I finally finished my Montana Winter Cardigan.
And it's full of mistakes.
For one thing, and the biggest mistake; it is way too big for me.
I started knitting this sweater in July. I thought I would complete it around Christmas or so. So in that sense, January 12th isn't too far off.
I wanted to make this sweater for myself after finishing this one in June.
The small one I made as a challenge to myself and for an unknown grandchild to be. My idea was that knitting a similar one for myself would help us stay connected over what appears will be quite a distance of miles. Not a bad idea.
My first problem was that the pattern was created for a 3 year old. My second problem is that I thought I could adapt it for myself. I'm not that advanced a knitter.
See how the brown drops down over the shoulders? It's not supposed to do that.
So, after what you can imagine are many, many, many, hours of knitting I have a sweater that, well, is OK, but it's obviously too large.
But, I am going to wear it. AND I am going to enjoy it. Because it's a lesson learned.
I've already started another sweater for myself. One I will check carefully along the way to see that it fits. One for which I have an actual pattern.
I've made many mistakes during my years. I think the worst thing a person can do is deny them. The next worst thing is to not learn from them and then allow feelings of guilt and remorse to haunt you.
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