Mindful Mondays — Doing Work Worth Doing

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

Creative Knitting magazine, Spring 2014

Creative Knitting magazine, Spring 2014

In my editor’s letter of the Spring 2014 issue of Creative Knitting magazine, I talk about work worth doing and taking a look at fear in the face. If you’re fairly new to knitting, and don’t feel confident in your abilities, then I suggest facing this fear and starting your week with something new!

Maybe you made your first scarf, and now you want to move into new territory like making a colorful cowl. Seeds & Stripes, as shown in the photo above is designed with the confident beginner in mind, because it eases you into colorwork with simple stripes. You’ll also get to try your hand at Seed Stitch, which is one of the easiest and most versatile pattern stitches you’ll learn.

You can only learn from doing, so forget about begin perfect…at least for today. The desire for things to always be perfect can be limiting, and in fact it could hold us back from our greatest accomplishments.

The greater the risk, the greater the reward.

If you come to a standstill because you find a pattern confusing, take a deep breath, and try these tips:

  1. Calmly tell yourself that this is just a tiny setback and that you will find a solution.
  2. Reach out to a fellow knitter or your nearby yarn shop.
  3. Remember that you have a life line here on this blog.
  4. Ask a question on the Creative Knitting Raverly Fans Page.
  5. If you get frustrated, take a walk, or go to the gym. Sometimes a short break does wonders for clearing your mind and giving you a new perspective.

Remember a handy little thing called patience.

Think of those past moments when you were faced with confusion and you found a solution. Hold that in your mind, and move forward with confidence. The answers will come, but maybe not at the moment you want them to. When they do, you’ll feel so empowered and you will gain a bit more knitting wisdom in the process!

On the subject of trying something new, don’t miss a special Knitalong called: Learn a Stitch, Share the Love, starting on February 14th, through March 7th. Learn new stitches, ask questions, and meet other like-minded knitters. I hope you’ll join me!

2 Responses to Mindful Mondays — Doing Work Worth Doing

  1. Nabla says:

    Looking at your swish with a twist pattern,I noticed that the finished square has a knit stitch running up both sides of the pattern but on the example (yellow color) there is no plain knit stitch next to the 3 garter stitches on both ends, please explain.
    Thank you.

    • Kara says:

      Hi Nabla,
      The yellow example is only to show you how the cable. If you refer to my pattern and the red square, this is the correct way to work the pattern. Good luck!

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