Knitting is a pass time that enhances our lives in so many ways ~ from the comfort of that first blanket on and for cozy nights, to the baby hat that welcomes a newborn into the world, knitting is a skill that beautifies the home and wraps us in the warmth and breathability of natural fibers.
Today, my thoughts turn to beginner knitters. We all approach new things in different ways, but it is common for beginners to come to their first class with a degree of fear and trepidation. This is supposed to be fun! I always say, “It’s O.K. It’s not going to blow up! Breathe. There’s a learning curve, like anything else, and it’s perfectly fine to give yourself permission to make mistakes.”
Mistakes create opportunities to learn additional skills: focus more on “seeing” stitches (& mistakes) as we go, developing the patience to rip back, learning to knit backwards (OMG!), or fixing a stitch many rows down. Whatever happens as you knit your beginner pieces, a year from now you will be amazed at what you can do, thrilled to be wearing and showing off your projects, and receiving compliments that you never expected.
MYFS Yarn Shop Manager