Day Two: Skill + 1UP
Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year. Have you learned any new skills or forms of knitting/crochet...?
Whew! What a question to ask. Well...2010 was an amazing year for my growth as a knitter. I started the year crying every time I picked up my projects ( I had learned how to knit in 2009 while spending countless hours in the ER and ICU watching my father slowly die from lung disease) which was therapeutic but also very sad. I had so many emotions tied to my knitting. Maybe that is why I love spinning so much. Every time I sit at my spinning wheel, I feel the weight of the world wash away from me. Where some people are frustrated spinners, I find the rhythm of the treadle and drafting of the fiber calming yet get easily frustrated knitting.
When I first learned to knit I found myself surrounded by some amazing knitters with skills that were beyond compare. Being an over-achiever, I wanted to knit like they did without realizing that they had been knitting for a long time and had worked to achieve that level. I would get frustrated and...cry. One snowy day in January 2010, my friend Holly decided that it was time for me to get some knitting confidence and learn to knit in the round. I conquered the London Beanie and found a love for knitting hats and knitting in the round.
Before long, the frustration I had as a knitter slowly melted away and I started to understand patterns and my skill level better. Instead of wanting to knit like other people, I started to find my own way and patterns that fit my style. Although I have a dream list of lace patterns that I will one day knit, I finally understand that I don't have the skills or the patience to knit those projects...yet. I am also learning that there is no need to rush the skill level. There are so many patterns out there to enjoy that I have a lifetime to knit all of them that I adore.
I now enjoy knitting and I haven't cried while knitting in ages. Oh, I grumble and bellyache but that is just my nature (said with a smirk). Thanks to KellyJ at Your Local Yarn Shop, I now am knitting color work. (Yes, it is helpful having the pattern writer just minutes from your farm). The photo I am showing is the Winter's Rhythm Caplet that I knitted as part of a KAL at Your Local Yarn Shop. I was super excited to finish this because I actually completed it on time with the rest of the group, it taught me new techniques plus I made some new friends while participating in the KAL. Win/Win/Win
Who knows where the next year will lead in my knitting adventures. I do know that socks are up next...