I had an idea for a very particular knitting project back in November. At the time, I spent several weeks working on trying to get beyond the first few rows — but I could always tell it was so not the look I was going for! I was so bummed out!
But I believed it would get better — once I was true to my own style (I came to that conclusion while heavily under-the-influence of caffeine — clearly proving itself as an upper). I was trying too hard to make something too simple. And simple never suits me.
Sunday night an idea for the project was floating around my head, but I couldn't get a hold on it. Then just as I was about to drift off to sleep, it stopped long enough for me to get a clear look. And I am pretty sure this might be it!
Since this project is going to be a charitable one, I want the pattern to be easy enough to share with novice knitters — but also give the appearance of intricate detail, so that the accessory has an unique, fashionable air about it — which is something I want to make damn sure about for its recipients.
So now I am going to spend the next several days giving it another shot. It has a very specific color palatte, which helps speeds things up a bit. And this online knitting/Fair Isle chart generator will come in handy too (in addition to creating a chart to follow, it gave me a better sense beforehand of how the colors will flow).
By the way, that generator can be a little tricky. I've been playing around with HTML and generators since '95, so it's second-nature to me to know what to add or remove or whatever. If you are looking for good, ol' fashioned graph paper to chart by hand, here's a great source to print for free!