Thursday, September 22, 2011

Enlightening Conversation

A couple of weeks ago, I had a chance to sit and knit with the Wednesday afternoon knitters.  The conversation is always interesting, you never know what you'll learn, and I always seem to come away with something new to think about. 

People talked about what the group had meant to them and how coming to the group had really opened their eyes and made them feel better about their knitting. 

Before attending the sit 'n knit groups, some knitters had been hard on themselves when it came to their knitting.  It's funny, but although making mistakes is common for everyone, we seem to think we aren't very good at what we do.  We harbour the illusion that everyone else probably goes from beginning to end of a project without any mistakes or 'frogging' (rippit, rippit!).  Over the years, I've gotten pretty good at fixing mistakes and tinking (unknitting) my work ...because when you make a lot of mistakes, you get a lot of practice!!!

So, I guess, the message today is that knitting is like life.  Mistakes are human.  Learning to deal with them and then "get on with it" is what is most important.  And unlike life, there are lots of do-overs in knitting ...and that's a good thing!

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