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The dreaded pink thing…

This bag of knitting has been lurking in my living room for months...

This bag of knitting has been lurking in my living room for months…

Yesterday I broke a curse… well, kinda…

As some of you know, I knit. And the dreaded pink thing is one of those projects that I think all knitters trip over from time to time – the project from hell!

It’s taken me months… no… if I’m honest, years to get it right.

But I know I’m not alone – and I also know it’s not just about knitting…

I think anyone who attempts something creative – knitting, writing, painting, playing an instrument – has one – a Nemesis project.

When I rediscovered knitting about three years ago in New York, the very first pattern book I bought was from Rowan – because I really loved the look of their casual, slouchy cover-up. Lightweight and soft… it was exactly me.

I bought the book first – then started looking for the right wool.

This is the lovely Rowan pattern I fell in love with - but I didn't want to do it in white.

This is the lovely Rowan pattern I fell in love with – but I didn’t want to do it in white.

A year later – I finally found the perfect yarn – at the right price here in London.  I decided that would be my very next project.

A year later (yep – one more year) – I finally started knitting it.

Yesterday, I finished it… How long to knit it? No – not a year – only about seven months.

And I think the reason it took so long is all about the creative drive…. you see, I had to get it right, or at least as right as my knitting skills could make it.

I knitted the back – realised I had made a mistake and pulled half of it out and knitted it again.

I knitted the front and my tension got a bit loose – so it was going to be too big. I pulled it out and knitted it again.

In the middle of it all - I got so sick of the colour pibnk - I knitted these two other projects just so I would stop seeing pink every time I closed my eyes.

In the middle of it all – I got so sick of the colour pink – I knitted these two other projects just so I would stop seeing pink every time I closed my eyes.

Then I knitted the neck band three times – the first time was just a mess. The second time I had four stitches out of place. Just four. No-one would have seen them… but I knew they were there. So I pulled it out and did it again.

Then I sewed the cuffs – and decided they were two small, so I pulled that out and did that again too – because I knew I could do better.

And that’s what it’s all about. Knowing I had done the very best job I could do.

It’s the same when I write a book. When my readers open that book, I want it to be the very best book it can be. If there’s a flaw – even if I am the only person who notices it – then I haven’t done my job properly.

That’s not to say my books are perfect – far from it – but every single one is the very best book I could write at that time.

I am about to start doing the final edits on my second Coorah Creek book – which will be released next year and, by coincidence, includes a character who knits. You can be sure I will go back and re-read and tweak it as many times as I have to – whether it’s a chapter that’s wrong – or just a single word that’s not quite right. Because I want it to be the very best it can be.

And in the evenings, when I step away from the computer – I guess I’ll be starting my next knitting project. I’m not quite sure what it will be – but I can promise you this – it may be black or white or yellow or green.. maybe even blue. But it will not be pink!

 

Not quite as neat as the one in the pattern photo - but I like it and am planning to wear it this week when I have lunch with some writer friends!

Not quite as neat as the one in the pattern photo – but I like it and am planning to wear it this week when I have lunch with some writer friends!

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2 Responses to The dreaded pink thing…

  • I think it looks lovely Janet! I’m glad you persevered even though you were tired of the pink and excited to know the Second Coorah Creek book is coming along nicely!

    • Thanks Chanpreet. I can’t say too much yet – but I think I might be taking you back to Coorah Creek in March – and again in October. I’m very excited about both books. 🙂

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