Thursday, September 2, 2010

Everything I Need to Know, I Learned From Knitting

1.) It's easy to start projects, but not as easy to finish them.  But with hard work and dedication, it's so satisfying to finish what you started.
2.) Somedays even the easiest projects lead to tinking or frogging.  Sometimes you have to take a break and try again AND again AND again.  Never give up.
3.) Frogging mohair projects is a special hell.  So why knit lace in mohair?  Because challenging ourselves and having confidence in our abilities produces stunning results.
4.) Most non-knitters have absolutely no idea how much work goes into knitting a gift.  Some of them will carelessly throw that 34,000 st pair of 100% Merino Wool socks in the washer with the rest of their clothes and then into the dryer.  Don't waste your time on those who don't appreciate you.  Life is too short.
5.) You see a pattern you absolutely MUST knit.  But then you read it and it's labeled as an "Intermediate" level knit.  Don't limit yourself.  Push yourself and have faith in your ability.
6.) Someone in knitting group tells you that you are knitting "wrong."  Don't let others box you in.  Embrace your uniqueness and focus on your end goal.
7.) Someone makes mention that your knitting supplies and yarn are sub-standard in their opinion.  No one can make you feel sub-standard unless you let them.
8.) Your latest project has been riddled with problems.  You've tinked, tinked, ripped back, knit, and tinked some more.  And now you realize that your stitch count is off.  Sure it would be easy to just frog it.  But keep at it.  Nothing teaches you more in life than your mistakes.
9.) Small children (and cats) think it's fun to rip out your project.  Have patience.  Take a deep breath.  Life gives you many obstacles, but it's how you handle the situation that will shape you.
10.) You've never blocked a project before.  You block it and it looks different than the designer's blocked piece.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
11.) You can't seem to "get" what the pattern is asking for.  You Google.  You work through it.  You rip.  You keep trying.  With God, all things are possible.
12.) You turn the heel on your first sock project and knit the gusset successfully!  Celebrate your successes!
13.) You just can't seem to figure out a technique.  You log onto a knitting forum only to have some snarky knitters "disagree" with you for asking for help.  But there are some really helpful knitters who are happy to comment and point you in the right direction.  Take the best and forget the rest!
14.) Eating chocolate and knitting is not very handy.  One thing at a time.
15.) You are a process knitter and your friend is a project knitter (as the Yarn Harlot describes).  It's okay to be different.  Know yourself.  Own it.  And enjoy life.



  1. It sounds like you have learn a lot, o Grasshopper! Go forth and knit some more!

  2. Cute! And so true. Especially like #11 :)

  3. You could write a chapter for each one of these lessons and have a book ;)

  4. I really loved this post. I'm really going to take to heart number five. I was working on a lace scarf pattern that I put aside. It's been difficult but I need to remember how great it will feel when I finally finish it!


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