You spend countless hours time laying out a pattern. Ideas flow through your mind on what you want to do to make the project your own...a self creation that will make others ooohhh and awww or maybe even ask "Where did you buy that cause I need one!". So you finally gather up every piece (from the right yarn to the perfect needles) only to hope that it will complete the puzzle by the time you are done and then you take a deep breath before you start the first stitch. Let me just say right now that I took that same deep breath before I started this blog. I love that feeling, knowing that something truely original is about to happen and it is up to you to make it happen. Being fairly new to the knitting circle (I guess you could call me a "rookie" with only two years under my belt), I know I have to pay my dues by royally screwing up my fair share of patterns before learning enough to move up the ladder. But, there is always the backup plan when the stitches don't add up or look the way you saw them in your head.....just tell everyone you ment to do it. With all of the websites now a days I feel like I can get advice at the drop of a hat when I am trying to decide if it is even worth the time and effort to continue the battle. Other bloggers have been a huge help with not only knitting 101 but encouragement when you are considering turning your knitting needles into firewood. I look forward to the day that I can be that encouragement for someone else but in the mean time....my knitting needles are my therapist that is telling me right now to stop typing and get working! By the way, I would like to thank Tigger for his addition of the multiple lines of jibberish to this in which I quickly deleted on multiple instances while typing this. He has been addicted to my laptop since he was a kitten as you can see in the photo the day he came to our home (he is getting caught up on the latest news in this photo). It's just now he presses alot more buttons with his belly when it takes his 2 minute nap on my laptop.