doesn't follow directions…

i’ve always considered myself to be one of those people who follows the rules. the never goes over the speed-limit, never talks out of turn, always reads the instructions type. more recently, i’ve come to accept that certain rules are meant to be broken–as long as one those the rules well enough to break them. this explains why i felt perfectly comfortable slightly modifying the toe for my flame wave sock–i’m not really breaking the rules, just making the sock fit better. however. as i sat working on the second sock over the weekend, i realized something. at almost no point in the socks have i actually followed the directions. (although i did cast on the right number.) i didn’t make the leg as long as called for (no big crime), but worse – instead of starting the heel after the 11th or 23rd row of the pattern (as called for) i stopped after row 16 (not even a right side row!) i followed row 1 of the heel precisely – and completely ignored (unintentionally) the instructions for row 2. i did shape the gussets correctly, but only after accidentally skipping two pattern rows (twice!). at least the toe change was deliberate.

i can only conclude that either a) i can no longer read or b)my subconscious is urging on a spot of rebellion. of course a certain ditziness i seem so be having trouble with could be to blame. but i’m in denial on that front…

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