I have a rather bad habit of not trying anything new. I don't mean trying new food - I've cracked that one (mostly) but I mean new things generally. I don't try new things as I have a fairly mad idea that I can't fail at something if I haven't tried it. It's a habit that I am trying not only to break, but to smash into tiny pieces so I can never fall back onto it again.
Let me give you an example. I love knitting again. My Grandma F taught me how to cast on & off and knit when I was a teenager and then I stopped before I did anything else. I think I did about 6 squares with the intention of making a blanket. I then picked up the needles last year and started again - I could even hear my Grandma F's voice in my head telling me how to cast on, and I did it first go (Thanks Grandma!). So I knit things - squares, scarves, simple things. Then I taught myself how to Purl - this took multiple watches of You tube videos and involved me sticking out my tongue - it helped, truly.
So I have knit 1 pram blanket, 2 lap blankets, and 4 scarves. I have a list of beautiful things I NEED to knit but the old "Oh, I could never do that struck". So in my first attempt to break down my "oh don't even try" mentality, I bought some dishcloth cotton (3 weeks ago!) and started my first dishcloth. Now I am certain(ish) that I followed the pattern. So can anyone tell me why my stitch looks nothing like the original???? Anyone, Mum?
The original can be found here http://craftfloozy.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/project-10-double-moss-kitchen-cloth/ . I have obviously done something incorrectly - but for the first time, I am not struck with disappointment. Yup, it looks nothing like what it should be it's fine and will do the job just nicely. Want to see my version?
Now I think I may start another one, in a different pattern whilst I wait for my Mum to come down and explain where mine differs from the pattern.... MUUUUUUUUUM.
Then I may pluck up the courage to try knitting something not a square/oblong - maybe!!!!
Edited: Thanks to G's help we've figured out where I went wrong. I read the pattern as knit row 1,2,1,2 etc it actually says knit row 1,2,2,1 - and yes I can usually read!!!! I shall try it again.