Adventures with DPN’s and Tie Dye

Double pointed needles, which shall be called henceforth DPN’s, were a frustrating mystery to me.  They seemed clunky and clumsy, and I deliberately tried to avoid using them.  But, I had a few patterns in my pattern binder that called for them and those patterns would mercilessly mock me every time I paged passed them.  In my frustrated shame, I would quickly turn the page. 
I tried teaching myself on metal needles, and, though I kept my cool, just couldn’t get it.  So, a trip to my local yarn shop, henceforth known as an LYS, was in order.   And I’m glad I did.  First off, a set of WOODEN or BAMBOO needles were recommended.  Stitches won’t slide off as much on wood or bamboo.  After the patient owner of the shop worked with me, I realized I had the basics down, I just needed a nudge in the right direction.
In my excitement, I bought a set of Brittany DPN’s and some double-knit weight yarn, and, yes, that shall now be known as DK weight.  I got some more DPN’s later that week, and started making hat using the Moonset Hat Pattern, which is free, and you can get it on Ravelry.  I even attempted basic lace on this one!  And the results, I did it!  And I have a cheesy grin on my face as you can tell by the photo here.  I was so proud of myself.  See my project details if you’d like.
The moral of the story….don’t let patterns mock you.  Get help.  It’s out there and you might discover a new technique.  Conquer your fears!
In other crafting news…..I dug out of my closet this morning a shirt I had tie dyed a while ago.  I like to break out a tie dye kit every now and then make a mess in the kitchen with all the pretty colored dyes.  I used a “camo” kit for this shirt.   I attempted to make vertical stripes here, and I was happy with the results. 
Until next time, keep on doing what you do best.  Whatever that may be.
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