Most of the time, I consider myself to be a good knitter. When I first started knitting, I had no idea that some techniques were "hard" or that a beginner "couldn't" do them, so I just did them. I've never really felt as if there's something in knitting that I cannot do.
And then lace knitting happens. I enjoy knitting lace. It's beautiful, and it's interesting. But there are always some rows I mess up, have to rip out & re-do. Always. I'll knit and knit and the project will be going smoothly and then a "problem" row happens. I don't know if I get cocky, or if I'm just unable to read properly when I get to certain rows, or if I suddenly forget how to count, but there are always several rows that I mess up. And they frustrate me.
I think the mistakes happen when I allow my mind to think about other things while I'm knitting (like I can do with most projects). I really need to be in a room by myself, and to keep my mind focused on the pattern when I'm knitting lace.
The lace shawl, Irene Adler, will soon be finished (I don't have any current pictures - it kind of looks like a blob). I "only" have about 40 more rows (300+ stitches each row) to knit. I need to have it finished by the 18th or the 19th so that I can soak & block it. It needs to be totally finished by the 20th. Plenty of time, right?