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Here you'll find tales of my domestic adventures and my mostly free knitting and quilting patterns. My most popular patterns include monster baby booties, ski hat with ear flaps, Lotus baby blanket, and men's cable hat.

It’s Complicated

Published by Shana | Filed under Knitting

I am a skill accumulator. For no good reason whatsoever, I want to be able to do things myself.

Colorwork. Bagged it. (Pattern: Modified A New Family Portrait)

Colorwork. Bagged it. Though apparently I skipped product photography. (Pattern: modified ‘A New Family Portrait‘)


It’s evident in how I play role playing computer games. Rather than actually attempting to meet the game’s objectives or obtain the Helm of Mordor or whatever, I spend hours learning how to smith and speak languages. And the great thing about games is that once you’re a level 50 archer, no one’s taking that away. You can one-up William Tell into perpetuity. Thus, perfectly illustrating why video games are better than reality.

Sometimes, through providing assistance on my patterns, I come across a knitter who has been knitting for 50 years, yet is struggling with a basic pattern of mine. Hands, eyes, and mind just aren’t as nimble as they once were and projects that they would have been able to do in the dark are now a struggle.

This is what I fear most about growing old. And, in many ways, it is what frustrates me most about the young.

As a designer, you learn real quick that the words “easy” and “fast” are knitter bait. Sure, there are lots of inexperienced knitters that need easier projects to learn from, but even the experienced knitter swoons over 4 hour hats and weekend socks (Guilty!). Any why not? Life is hard, can’t our hobbies be easy?

Socks so easy to knit on the bus while not looking. (Pattern: Rye)

Socks so easy you can knit them on the bus while not looking. (Pattern: Rye)

And yet.

Those years when you’ve been knitting long enough to have the skills to tackle gossamer lace, but still retain sharp eyes and nimble fingers are surprisingly few. When you ‘x’ out the years with small children at home (cause ain’t nobody got time for that) and the times when life is throwing you a curve ball, the years winnow down even further.

So, now, while the nights are long and cold, maybe it’s time to tackle Orenburg lace shawl

Maybe try cables so complicated you go a little cross eyed? (Modified Achillea Cowl

Maybe try cables so complicated you go a little cross eyed? (Modified Achillea Cowl


January 21st, 2014

One Response to “It’s Complicated”

  1. Willit Says:

    Skill accumulator. I love it. I tend to learn something new until I am relatively confident in my abilities and then move onto the next new thing to learn. I refer to myself as a jack of all trades and master of none, but skill accumulator sounds better :)

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