August 4, 2007

“Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crisis”

 In all that I do, I have a rather negative tendency to underestimate my own abilities. I like things simple, and if I’ve gotten good at the midium difficulty stuff, why kill myself trying to do the hard stuff that I’ll inevitably fail at? But sometimes you need to reach out.

For me that was Shedir. GAWD did I have a tough time starting this. I was using a separate cable needle, had lousy wool, and generally hemmed and hawed through the first three sets of braids. I thought to myself ‘Maybe I ought to just pack it in. Wait till I get better at cables…’ But how was I going to get better at cables if I didn’t try something harder than I was used to.

After all the complaining and second guessing, I have a beautiful hat that I’m really proud to say I made myself. Learning to cable without a cable needle is probably the best thing to come out of this since I can continue to benefit from it long after this hat has had holes worn in to it (I wear a LOT of hats in the fall and winter).

So here it is. My very own Shedir. Even with the cheapo wool (I do not recommend Swish Superwash for this project), it looks amazing. The Girl from A.U.N.T.I.E site has essentially been my one stop shop for learning how to cable. After doing many of her free cable patterns, I can honestly say that I understand the anatomy of a cable pattern. Basically, Jenna Wilson taught me how to cable. And I even find the talk of copyright law on her main blog fascinating 🙂



  1. It’s gorgeous, you should be proud!

  2. It’s beautiful! Wonderful job! I have always loved this pattern, but am a little afraid of it, too. And afraid of losing it once I make it (I would cry)! You inspire me to go for it.

  3. You did a wonderful job! I’m going to try this!

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