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.