Since I began to knit, I've always been fascinated with folks who can knit without looking. I was always amazed at tales of people reading and knitting, watching TV and knitting (instead of just listening), or going to the movies and knitting. I knew it wouldn't be a tricky skill to learn, but the fear of having to rip back was always too great. Thankfully I'm over that fear now and I'm fairly confident that I can fix just about any knitting mistake. The first few times I had a go at it I kept glancing back down at my hands. Was I doing it right? Were my hands making the stitches correctly? Did I miss anything? It's like when you're rock climbing and you're have to push yourself backwards over the edge of the cliff before you belay down. There's that moment of "holy crap, what the hell am I doing?" and then once you're over, you're fine. Well, maybe it's not *exactly* like that, take out the physical danger and the over-the-edge feeling is the same.
I've been practicing with the Husband Sweater and 624 square inches of stockinette later, I've got it down. I still glance every now and then to see where I am, but I'm officially ok with not looking to make sure my hands are executing a stitch I've done millions of times before. Seems silly that I ever worried about it when I think about it that way.
Some folks have wondered what the Husband Sweater will look like, so I thought I'd share the official mock-up that I'm working from. Don't worry; my knitting is much better than my drawing.