What I sometimes fail to take into consideration is the effect my knitting has on others. It seems OH finds it quite relaxing having me knit away at my much loved socks (especially on the rare occasion he is the lucky recipient), but apparently my mood often changes when I am trying something more challenging like a lace shawl. It seems I can become quite a grump! Along the way I have discovered I much prefer the triangular shawls which start with just a few stitches and grow as you knit. Casting on 300 plus stitches and trying to keep to a pattern, so far has just not been my thing. Perhaps I need to add that to the "to-do-list" when I'm stuck on a desert island with little else to concentrate on!