When I’m teaching quilting, I often tell those struggling to try something new or lacking confidence: This isn’t brain surgery! If you make the most horrible mess ever, you’ve wasted fabric — maybe all of it, maybe a little of it. But, no one has died. No one is scarred for life. You learn from your mistake and move on. With knitting, it’s the same way. If you say you can’t knit, short of a physical limitation, you’re simply saying that you don’t want to knit or you haven’t put forth enough effort. Anyone can knit! I sat and watched a left handed friend knit til I figured out enough and went home and tried it. I would go to her for help and to figure out what I had done wrong but I wanted to knit badly enough that I did it.
I’ve shared this story before but I wanted to learn to knit socks and I talked about it for years and kept saying “I want to knit socks” but I never did it. Finally, a blog friend, Susan, sent me a package with instructions, yarn and needles and basically said “stop whining and learn to knit socks!”
It had been so long since I had knitted that I had to get help just to remember how to cast on!
For those who are trying to do the socks and struggling, you can relate. I’ll bet I ripped out a dozen times before I ever got the cuff done. Then I was fine til I got to the heel. Because I didn’t know how to rip just a little and pick up my stitches, every mistake meant ripping back to the very beginning, starting over — casting on and doing the ribbing again. I would get so frustrated. More than once Vince said “Why don’t you just give up?”
Once I got those socks done, I had to hurry up and start a second pair so I didn’t forget how to do them!
If you want to knit, you can do it but YOU have to do it . . just get yourself some yarn — cheap yarn is fine, and get started and don’t give up til you have a sock! Some may think they want to knit, start it and realize they don’t like knitting. That’s ok .. you never know til you try but, if you think you want to do it, then please try it.