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  • Ellen Lewis
Do you want to do this the hard way?

When I was growing up, my father always encouraged me to do the hard thing.  I can still hear him telling me  "Never take the easy path" and "You should always do what's right, not what's easy,"  He was an academic who believed in taking the harder hardest classes.  I suppose that's how I ended up in the engineering school when engineering wasn't at all what I wanted to do with my life.  Not that I knew what I wanted to do with my life when I was 18, but that's a story for another day.  I know he meant well, and for the most part, the right thing is often harder than the easy thing, but there's also a basic human tendency to undervalue things that come too easily.  We believe that it's not worthy unless you've earned it or learned it with much pain and suffering.   I'm a long way past college, and my dear father has been dead more than 15 years, but I still hear his voice discouraging me from taking the easy way on anything at all.  Well, sorry, Daddy, but not everything has to be difficult to be good. 

Like what, you ask?  Well, like Brioche Stitch and Fisherman's Rib. These are two names for a beautiful cushy stretchy fabric that looks amazing in two colorways.  They look nearly identical, but one of them is simple, and one of them is, well, let's just call it fiddly.  While the Brioche Stitch is a terrific way to impress your knitting friends with your skill, no one else could discern the difference between the two fabrics.  In fact, when Ginni taught the Brioche Class earlier this year, she knit one sample in Brioche and one in Fisherman's Rib, and we can only tell them apart by the colors she used.  At the beginning of that class Ginni went over the Fisherman's Rib, and everyone got it in about thirty seconds.  So, when we saw this gorgeous accessory we immediately decided to rewrite the pattern the easy way. 

Not only is it gorgeous, it's easy.  In fact, since it's a little trick that gives you an awesome treat, and it's dead simple, we decided to offer it as a fun knitalong for Halloween.  Join Ginni next Tuesday, October 31st at 2 pm to get started on this great cowl.  She'll share with you her tips and teach you the trick for keeping track of where you are every stitch, every round.  You deserve this Halloween treat for yourself - fabulous and not fattening! 

I look forward to seeing you in the shop and around the table.  You are always welcome here.   ~Ellen

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Comments on this post ( 5 )

  • Oct 27, 2017

    You have me thinking about my Dad. I remember my Dad saying things like, “if you can’t do it right don’t do it at all” or “if it’s not your best don’t bother”. I suppose those are goal oriented slogans from a dear man who appreciates a job well done. I have almost finished a prayer shawl for him and he doesn’t have to know it was an easy pattern and its not perfect. ? I am making a deal with perfectionism- good enough is better than nothing—a little bit is still a blessing. Or as my artist/art teacher daughter would say, “mom, its probably NOT going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art so just have fun with it.”

    — Kathy Cox

  • Oct 24, 2017

    I also would like to know if this pattern ) Fisherman Rib Cowl) is available for purchase? It is lovely. Miriam

    — Miriam Duguid

  • Oct 24, 2017

    Can we get the fisherman’s rib pattern for this cowl without doing the KAL?

    — Melinda Adams

  • Oct 24, 2017

    Did you get a degree in engineering? I think it might enhance the knitting process. For the most part, knitting is difficult. Getting a pretty and interesting product takes a big investment.

    — Carolyn

  • Oct 24, 2017

    Aw shucks, wish I were there! This looks like just my c up of tea. I love a new and tricky-looking stitch.

    — Ann Boyer

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