Our babysitter took me with her to see HELP! when I was in second grade and, as you might suspect, it went completely over my head.
At least I was familiar with the music. There was no escaping it, and I loved it. Even though I was pretty young, I was still pretty swept up by Beatlemania!
This week, I was reminded of HELP! (and a few other things) when I was asked to give some.
The thing about blogging — mostly about knitting — for nearly eight years and being a member of Ravelry for five — if not an active participant in all its arenas, at least actively documenting my projects — is that I've knit a lot of things, even a few epic things.
I had a message on Ravelry from a knitter with a question about the increases and decreases in the cable chart for St. Brigid. I thought, "Wow, it's been a few years since I looked at that chart!" Being the first sweater I ever worked from a chart, it was a HUMONGOUS chart — the one where I copied and taped a mock-up of the ENTIRE SWEATER on some matboard. It's a lovely tri-fold thing (and did I mention HUGE?) that sort of resembles something Moses carried down from Mount Sinai, though this written not by God but charted by the goddess Alice Starmore.
So, I looked up on Ravelry and saw that I finished St. Brigid SEVEN YEARS ago!
And, can I just say, THANK GOD & ALICE STARMORE that Aran Knitting has been republished because for so long all I'd get were requests and pleas for the pattern from an out-of-print book that I didn't even own; that I'd had to track down through our statewide interlibrary loan system, myself, way back when.
Anyway, once I looked at the chart, it was easy to see where the knitter was likely having a problem. I was surprised at how quickly I remembered actually making those stitches! I messaged/emailed back with just a bit more explanation of what should be happening over those few rows.
Then on Thursday at Knit Night, I was able to help someone work and understand short rows for the first time.
And this morning I met a friend at the coffee shop to help figure out what was going on with her knitting — also with a bonus brief explanation of short rows! She won't be doing short rows for a while yet, but I thought perhaps it would help down the road to have a memory.
I really love doing that… helping people figure stuff out. It's so rewarding when they get it. I love a happy knitter, don't you?