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Winning the War With My Yarn

I've been knitting since I was five years old, and most of that time, I've been able to knit easily and with minimal mistakes. I made afghans, sweaters, hats, scarves, shawls, headbands, bags, and anything else I found. I even convinced some of my teachers in high school to let me knit during class, if we were watching a movie or just having a dialogue.

But lately it seems all I can knit is mistakes. If there were a trophy for the most mistakes in one project, or the most frogged project, I'd win hands down.

A lot of things are to blame. First is not matching the project to the type of knitting needle: material it's made of, the shape and sharpness of the tips, and the type of yarn. Second is the yarn...is it fuzzy? Hard to work with? Slippery? Is it loosely plied? Third, is the project too complex for me, or will it frustrate me with charts (I hate charts)? And finally, a chunk of the blame lands on my shoulders because as I get older, I naturally get slower, have mor…