So it's been a bad week. Two tests and two papers, an interview and inventing a portfolio to go with said interview (yes, I graduated, yes I'm still taking classes, you just can't keep me away). Said portfolio should show things like internship experience, classwork, and hand skills. The hand skills area was lacking so I decided to knit something impressive (at the very last minuet of course). I went for Spiralen
I freaking hate lace. I never thought I hated lace, but I do. Everything seems relatively simple: I read the instructions, I understand the instructions, I follow the instructions, and I end up with the wrong amount of stitches at the end of the row. Also starting knitting in the round with only 8 stitches on size 3 needles was one of the hardest knitting things I've ever done. Shouldn't have been, but it was. But the good news is since I had to start over so many times (about 12) I'm now really good at knitting in the round with only 8 stitches on size 3 needles....
At first I came up with this, which only vaguely looks like the pictures in the pattern. I was confused. Then I realized that the "plain knit every other row" direction only lasted until row 12, yet I of course had continued it all the way through because I am so good at following directions.
Everyone told me this was lovely. It was fantastic and great for my portfolio. I of course thought it was crap because that is not what it's supposed to look like. So with little time left before I actually really needed a finished portfolio and when I actually should have been doing schoolwork, I made a new one, the correct way (and it goes a lot faster when you're not adding extra rows....)