I know. I know. First I said I'd start back on Princess January 1st, then I had a tantrum and said I was going to give up. I don't know what it is about this pattern, but my brain freezes every time I look at it.
My original goal, way back at the beginning of 2006, was to knit Princess in a little over a year -- in time to have it to wear in Venice, where I was hoping to spend our tenth wedding anniversary. 2006, though, turned out to my my own annus horribilis. To paraphrase the Queen, 2006 "is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure". Right down to the last two weeks, when I was felled by the dreaded lurgy.
Needless to say, given all that's happened in the last year, we are not going to Venice in March.
However, now that I'm liberated of the goal of knitting Princess before March, there should be no reason I just couldn't take my time and do a row here and there, right? And it'll be done before I know it, right?
There is, however, still that little matter of the needle. You know, the one I had a tantrum over last spring? The one in which I tried many brands of needles. In which we attached shrink wrap tape to a needle. All to no avail, because the damned stitches still get caught on the join, and I have to lift them one by one by one by one by one (ad infinitum) over it. It is a slow, laborious, and frustrating process, and if there's one thing I hate, it's when knitting doesn't flow smoothly.
I have a couple more solutions in mind. First, though, I have to figure out how in the world one sets up the first row of the chart, because my fevered end of bad year brain refuses to see how the math works.
I've given myself a month to get over it or move on.
Of course, you do realize that this probably means another tantrum towards the end of January, don't you?
I promise to try very hard not to send it to you in an email...