I would say “perfect” — but that’s not really true, nor is it really my goal (well, it is, but I try to fight my perfectionist tendencies…)
When I started really knitting, I wanted to be good RIGHT THEN. I wanted to knit quickly and nicely and make really fancy things lickety-split. Now, there are some prodigies out there, but I’m not one of them, and it made me crazy to not be faster, better, stronger, smarter, etc.
But I kept knitting, and guess what? Without realizing it, I achieved the level of competence that I wanted to have at the start. I still have a lot to learn, but I am thrilled beyond belief that I can now knit fast enough that I started a hat for Mark Friday night while waiting to ring in the New Year, and after 3-ish evenings of knitting:
The man has a new hat.
Perfect? No, but good enough to keep my poor husband’s shaved head warm.
This is a lesson I have to keep relearning, made even more annoying by the fact that I am constantly giving my quilting students permission to be beginners and to not be perfect — I have to keep remember to practice what I preach: that you have to put in the work and be patient with yourself.
I offered to make a cabled hat that matched his scarf, but he was of the opinion that cables are great, just not on hats. He wanted plain stockinette with a ribbed cuff, and the pattern I found was perfect.
Now, he wants mittens to match his new hat and scarf…he says the mittens can be cabled.
- Yarn: Cascade Greenland (Aran weight superwash wool)
- Needles: US 6, bound off with US 8 (Used Magic Loop technique)
- Pattern: Top-Down No Math Hat: The Manly Version Mark had pretty specific requirements: plain stockinette to a certain length (8.5inches), with a 3 inch ribbed cuff.