Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tricks and Epiphanies

 These two pumpkins are in the shelter's yard. 
One of the volunteers carved them. 
I think they are wonderful!

I don't know why it took me so long.
I don't know how many times I've mentioned it here, 
but I had an epiphany. 
Tamara, an immigrant, who works on our unit,
explained v neck shaping to me.
I finally GOT it. 
For once I knit something without 
Instead of leaning on the directions and the line by line that I claimed I needed,
I stepped out of my mind box and understood it all.  
The way Tamara taught me, just by talking to me about it, in her broken English.....
was how I needed to hear it. 

Having knit socks and done all that gusset and toe shaping, I began to think about it. 

I don't know if I'll finish this child's/baby vest
but I do know this:

I can do reverse shaping and I can 
knit a Vneck.  

I feel ridiculously happy about this. 


Grayseasailor said...

I am excited for you, Kathy! And the v-neck looks great!
The pumpkin carving is very clever, too.
Thanks for posting.
Gracie :)

Mereknits said...

Hooray! A new knitting skill is always so exciting.

Now maybe you can teach us.

Judy S. said...

Good job! That's going to be a nice vest. The pumpkins are great!

Nancy said...


With nearly every project I learn something new about knitting, and I've been knitting a looooong time.

Nancy Kay said...

Fantastic! Isn't it wonderful when an idea becomes crystal clear??? Good for you...and the knitting looks great! You've been moving right along. Oh, and the pumpkin carving is so the animals. Wonder if I could do that? Thanks for the inspiring photos.

Alyssa said...

Isn't it amazing when things come together? I love that feeling!

I want to carve cute pumpkins now! :)

Anonymous said...

Isn't that just an AMAZING feeling when something that escaped you FINALLY makes sense? LOVE it.

Araignee said...

I am so impressed! I hate always having to rely on patterns but I have no head in figuring out things like that.

Katherine said...

Congratulations on the break-through. The vest is going to be darling!!

I love the faces on the pumpkins. Much nicer than the traditional faces!

LouLou said...

Yay!! Light bulb moments are the best!!! The vest looks great so far and those pumpkins are awesome!

elns said...

Yay for getting new techniques! The v-neck is awesome possum! I cannot imagine life without written instruction. I'm a slave to the literal. Seriously, chart reading even makes me sweat!

SapphireBlue said...

I love the pumpkins! I'm glad you had someone that could help you with the V-neck. It's always better for someone to explain it to you rather than read it.

SissySees said...

Congrats!! Not only are you knitting (which I can't seem to manage these days), you've learned a new skill, thanks to a co-worker.

And those pumpkins are beautiful.

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