So I finished my hat and in the end the yarn I used was fantabulous.
Best yarn ever.
Unfortunately totally out of my price range for anything larger than a hat. I am VERY pleased with the way it turned out and the fact that this pattern came out of my head. I added a little crochet trim to fancy it up abit. I've worn it round the house the last two nights looking like a complete loon - it's hardly hat weather here.
This hat really got my knitting courage up. Possibly a little too high. In fact, so high I thought I'd take a stab at a cardi. Which I've already started. And which I've already shed tears over.
Yes, bit too ambitious eh?
Here's my problem.
I'm really hoping you experienced knitters out there can help me. You see, my stitches are too tight. I remember my Mum telling me they were too tight when I was a little girl learning to knit. I try really hard to be more relaxed, but I am terrified of dropping stitches. But here lies the problem, if I do drop a stitch, its gone. Poof. Gone. It's almost impossible to pick them back up. If I realized I've flubbed even one stitch on the pattern I am far too terrified to unravel and pick up the stitches as they seem to vanish.
I also can't figure out how to not drop my right needle to wrap the yarn. Everything I read says don't drop your right needle. My books show all the fandangled ways of wrapping the yarn around your fingers so you don't have to drop the right needle. I just end up tying all my fingers together! But I think this might be why my stitches are so tight.
I really really want to knit something other than a hat and at this point it seems all I can manage. At the rate I've knitted hats this last year, I could grow three more heads and still be able to cover them on a chilly day!
I've bought dozens of books and Youtubed myself to death. I don't know anyone locally who knits and I fear I may have to overcome my fear of the snobby ladies at the LYS and join one of their expensive classes.
Please, does anyone have any useful tips for me?
I do hope I'm not alone in this boat.
Well I must be off. I'm off to do some crochet, try and put my knitting in the too hard basket out of sight for a bit as I've run out of tissues and bad words.