Somewhere in between the beginning of my knitting career and the beginning of last year I decided that I hated purling. I intentionally sought out projects that were either garter stitch or knit in the round (hello 11 hats!) I didn’t like the way purling felt in my hands and it made my progress slow considerably, so I just avoided it. Which, as I’m sure you can guess helped to make me better at it! (sarcasm!). Right around the time I was designing my own shawl pattern (oddly enough, to use a covetted skein of the now reviled Wollmeise), I decided that the only way to get the gorgeous colors to show and the pattern I wanted was to purl. So I cast on for my triangular shawl and determined to finish it in such as way that it looked good, I purled. I swore and bitched and moaned through the stst sections… I cursed myself for deciding to purl on a triangle shawl (where the rows get insanely long) instead of on something small…. and then, before I knew it, I was done and it looked amazing!
Around the middle of last year, I decided that since I loved knitting lace, and not many lace patterns I like are in garter stitch, that I would have to purl again… this time on EVERY. OTHER. ROW…So I cast on Haruni as the first installment of a knit along with a group of people that I now count as some of my favorite knitters and people… I decided also, since I was going to put all that work into purling, that this was going to be the project that I also actually fixed mistakes in… that I learned what it looks like to tink back, or even rip out whole sections… and I decided that stitchmarkers are not for me, so the entire thing was done by reading my knitting… there ended up being a few mistakes that my local knitting friends helped to fix, and many I fixed myself, but around the end of the summer I had succcessfully knit a stockinette based lace shawl with no mistakes! It had taken me almost 3 months (altho not straight knitting… I took about a month break at one point) but I had done it!