Quilting is a bit different story, at least in my opinion, so this post is mostly about knitting but can apply to quilting as well. The reason I say mostly about knitting is that when you buy fabric, cut into it and decide you don’t like the pattern, you’ve kinda ruined the fabric. With knitting, you rip back and can re-purpose the yarn.
This is part of a comment from a reader:
I REALLY wanted to try the Leftovers Cowl, but so many doubts! Could I knit from the chart? Is this too complicated for me? Will I ever finish something this intense (at least in my opinion)? Talked myself into buying the pattern- just to give it a try. AND I LOVE IT!
There are times when I buy something or take on a project and decide I don’t like it but I’m never sorry I tried. Please, if there’s something you want to do, try it. One thing I never want to do is look back on life and realize that so much passed me by because I was too afraid to try it.
Every year there’s some weird seed that I want to plant. Vince, every single year, asks “How do you know it will grow here?” It’s a packet of seeds! If it doesn’t grow, at least I tried. If it does grow, it’s a new and fun experience.
I will admit that I’m probably a little on the extreme when it comes to trying new projects, crafts, seeds. Vince would say I have way too many crazy ideas. There are probably people who are perfectly happy sitting and watching TV and never feeling like they’re missing a thing. That’s ok . . it isn’t my place to complain or think less of those folks. But, for those of you who want to try something new, please do it. Do it today. We aren’t promised tomorrow. OK . . if you don’t already have the stuff to do it, you might want to wait. We just got back from Walmart and you can bet that trip was NOT my idea. Do not do it . . trust me!
I so love hearing from readers who were apprehensive about something . . whether it’s knitting or canning, or making a pie crust, and tried it and are so happy they tried it. Thank you for writing me when that happens and thank you for trusting me enough to try some of the crazy things I recommend.