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Are You a Brave Knitter?

I’ve been thinking on this because of some interactions w/ friends.

I think I’m a brave (or foolhardy!) knitter, in that I push myself to try new techniques/projects, very likely beyond my capabilities, but I’m willing to learn and try. (Please note in other areas of my life, like doing difficult surgeries (I’m a vet), I’m not brave — I tend to think of it in those circumstances as knowing my limitations.)

One friend (who, I’ll admit, hasn’t been knitting all that long) is afraid to tackle anything that’s not a rectangular object with only one color. She is not a brave knitter. (I do admire her drive and ambition in other parts of her life.)

Another friend, who I taught both knit and purl to in about 15 minutes, is already planning to do a variety of things. She is a brave knitter. (She’s a brave woman all around, anyways.)

A woman I’ve met at a knitting group, who’s been knitting for 20+ years, is finally trying a project with cables. It’s coming along gorgeously. She is, after 20 years, becoming a brave knitter.

On a related topic, I finally received my level one Master Knitter’s packet. Again, am I ready to tackle this? I’m sure I will be by the end of it!

5 comments… add one
  • Etherknitter May 8, 2005, 4:33 am

    I would qualify as a brave knitter. I’m bored by retracing the same knitting path. I can’t understand why the rectangular knitters never want to explore more territory. I understand the process issue, but I think part of the process is stretching and growing.

  • Teresa C May 9, 2005, 7:28 am

    I am definitely a brave knitter and have been since I learned at age eight. Thing is (I was going to say this before I got to the part where you talk about surgery) it isn’t brains surgery. No one is going to die if you mess it up the first, second, fifteenth time. Ripping out is part of the process, which some are afraid of doing. Having taught knitting, there are some who get that and some who don’t. I try to get that across with some humor. IT IS JUST KNITTING! Go for it.

  • Juno May 10, 2005, 11:18 am

    I lean toward brave. I mean, there are certainly days where one might just want to retreat into the familiar, but there are also great pleasures in understanding new information and developing skills. I have trouble relating to the few knitters I’ve met who seem utterly content to do the same thing over and over. I mean, I am happy for them if that makes them happy, but I don’t get it.

  • CjSachiko May 14, 2005, 9:05 am

    You’ve been tagged! I also consider myself a brave knitter.

  • SCarrGo May 27, 2005, 1:55 pm

    Brave-ish. I’m not afraid to try it, rip it out if (or when) I screw it up and continue to repeat the process pretty much until I render the yarn un-usable. teresa c is right–nobody gets hurt in this process…I re-did the lace swatch for the VK Life Aquatic Hooded Sweatshirt almost 10 times before I got it to work. Try, try again!

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