I kind of need to rant. I am trying to knit Knitty's Kureyon Kozy
tea cozy, and this pattern--for me, at least--has been a challenge. And let me say, it's not
the pattern, it's me
It took me forever to knit the first base, because I didn't realize that it was going to be knit flat in the round; the technique was a bit confusing to me as I've never done it before (kind of reminded me of the knit version of a crocheted granny square). The first base piece that you knit is going to be the inside piece, and mine had a little glitzch in the middle--nothing horrible, and it's going to be inside, so I'm not going to stress about that part.
Then when I went to knit the one side, I read the pattern wrong, and wound up doing ALL this extra work, putting something like 50 extra stitches total on my needles, knitting all of those extra stitches when not only was it unnecessary, but it was just downright wrong
. I had to frog the whole section (that's what I get for not reading the pattern closer I guess!)
But I learned how to frog AND put my stitches back on the needle the right way, so I guess all wasn't lost...at least I learned a new technique, right?
(One that I'm sure I'll be using again, and again, and again!
But I finished the bottom part and the one side; at least when I start side 2, I'll have a better idea on how to do this. But I'm thinking that perhaps I should've just spent the money to go out and buy
a fabric tea cozy rather than have all of this aggravation.
I'm so frustrated with this project that I'm wondering if I'll even be able to look at it when I'm done and use it. Has this ever happened to anybody? I realize that knitting things isn't necessarily about trying to save money--sometimes, it's about the better quality that a hand-knitted item has, or it's about a one-of-a-kind tailored item, or it's about the process (the "journey", so to speak), or it's about learning new techniques, or challenging ourselves, etc. But has anybody ever just got so frustrated with a project that they didn't question the decision to just buy the finished product of what they needed rather than have spent the time and frustration knitting it? I guess if I ever get over my angst with this project, I'll know how to do it quite easily the next time if I choose to make another one, so maybe I should try to be more positive and think of it in that light.