Never Stop Learning
If you’re passionate about something, I hope for you it’s complex and multi-faceted. So you’ll never stop learning.
With Knitting – I Never Stop Learning
Many of you know that I’ve been knitting for over 35 years. While I was self-taught, my early years of knitting gave me access to some very good local yarn stores. I’ve even worked in two of those yarn stores.
I was fortunate enough to be early into the internet-knitting world. Both forums like the KnitList and early teaching tools that generous knitters put on-line. I’ve been very connected to other knitters over the years through this blog and other ways.
And yet, with all this experience and exposure to expertise, I still continue to add skills, techniques, resources…I still continue to learn.
There are many examples recently, but here are two.
- Recently, I “met” someone who was doing interesting Fair Isle swatches that he was presenting as artwork. I loved the idea, so I’ve decided to use this idea for my Craft Show sales. What I didn’t realize is just how difficult designing stranded colorwork can be. A simple request on social media to the vast hive-mind, and I got a number of recommendations. That’s where the belated birthday gift came in. I will teach myself some color design theory!
- A much simpler opportunity for learning came with my current knitting project. The project calls for hundreds of M1R and M1L. Normally, I convert M1’s into invisible increases (knitting into the stitch below the next stitch). But since I’m test-knitting this garment, I wanted to follow the instructions. Which meant I had to learn how to do a M1L (I already knew how to do a M1R). A quick YouTube search and I am now a M1L expert!
Exposing myself to knitters of all levels and being receptive to learning new things is the secret to seemingly infinite learning. I highly recommend it!
Getting closer and closer to the bind-off on the Knowledge Is Key Shawl by Michael Green.
Last blog entry, I was here:
Now I’m here:
I love how it feels like I’m completing multiple projects each time I finish a new section of this shawl. Makes for a fun knit.