My word for this year is 'slow'. And I have been mindfully trying to focus on moving through my days at a slower pace. However, my progress on my current knitting project could only be described as moving along at a snail's pace!
I had been wanting to challenge myself a little more with knitting and learn a few new stitches. I chose the most beautiful yarn that reminds me of the sea around mossy rocks. It's silvery with flecks of olive, teal, dark grey and blue. And there was only one ball of it left...so a scarf, all light and lacy, was envisaged.
I enlisted support. While my Mum was here for a holiday recently, she helped me make a start on this most lovely diagonal fern lace scarf, a pattern she has knitted up before that, in her hands, resulted in a most lovely scarf for my sister. In my hands, it's a whole other story!
I have dropped stitches and I have magically made new stitches appear but I have persevered after pulling out my beginnings no less than six times for, when I drop a stitch or create a new one, I can't seem to reverse my mistake. In fact, I seem to end up in double the trouble I start off in! My Mum was here for some of my false starts, picking up stitches and providing laughter (surely not at me:) and encouragement but then she left me to my own devices when she went home. Far away home!
I remain determined though realistic. I can imagine wearing a beautiful sea-coloured scarf in the Winter here. A scarf I have crafted myself. So, I have made yet another new beginning. I have time for the chilly season is still quite a few months away. I have time to knit very, very slowly, at the pace of a snail, to turn my own silvery sea yarn into a scarf.