As some of you know, I used to work in a yarn shop. There are a lot of joys when you work in a yarn shop…seeing new yarns from reps, previewing lines before they are released, touching yarn ALL DAY LONG, talking with other people who love knitting/yarn as much as I do…the list goes on and on. But I think my favorite part of working in the store was helping people with their knitting and seeing them have their ‘ah-ha’ moment. The moment when whatever has been frustrating them (from new knitters learning to purl to experienced knitters finally making sense of that difficult cast on that has been eluding them) is what brought a smile to my face.
Learning anything new as an adult can be a little overwhelming. We have much more fear and trepidation than we did as children, whether it’s learning to drive a car for the first time, playing a new sport or learning a new cast on. We know we can do it…yet there is something that is holding us back.
My goal in today’s post is to encourage you to try something new in your knitting. And to NOT be intimidated by the process!
One of the awesome things about knitting or crocheting is that no mistake is permanent. I know how devastating it can be to rip out (or frog* as we knitters like to call it) hours of hard work. On the other hand, I feel that having an FO that I am happy and proud of is worth the time and effort.
When you go home tonight, I want you to pick up that project that has been hiding in the back of your closet, take a second look at that pattern that you have had your eye on (but seems a little advanced) or swatch a pattern that has a new technique in it. DON’T be afraid. You CAN do it! You may need to try it a few times, search the internet for some instructional videos or head off to your LYS for some help…but I have faith in you! And you should have faith in yourself!
*The term ‘frog’ in knitting comes from when you take the whole project off the needles and rip it out. You have to ‘rip-it, rip-it, rip-it.’