Have you ever started on a project and then realised part way through that the materials you are using are not quite right? Time is precious, I always strive to use it wisely although this ideal is not always the case!
A while ago now I bought three skeins of yarn, they were a bargain that was too good to miss. The yarn I buy is usually for a specific project this yarn was not and it sat for a long while in my yarn drawer waiting for the the right time and the right project. I found one, a pattern knitted in the flat that I was converting as I knit to in the round. I had read the pattern itself very carefully working out how I could convert it, somehow the bit about the materials did not get read. First time round I used a needle size that gave me an item that would have just about fit my five year old. Second time round I knit as far as the collar and as I worked out what to do next I realised that I was not going to have enough yarn. I knew that deep in my heart I needed to pull it out but it sat in a bag for a few weeks whilst I accepted it, other projects got knitted up whilst I ignored it. One evening whilst watching a BBC Documentary I sat and pulled out all the stitches*, it was dark to ease the pain. I then cast on another pattern which I do have enough yarn for, it grows slowly a row here, a row there. I am adapting again this is my third make with this pattern somewhere in between the last two in size. It is interesting to note the annotations I made first time round this was the first pattern I knit from Ravelry at a time when I was not able to count my rows of knitting with confidence. How time changes things, perhaps frogging my stitches will also become easier. I hope this will be ready for the spring when the warmer weather arrives, we have snow at the moment so I think I will have plenty of time.
Apart from making sure I am reading knitting patterns correctly I have been reading some historical fiction lately. We are doing a topic on the solar system this month and I thought it would be interesting to do some learning of my own too. I found, quite by chance on the library shelves, the first book in a trilogy on the history of astronomy based on historical facts. I read the first book last month and have now started the second. The first is set in the early 17th Century during the lives of Johannes Kepler and Galileo Galilei, the second Sensorium of God in middle of the 17th Century and the scientists, Robert Hooke, Isaac Newton and Edmund Halley.
*I am hoping to use all the time spent rewriting the pattern to knit this again in the future perhaps with some purple yarn, you are never too young for purple.......