If you happened to look in on my blog earlier this morning you may have seen a post about a baby bonnet that I was starting to test knit for Lucy Neatby. Well, I've decided to bail on the project. First, let me say that the pattern is excellent. Lucy went into great deal on how to work in the double-knitting technique, complete with diagrams. The problem wasn't with the pattern, it was with me. I was hating knitting every stitch.
I'd first tried double knitting, a method of creating a double thick, fully reversible fabric, about 30 years ago. I tried it and gave up on it but I'd since forgotten why. Now I remember. I just didn't like doing it, to put it mildly. Another technique that falls into the same category for me is entrelac. Don't like it. Won't do it.
I think that most of us have techniques that are favorites and some we don't like. I have my favorites: intarsia particularly, color knitting, textures, sock knitting and working with fingering-weight yarns among them.
I did learn something new from starting the pattern, something I've never done before and that's the tubular cast on. I like the edge that it gives a garment and will use it one day.
So, with apologies to Lucy, I'm moving on to other projects. Fortunately Lucy has many test knitters and I'll be glad to knit something for her in the future, but for this project, I'm done.