I have a degree in English Rhetoric. I love to read. I teach reading. But despite all of these things, I still fail to read directions. This often results in frustration and sloppy work. I don't know what it is about directions that allude me. I read them and then I go and do what I think I should do. Only to find out that there was a reason that the directions were written the way they were. THAT is what you are supposed to do. Here are two prime examples from just this week:
Charm Quilt: I am working on my fall charm quilt. It should have been a SUPER easy quilt to put together. A few things became problems. One, I didn't really understand how to cut charm squares. That was no fault of the directions. But then I didn't sew the blocks together right. This resulted in me having to take half of them out and re-sew them. Annoying.
Rhino Sweater: I am working on this kids sweater and I almost have the back completely done. I kept thinking that it looked big, but how am I supposed to know how big a two year old is? So then I had a friend over and she was laughing at how big my sweater was. Turns out I was knitting the FOUR year old size. Hmm....not sure that a kid in kindergarden is going to want to wear a sweater with a rhino on the front. Great. My failure to read has foiled me again.