I am afraid, very afraid…

I am pretty crafty. The scrapbooks that I have put together since my daughter’s birth are pretty nice, if I do say so myself. I am also a knitter, but have only ever knitted two different types of items – tons of scarves and one hat (see previous post for picture of the hat on Mr. Melty).

Recently I found a pattern for a hooded sweater in a knitting book by Debbie Bliss – you can see a picture here http://www.debbieblissonline.com/books/sk/sk_1.htm. My girlfriend Kathy is also currently making a cute sweater for a baby, although she is using a different pattern.

Is it time for me to branch out? Should I take the time to learn how to read one of those patterns and try my hand at something a little more difficult, or am I asking for trouble? All that increasing and decreasing scares the hell out of me. What is a girl to do?

Of course, it doesn’t help that I check out all the various craft blogs. Take a peek at the cute stuffed bunnies at Wee Wonderfuls http://weewonderfuls.typepad.com/wee_wonderfuls/.
Or how about the wild stripes knitted blanket at SouleMama http://www.soulemama.typepad.com/. I am so jealous of this beutiful stuff I just can’t stand it!

What do you think? Should I stress myself out over something new, try a new challenge, or just sit back and knit another scarf?


10 Responses to “I am afraid, very afraid…”

  1. 1 Lisa and Tate February 16, 2006 at 5:46 am

    It is time to branch out girl!!! Sweaters are so easy… I have only knitted sweaters (15 at this count) and if *I* can do it you most definitely can!!! Start out with a sweater for a little one.. Small, easy to fit and sooooo cute!!! GO FOR IT!!! I will be pulling out an unfinished child’s sweater and finishing this sweater soon… And of course like everything else in my life…. I WILL BLOG IT!!! Hope to see your new knitting project on your blog!!!


  2. 2 Juliet February 16, 2006 at 2:14 pm

    Well, if you really want to branch out, go for it! If you have the passion and desire to try something new, then you should. But if you do think you will be stressing yourself out, I’m not so sure. Think about how you really feel about it, and if you will enjoy it.
    Good luck and happiness, whatever you decide. 🙂

  3. 3 Old Lush February 16, 2006 at 6:32 pm

    Ok, you crafty people make me sick!

    Not really…just guilty:)

  4. 4 Vivhttp://www.mywoolynest.typepad.com February 16, 2006 at 7:27 pm

    Oh, challenge is good. Challenge is what keeps us moving, what keeps us humble, and what staves off dementia (OK, that last one is all about me).

    The pattern you identified looks like a good one to start with. Small, simple. Go for it!

  5. 5 Eileen February 16, 2006 at 10:31 pm

    Go for it! Try something new!

    Thanks for the reminder – I started crocheting an afghan for Allison, didn’t get very far, forgot about it. I need to get it out and start working on it again.

  6. 6 Joannah February 17, 2006 at 1:13 am

    I love your new header! 🙂

  7. 7 Anonymous February 17, 2006 at 1:18 am

    I am so jealous of your creative talent!

  8. 8 Lisa~~ February 17, 2006 at 2:01 am

    Better you stress over those patterns than I. Good luck if you do decide to take on, what I consider the impossible!

  9. 9 Katie J February 17, 2006 at 4:00 am

    Branch out, but have an easy project going at the same time so you can always be knitting even if you get stuck. My 2 cents, anyway.

  10. 10 Gracencameronsmomy February 17, 2006 at 4:34 am

    When do you have time for this??? I can’t even keep up with my scrapbooks…maybe if I stopped reading so many blogs…I love yours! How do you put a header on top??

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