I have a question. I've been kind of mulling it over in my brain ever since you posted about fearless knitting and I've decided that it might be best to go to the source.
So, what exactly are people afraid of? I can't imagine that people are actually afraid of knitting, it's just string and sticks. I can, however, think of several things they might be afraid of such as looking or feeling stupid, wasting time, wasting money (by ruining the yarn or not finishing a project) or not enjoying the new technique.
I'd be curious to see what it is that people are actually afraid of.
Sooo…Are You Fearless or Fearful?
I have a friend (let's call her Peggy) who is learning to knit, and she keeps saying, "Sandi, I can't do this. I am never going to be good enough at this to knit like you do." As she's saying this, Peggy is knitting away on a very lovely bit of scarf. It's garter stitch, and soft, chunky yarn, and I bet she'll wear it every day next winter. And yet, Peggy’s fears about her knitting are getting in the way of her enjoyment of her knitting.
Back to Sharon's original question: What are we afraid of, indeed? What is the difference between a Fearless Knitter and a Fearful Knitter?
The main fear I hear knitters expressing is the fear called "I Can't": I can't be good enough. I can't knit something complex without messing up. I can't make a sweater fit me properly. To these folks, mistakes are somehow glaring evidence of a fatal flaw in their knitting abilities.
Fearless KnitterFolk, on the other hand, have enough confidence to look upon a knitting challenge—be it a new technique, a complicated lace chart, or a big honking mistake—not as a failure, but as a chance to learn something about their knitting, and about themselves as a knitter.
Confident knitters aren't necessarily experts who know every knitting trick under the sun. They do, however, have the ability and skills to move past obstacles in their knitting—especially when that obstacle is themselves.
That said, here's what I'd really like to know:
What are your knitting fears?
What would it take for you to become a truly fearless knitter?
How can Knitting Daily help you to build the skills and the confidence to become a Fearless Knitter?
See, here's the thing: I'm sitting in a building with a vast collection of books about knitting, magazines about knitting, and people who know stuff about knitting that would frighten fish. So: Tell me what you need to become a Fearless Knitter–tutorials? videos? classes? funny stories to make you laugh and realize you're not alone? photo galleries?–and I'll just see what I can do about getting you some Fearless Knitter tools, Knitting Daily-style.
Join me later in the week as I face my fear of failure in the form of a really big (and utterly stupid) mistake in the Gathered Pullover.
Choose next week's free pattern!
All right, folks. I can't make up my mind which pattern to release from our archives as next week's free pattern on Knitting Daily…there are so many to choose from! So I've got it narrowed down to three…and guess what? It's your call from there. Vote for your favorite! The pattern with the most reader votes will be posted next Monday as a free download here on Knitting Daily.
Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.
What's on Sandi's needles? Three projects, all of which have been "learning experiences" for me: the Gathered Pullover, which is now recovering after a visit from Cap'n Frog; a rather untidily grafted hood on my husband's pullover that might need some Knitting Daily magic; and the Secret Knitting Daily project, which also spent some quality time with Cap'n Frog. (Cap'n Frog is a very important member of my family by now.)