April 24, 2002

The head that launched a thousand headaches.

I knitted the blasted ostrich head!

After too many tries and contemplations, I shoved the ostrich head to the bottom of the "to do" list and knitted all other parts of the body (except for the feet and beak). Then I looked at the diagram and photo of the ostrich head closely, cast on stitches and just went at it. Voilą! It came out in less than ten minutes. When in doubt, don't think or sweat too much. Just knit, man.

[Incidentally, the pattern does call for adding on stitches at either edge, not increasing like I had considered.]

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4 comments to this entry:

I was just working myself up into a frenzy trying to figure out how to explain, in words, the increase at each end thing. I got up to get some coffee, came back, et voila, there was the picture of the head. I took a double pointed mitten class this winter--the body of the mitten had similar shaping. Glad you figured it out--and now I know I'm a visual learner as well as a visual explainer.
Thanks, Janet! I'm glad I finally got it, though. But I'd love to see a pair of those double-pointed mittens! I'd like to try my hand at knitting a pair for this winter.
Good job! I knew you could do it!
I know exactly what you're talking about! Often times I over-analyze the pattern in my head and it WILL NOT make sense. Then if I just sit down and DO it without thinking too much, it happens! Nothing like a good "A-HA" moment to make your day :-)

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