Knitting through your fears
This weekend, I made a quick trip home to visit family in Northern Lower Michigan and connected with Linda to check in on her progress. Ready to be blown away?
Look at this! Linda only started knitting this year, completing just two hats in chunky yarn on US size 13 and 15 needles. I'm blown away and so stinking proud of her.
When I looked over the knitting, I couldn't find a mistake. Linda confessed that when she cast on, she still wasn't sure she could do this project. That confession was a surprise to me since when I left her in August, she was expressing total confidence. Frankly, Linda is showing us another lesson - that 'fake it til we make it' lesson. If we wait until we have confidence, we will never achieve what we want. In fact, the way we gain confidence is by doing the thing.
Knitting in cashmere yarn
Back to Linda's knitting. After her first swatch, we determined she should try a different needle size and do another swatch. Her first swatch was a bit loose. Looking back, that could simply have been her inexperience because this trip, Linda showed me that she had knit a few swatches - both in the wrap's lace pattern and in stockinette. Her washed swatches showed beautiful even, tighter stitches. Linda said she felt that swatching was the practice she needed to have success on the wrap itself and to achieve a fabric she loves. Hopefully, this process has made Linda a life-long believer in swatching!
Enjoying the knitting process