feeling.
queenlyzard
Jun. 16th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
Very glad to hear you had a good day.
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