“Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises” – Elizabeth Zimmermann
This is what’s on my needles today:
A pair of mittens. I have mentioned them here before…
The felted flower at the top is made from the pilling and fuzz balls that appear on hand-knitted garments after they have been worn a while… I thought I could make a good use of them, by turning them into flowers! (I’m planning on making Christmas Decorations with them too).
Boy is very pleased with his new woolly socks… (which are also mentioned HERE):
Although they have been sitting in his drawer for a while, He has started wearing them today… They are great inside wellies!
I have been toying with the idea of writing the pattern down to put it on Ravelry, but I’m not sure if it would be of any interest to anyone…
She wrote this post, about this Work In Progress she currently has on her needles… it looks beautiful.
I am sorry to say, I have been having that same WIP hidden away in a bag for months now. Well the yoke on mine was going to be with paper dolls, like on the original pattern. But I have to unravel the whole thing, because it’s too tight. The sleeves are too tight. The whole thing is too tight. I knitted it all the way up to the yoke, and… no. I look like a fat sausage squeezed inside a road bike inner tube (please don’t analyse this).
That’s how I started knitting socks after socks, after socks. Well, knitting socks is nice and addictive. But I have also been subconsciously processing my failure, learning new knitting techniques and through knitting, knitting and knitting a bit more, just getting a bit better at it, one project at a time. And now, I am thinking that I could just unravel the whole thing, make it 2 sizes bigger (yes it’s that bad) and knit a yoke of paper owls instead of paper dolls! This idea rekindled some sense of hope and excitement with that project. Until now the thought of it just made me look up at my eyebrows and sigh.
Although even when I finish a project, I pretty much always feel disappointed. It’s very odd. I can’t just enjoy the fact I have finished it, and that I have learned new things in the process of making it. No. I feel that somehow it’s not as good as what —- —— or ——– —- would have done, or that it doesn’t look as good on me as it does on the picture.
It’s silly, I know. But I tend to make myself feel miserable, by comparing myself with rock stars knitters/designers, and here’s that familiar feeling again: of not being good enough or not as good as…
I was very much made aware of that negative pattern when I finished my first flamingo mitten earlier this week. I felt deflated and considered giving up knitting altogether because I wasn’t good enough at it.
A few years ago, you would have told me that I would ever be able to knit stranded colourwork like that, I would have been all over the moon! Now I can do it and I’m not even happy about it. It made me feel like a loser because the end result is not as good as…
And that’s a classic example of how people give up too easily on things.
This lack of contentment, this tendency to not appreciate where I am, right now and to be pleased with the progress I have made will always get in the way! If I can’t look back and allow myself to be happy with the progress I have made (all through making mistakes, trials and a lot of errors) How will I ever be able to enjoy anything at all, let alone the way ahead?
I think that’s the difference between most (sane?) people and the knitting goddesses I tend to compare myself with.
They haven’t been put off by their failures, they had the stubbornness to keep going, to make mistakes and to unravel hundreds, if not thousands of miles/kilometres of knitting without blinking. (I suppose knitting is a bit like weaving time, and we feel that we have “wasted our time” even though we have learned so much about knitting and ourselves in the process of doing so…)
If the knitting goddesses had been whining and complaining and self-loathing like me, they wouldn’t have been able to be where they are today.
Well, I’m sure they too had their moments, but they had a vision and they just kept going “with confidence and hope, through all crises”.
Contentment is the secret of happiness. No need to look anywhere else. We’ve got it all inside us already. We just can’t see it.
So that’s another big life lesson to learn from knitting:
“you have to just knit, knit, knit
if you want to be good at it.” – ahem, Me.
I’m sure that quote could go viral like any other quote, if I paste it on a Johnny Depp photo and share it on Facebook…
Wait! something like that:
The photo above is from the book: “Knitted Pirates, Princesses, Witches, Wizards and Fairies with outfits and accessories” by Annette Hefford.
(And the quote is from me, I don’t think Johnny Depp or Captain Jack Sparrow ever said that, not in public, anyway!)
And as usual, I need to remind myself the universal mantra of knitting (and of everything else):
The journey is more important than the destination!