Mindful Mondays: That Which Does Not Kill Us Makes Us Stronger

As I was searching for some inspiration to share with you on this Monday morning, I came across this quote that gives me comfort for when tough moments strike:

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

–Friedrich Nietzsche

This quote reminds me that during the toughest times, I will learn the most and if I make it out from under the ashes, I’ll gain just a little more wisdom because it’s during these times we are learning the most about ourselves. Our struggles are our biggest teachers.

It’s so hard to get that when you’re in the midst of dealing with a challenge. This we can of course relate to in any area of our life, but in regards to our knitting endeavors, we can also experience this throughout our learning journey.

Speaking of challenges, I’m currently dealing with one myself which has left me frazzled   and frustrated for the past week.

I thought it would be fun to design a new accessory pattern for an upcoming issue of Creative Knitting, and I decided to integrate the Feather & Fan stitch pattern into my design. It’s an easy stitch pattern and it’s very popular, so why not?

I thought it would be easy to just “whip up” the idea I have in mind, but the way I want to construct the design is throwing me for a loop. I just can’t seem to wrap my brain around how to make it work.

Trying so hard to make this stitch pattern work! If it doesn’t flow, let it go!

I’ve already spent a few nights squirming and anxiously trying to figure this out and right now, I decided the best thing is to move on to something else and come back to this with fresh eyes with this wonderful little quote in mind:

“Life is like a Polaroid picture; eventually everything comes to light.”

-Bob Goff

There’s always tomorrow!

2 Responses to Mindful Mondays: That Which Does Not Kill Us Makes Us Stronger

  1. Karin Gorke says:

    Hi,
    I love your site and will look out for the magazine at the newsagency. My comment after just watching your free video is this–It was hard to read the pattern as well the handwritten note. maybe You could film or show items in front of a darker background and or in reverse. The same in regards to the wool. Light wool and a light background is not the best idea.

    I am sorry if I have offended anyone, but what your doing is really great and I hope you will be doing more of it.
    Thx karin

    • Kara says:

      Hi Karin,
      I love getting feedback. No worries!

      Can you share with me what video you saw? When it comes to video/photography I try to be mindful of the light/dark background concern and I can’t recall which video I did both light yarn and light background. Are you referring to the Autumn 2014 issue? This is the only video I can think of that I did this to a degree and I thought there was enough contrast, but thanks for pointing this out and I’ll take note of this in the future.

      Take care and I’m glad you’re enjoying the videos!

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