Is there a pattern or skill that you don't yet feel ready to tackle but which you hope to (or think you can only dream of) tackling in the future, near or distant? Is there a skill or project that makes your mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft? Maybe the skill or pattern is one that you don't even personally want to make but can stand back and admire those that do. Maybe it is something you think you will never be bothered to actually make but can admire the result of those that have.
I haven't knitted a lot of lace since I started knitting again. Two reasons, I think. The first is that I'm not a great shawl wearer - I don't quite know what to do with them or how to wear them!! The second reason is CHARTS! I look at them and I'm baffled! It's like some secret knitting language that I've somehow missed out on learning. How can there be 'no stitch' on a row? It doesn't make sense to me. I like my patterns written out row by row. However, I have set myself a challenge - to become more comfortable knitting from charts. I've signed up for a pre KnitNation KAL to make a shawl. The first clue was released yesterday, and I've printed it out! Even though the pattern is written as well as charted, I'm determined to use the charts as much as I can. I used the chart for the swatch without too much cursing! I'm going to buy myself a magnetic board so that I can keep track of which row I'm on, and wait until the school holidays start before casting on! Wish me luck!
How about you? Do you prefer knitting from charts or a written pattern? And how do you wear your shawl? All fashion tips gratefully received!