Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Look up from your knitting and crochet

Look up from your knitting and crochet project every now and then and take stock of you progress. This might be you too, but for me, sometimes as knitters and crocheters we are in such denial about our project. We put out heads in the sand and ignore the things that are right in front of our faces because we don't want to acknowledge the elephant in the room.

We ignore the things we need to notice that are right in front of our faces. When we choose the wrong yarn and needles or hook for a project or when we make a mistake. We try to justify it by saying "it will block out". Yeah, does that sound familiar. But we know the truth. Why do we do that? Why do we try to ignore the problem that is a small mistake 1 row below? We know it will bothers us in the finished project, yet we try to ignore it. Now it's 6" and 2-hours of knitting later, it's more difficult to fix, and a lot harder to ignore.

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We know the truth, yet we try so hard to force the yarn to so something it doesn't want to. We gloss over the missed stitch. We ignore the density of the fabric because the hook/needles are too small for the stitch pattern, chanting along the way, "it will block out" when if we would just go back, take a few minutes and fix the mistake when we first discover the problem, instead of working on, knitting another 6", you would be so much more happier with the project.

The longer you wait, the harder it's going to be to fix. Even worst, you might finish that epic sweater, deciding not to fix the mistake and then end up never wearing the sweater because it can stand up all by itself because your fabric is so stiff! Now you don't have the heart to even try to make the sweater again because the taste of disappointment is so raw and still so close to the surface you just can't go there again.

I don't know what it is. Is it fear? I know it's denial, but why? Gah! it's just yarn! So why does it have this affect on us? We are not saving the world here. It's just knitting and crochet! But there is so much emotional baggage that we put on it. All our insecurities and fears. But the truth is, yarn doesn't care if we are good or bad at this craft. It's not a metaphor for life. Or is it? I don't even know anymore. Maybe I am overthinking this. What do you think?

Check you gut. Don't be complacent. Do your thing!

So, over on the Pattern Writing 101 e-course we're on Week Three of the 4-week course (yay!) and we are having so much fun and learning a ton. If you not familiar, the course is about learning the fundamentals of how to write your first (or next) knit and crochet patterns where students are building their confidence to hit publish.

The thing I love most about the course are the fantastic questions coming through. After designing for almost 10 years, I forgot about some of the places where I got stuck when I was first starting out and the mindset changes I had to make for myself in order to build my confidence to put myself out there and hit publish. If you are interested in designing your own knit and crochet pattern, check out the Pattern Writing 101 blog post and join the waiting list to be notified when registration open again in the Fall.

Announcing 2 New Lessons: Current students of Pattern Writing 101 will receive 2 bonus lessons which I am offering as separate, stand along lessons to you.

Maybe you are already a designer and want a bit more support to get you to the next level. Check out these lessons: How to grade a pattern using MS Excel & How to get your pattern noticed on Ravelry. Each will include 1 lesson straight to your emailed on Sunday, Q+A emailed out on Wednesday/Thursday, and plenty of email support to get your specific questions answered.

Interested? Registration will open for only a few days from June 5-8. If you are interested in one or both of these lessons, click on the course below to join the wait list in order to be notified when registration is open. Space is limited.
Stay tuned for more information.

Please Note: Current students of Pattern Writing 101 get these 2 lessons as bonuses.

June 12 - How to grade a pattern using MS Excel
June 19 - How to get your pattern noticed on Ravelry

Until next time...Stitch on!

*A rising tide lifts all boats*


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