UndyedYarnpire’s Fiber Opera

November 28, 2008

When uplifting a project stops needing a forklift.

Filed under: discussion, knit — UndyedYarnpire @ 11:06 am

Yesterday, I sat down to work on the matching mitten and it stopped being something I was unhappy to be working on. No idea what changed, but it was fun. I got past the dreaded ribbing without spending every stitch resenting the fact that it was ribbing. I still have a lot left to do on it, of course, but suddenly it feels like something I get to work on. 

It is all in the attitude. 

This is a conversation I drafted but did not send: [It is about me not having problems with Navajo plying but being convinced I cannot crochet.]

One of the things I’ve noticed about crafty skills is they are all much easier if no one tells you it’s hard first. Have you seen how many knitters tell new knitters that purling is hard? Then that’s a whole new generation of people who struggle with purling. Spinners tell new spinners that plying is hard and lo! it is. I didn’t hear that until much later and plying is my favorite part— that’s when it becomes yarn to me.

I tend to tell people including myself, “This can’t be hard. Children can do it.” and “Don’t overthink it; this is supposed to be fun.”  It’s amazing how effective that is. (And it amazes everyone who knows me because positive thinking is not my strong suit.)

It really helps me when I need to do a crochet edging if I don’t call it that. Thus how the Navajo plying succeeded, I watched an itty-bitty video clip, realized they were just pulling it into loops and away I went. Later I read that was a crochet chain and realized if I’d known that, I would have told myself it was going to be hard and been very tense and critical while I was learning.

On the other hand, Andean plying didn’t turn out so well when I tried it, but I’m blaming that on loosely-spun part-mohair singles being unexpectedly grabby. I practiced with a pile of commercial acrylic yarn first and that worked just fine.

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