I have had an idea for a blog floating around in my head. I thought I would write about how I am intimidated by other people’s knitting skills. But that just seemed wrong.
For the past week my needles have been a little quieter than usual. When I do pick them up it is more out of necessity than joy. Partly this is because ofthe myriad of non-knitting chores that need to be done. But that’s not the only reason.
Since knitting is my hobby-turned-business, I read lots of knitting blogs and follow knitters on social media. I see so many beautiful projects in lace and color work. People creating intricate designs and innovative patterns. And the speed! A pair of socks in a day. Sweaters started on Monday and ready to wear by the weekend. Not to mention those sheep-to-shawl folks who raise their own sheep, spin and dye the yarn, then knit something amazing from it. Wow.
I’m not sure I could ever be that skilled. Sometimes I feel like I’m in second grade and everyone else has a PhD.
I know I shouldn’t feel like that. I know that the best way to get better at anything is practice, practice, practice. And moreover being the “best” knitter is not the point. What is important is that I am happy with what I create. And if I’m making something for my Etsy store, it’s something that people will want to buy.
So I’ll give myself a pep talk. I will face the intimidation and turn it into inspiration. I will continue to knit, create and design. There will be some trial and error, but I will learn from the errors. I know I’ve got a long way to go, but I’ve also come a long way already. And anyway, it’s really all about the journey.