Happy Leap Year Day!
On February 7, 2011, I started October Frost by Lisa Lloyd.
(photo from knitterBunny on Ravelry)
I did the gauge swatch, and then I started. It was kind of a big jump for me, because until then, I'd only done scarves and socks since my stroke. I really wanted to make October Frost, and before my stroke, it seemed easy. Remember thinking everything was easy to do, but you didn't have the time to do them? Now I had all the time I wanted, but everything was hard.
I did the ribbing on the back, (I blogged about it here) and I started the cables .... I started those damn cables three times, and I kept doing it wrong, miserably wrong. I just couldn't think straight, could not count, had trouble getting "left" and "right" mixed up. The first time I did the cables, I think I had every other cable twisted the wrong way in the sweater, and I ripped it out back to the ribbing, vowing to do it right the next time.
The next time, I paid close attention, which was harder than I thought. Why is this so hard to do, I thought. I got the first repeat of the pattern done, and saw only about 4 cables twisted wrong. It was a big improvement! But I ripped it back to the ribbing and set out again.
The third time, I got it right, checking carefully every single row, but man ... this was really tough. My brain was sore. I didn't like to look at it. So I set it aside and concentrated on doing scarves for Christmas, and felt better. I changed my status on Ravelry to "Hibernating" for my October Frost, but I left it out where I could get at it, because I was bound and determined not to let some silly cables win. I was a little depressed though, because I used to have fun doing Aran knitting, specifically because the cables were challenging, but I could do them easily. Now they were really hard.
Now I'm thinking about it. My brain is not as foggy as it was last February, partly because of the wheat-free thing and partly because I have exercised my brain a bit and can do more. I am going to try October Frost sometime this year, and we'll see if I can get it right this time. Wish me luck!