Here we have a keeper, finally, after the fifth start. The fifth.
Not a bad way, but it takes a lot of time.
Wanting to learn to be an Intentional Knitter I am considering laying down some guidelines for myself, and not allowing myself to touch the needles until I have drawn out completely what I intend to knit, and mentally gone over each step. Afterall, is my knitting a means-to-an-end, or merely a past-time ?
Wanting to speed things up ~ knit faster, cut corners, grow into my skin a bit more (a lot more) I’m going to have to just quit with the lazy ‘whatever happens will happen’ way of knit design. I want, no, I need to create a system for myself by which I can go from concept to satisfaction of a finished knitted project. I need to:
1. Sketch and confirm the intention of what I want to make, regardless of skills I don’t yet know.
2. Assess the skills I need to learn, and have resources ready at hand to apply them.
3. Write as I go, take detailed notes (because I intend to learn the skill of pattern writing.)
4. Stay to the plan ! Do not stray (the hardest part, as I am so squirrelly by nature).
5. Finish, and write the pattern, for the sake of practice.
These are my thoughts as to how to go about the knitting in the future. I’ve already started these Autumn Sweaters for my nieces, so I can at least follow steps 3, 4, and 5. This committing aspect of design, is not for pansies, and I find myself up against a limitation of doubting in my ability. I must go deep within myself and draw on determination and faith in my ability, and to have higher perspective when to stay on course, and when to make an edit ~ and there between is a very fine division.