Poorly written knitting patterns. They're the number one reason that I don't design knitting patterns myself. I am not joking that they are a danger to knitters, especially if they want to keep their knitting addiction habit well into their 80's. I've been knitting a baby sweater to donate to my preschool's fundraising auction and bad on me for not reading the instructions ahead of time, but it pretty much broke me of my knitting habit. It was such an annoying pattern, utilizing techniques that were completely unnecessary to the end product and put so much tension on my hands, wrists and a very beautiful yarn that I have stopped knitting since. Somehow my brain has now associated knitting with frustration and anger instead of relaxation.
It came as a surprise because this free baby cardigan pattern is very popular. The designer went on to write an entire book of knitting patterns. I consider myself to be an advanced knitter. I've knitted cardigans, felted bags, made blankets. I can knit lace in the presence of two toddlers. It came as a bit of a whallop that for some reason what should have been a straightforward knitting pattern became an acrobatic program for my wrists that made me hate knitting, hate yarn and question the cuteness of babies.
I'm sure that I will knit again. Especially after publishing this little tidbit, but this confirms something for me. I don't really want to be a knitting pattern designer. I don't think I could handle the responsibility if something I designed turned someone off knitting.
Here's to hoping that I get back to the needles soon.