Owning a yarn store has transformed my husband and his attitude towards knitting. I believe he is even beginning to accept the piles of WIPs astride my piles of books that have long been dubbed my “pile of shame.” Apparently I’m concerned that at the world’s end, there will be neither enough books to read nor enough yarn to knit. So fear not! Whilst huddled in the basement with meteors and zombies in our front yard, we will be both warm and well read.
Many people ask, “What is it with all the knitting?” My husband explains, as though surveying his notes like a researcher, “it appears that once they get past the hard part, they just can’t stop.” He must really be paying attention, because what he observes is absolutely true. So many people come into the shop to buy another two skeins of gorgeously variegated wool for their 43rd garter stitch scarf only to look longingly at the ladies on the couch, the Rowan books or the newest magazines at the register and proclaim themselves “beginners” and unable to entertain an item that involves measuring.
There is a hump… a line in a knitter’s life. Life before the hump includes dropping a stitch and going to the store to have the yarn ladies pick it up for you. OR shamefully pulling out all the rows you’ve knit in order to avoid the SHAME involved in admitting that you’ve dropped said stitch!!!! I dropped a stitch this morning when a particularly enthusiastic dog hurled himself into my arms whist holding my current project. I live post hump, thank goodness, but I want to coax a few of you over the hump. I know how to correct mistakes. I learned by making more mistakes than the average person, getting completely lost and being forced to fix them.
I encourage mistake making: in life, in school, in music, in love (ok, not so much there….) and in knitting. I think we’re too afraid to screw up. What’s going to happen, folks? I encourage you to embrace your mistakes. When teaching new knitters, I like to point out that those extra yarn overs that made exactly twice as many stitches as you originally cast on is actually an advanced technique! It brings up a dialog in a lesson that helps aspiring knitters begin to be able to read their yarn. Reading your yarn is the most giant step towards getting past the hump. Go ahead and take the offending stitch off the needle. OR… if there is a mistake that is 25 rows back and it took you this long to notice it, perhaps you should embrace it as part of the fabric of your knitting journey.
In the spirit of full disclosure, taking away the shame of returning to your LYS with sunglasses, head bowed low and knitting stowed in a Giant Eagle bag, I will be displaying my first knitting project in the store.
Let’s just say that I advanced to short rows in this project. It’s still a scarf, and my daughter wore it because her mom knit it for her.
So love your knitting journey, go forth without fear and embrace your mistakes… hump day will arrive much sooner that way.