A lovely evening of knitty demistification and pattern-choosing with Sooz, hints and book recommendations in the comment box and calming, supportive emails all helped me to forge onward.
And I knitted my FIRST. EVER. KNITTED. GARMENT. In three days.
It's super-duper-wuper simplistic, but it made me proud of my ablity to stick with something that I didn't instantly excel in. (A little personality quirk from childhood that I've attempted to address in adulthood). It got a big thumbs-up from the kid who wore it all day today.
The pattern is this Cap Sleeved Top and the yarn is 100% wool Moda Vera "Tabard" - on sale at Spotlight for $2 a ball last week. (I bought a pink/green/yellow colourway in the same yarn, as well).
Somewhere over the weekend I also finished the Beebop Cardi in Bendigo Alpaca yarn (colour is Briar Rose). I started it some time last week.
Rather strangely - novice as I am - I've managed to spread the knitty-love even further. One of the staff at the crafty kid's kindergarten has started knitting, and attributes it to my influence. Apparently she looks forward to seeing what the wee girl is wearing and it has inspired her to pick up the sticks.
Who'd a thunk it?