I’ve been a super scaredy cat for weeks over Gretel by Ysolda. I do the same thing everytime. I buy a gorgeous pattern, buy the wool, can’t wait to start it and then chicken out at the first hurdle! With Gretel it was the cast on – a tubular rib cast on. It doesn’t help that I hate the thumb cast on method either. Well yesterday I finally started it and after a couple of tries I have cast on all my stitches and knit the first two rows. Now I just have to rearrange them for a 2×2 rib. I’m knitting it with the Debbie Bliss Donegal Aran tweed I bought from The Wool Baa in Sheffield.