The Worm Has Turned

MasonM's picture

Ok, silly title.

Thanks to the help I received here and elsewhere I have come to accept the fact that I am learning a new skill and craft in knitting and as such my work is not going to be perfect. And that's ok.

I've learned how to spot most of the mistakes I am making before I make them and thus prevent them. I've learned how to calmly fix the mistakes that I do make and just consider it a part of the knitting process itself.

Suddenly knitting has become very calming. It's a great way to relax and drain away the stresses of the day.

It's like a totally different experience all of a sudden. Very enjoyable instead of very frustrating. I know my skills will improve with practice over time and until then if my knitting isn't perfect, so what? It's still enjoyable.

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MasonM's picture

Consistent tension is my

Consistent tension is my biggest challenge right now, but I'm sure I'll get there eventually.

Mason

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Glad you're getting over the

Glad you're getting over the hump! It took me something like 2 or 3 solid days of sweating, swearing, raveling, and unraveling (Did I mention swearing? I think my wife suspected I'd become a sailor...) before I was able to knit my very first row. It was an incredibly frustrating journey, and it took me a good year to get reasonably proficient at it... two years later, and I still don't think I'm all that good. But I sure enjoy it. :)

The fact is, knitting is a brand new skill. And ask yourself, when was the last time you truly attempted to learn a new skill, by yourself? A skill that is likely quite alien from anything else you've done? For most people, it's probably been quite a long time... and some people probably never really stretch their boundaries. So enjoy it!

Oh, and a little suggestion that's certainly helped me: I found when I got frustrated, I wrapped my stitches more tightly around the needles. The end result is that it was harder to work the next row, as they were so tightly wound around the needle. Try to keep the muscles in the arms and back relaxed, and don't worry about really tightening the stitches around the working needle (just try to be consistent).

MasonM's picture

Thanks guys. I appreciate

Thanks guys. I appreciate all of the encouraging and helpful comments.

You know, since I just chilled out and started knitting instead of stressing it's going much faster too. Funny thing is, now that I'm not sweating the mistakes I'm making fewer of them.

Mason

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MMario's picture

Mike beat me to it - just

Mike beat me to it - just consider that I've said everything he did -but I'm a little slower....

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I sometimes play a character who does.

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That's great, Mason - I

That's great, Mason -

I think a lot of people [guys and gals alike] are often so product or goal oriented that the fun and pleasure of the action of knitting gets lost. Good for you!

I love what Jonathan wrote about sticks and string, so I'm adding something I read someplace - if you're going to knit, you're going to tink. which is of course, knit backwards.

JP

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Hey Mason, Good for you!

Hey Mason,

Good for you! Your post states so eloquently in so few words the journey of learning a craft. I was reading in some book over the weekend something like "relax - it's just a really long piece of string and two pointed sticks." When I get frustrated, it's good for me to remember that.

Jonathan

Woo Hoo ! ! ! Welcome

Woo Hoo ! ! !

Welcome aboard. I *knew* you'd have the "a-HA!" moment. We all did. It's not the destination, but the Journey, Mason.

Good for you 'getting it' so early on.

It's pretty much Uphill from here on. (Ok, I just made that last part up . . . It's really downhill but I'm a sick Virgo with too much time on my hands and a very twisted sense of humor . . . HA!)

~Mike in Tampa

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