There are a few things I wish I had known (or understood properly) when I started knitting. I’ve learned my own lessons along the way, and these are the principles I stick to now. Of course, yours might be different – that doesn’t make these wrong, just right for me!
- Knit what you want to knit and stash the amount of yarn you want to stash.
- Knit in public if you want to. Few people will stare, and anyone who does will probably smile if you catch them doing it, maybe even ask you about your knitting in an “I-wish-I-could-do-that” way.
- Don’t be pressured to take on a project you won’t get enjoyment from, either the process or the joy of giving away the end result. Life’s too short to spend time on something that doesn’t make you smile.
- Only knit for people who are knitworthy (feel free to adjust criteria to fit). If they aren’t willing to learn what knitworthy means, then they aren’t.
- Use the best yarn you can afford – you’re worth it and you want to enjoy your hobby time, not regret it!
- It is possible to walk out of a yarn shop without buying – and you will probably feel better for it.
- Gauge is important on everything except for blankets and shawls.
- There will always be another sale.
- You can’t underestimate the value of a good knitting handbag. I’ve only found two, they’re both made by Tom Bihn and one is now out of production (which is very sad).
- Collecting needles is pretty satisfying.
- Ravelry rules all.
- Boy, The Yarn Harlot can write.
- MKALs are fun to follow online, but I couldn’t ever join one.
- Starting a knitting group is easy, keeping it going is hard.
- Teaching kids to knit is REALLY satisfying, especially when they see you 6 months later and tell you about knitting they did at home. Or when they hug you to say thanks (*smiles at the memories*).
- People love home knitted (and indeed home-crocheted) blankets. Cats are people, too.
I feel that at some point in the future, there may be a sequel to this post, as I seem to learn something new every day!