I am giddy!
As I got ready to cast on for Treads, I read the instructions and my heart sank. Lateral Braids? Linen Ridge Stitch? What had I gotten myself into? Not much, since the pattern is a free download and the yarn came from up in the sewing room....but I was sure I was in over my head.
And I hadn't even cast on yet.
I can't remember if I saw the pattern on Ravelry or on someone's blog last week, but it was love at first sight. I wanted a pair for myself. 150 yards of worsted weight yarn? I've got that. And paper and ink the printer...so I can do this, right? I've done mittens before. How much harder could gloves be?
Textured knits make my heart go pitty-pat. I jumped into this project before looking at what it was going to take to get that texture. Anything that requires knitting into the back of the second stitch and then into the first stitch terrifies me.
But I needed a yarn along post and it was either casting on for Treads or tackling my disastrous shawl.... so I chose the unknown and decided to spend an hour trying to make it work.
Lateral Braids aren't as scary as they sound. Neither is Linen Ridge Stitch. And now that I've managed both of those, I'm pretty darn sure I can do a gusset! This is a very well written pattern, but it's full of things I've never tried before.
The books? They're Judy Bolton mysteries -- The Clue in the Patchwork Quilt and the Secret of the Barred Window.
For more fun projects to drool over, check out On the Needles at Patchwork Times and Work in Progress Wednesdays at Tami's Amis.