Fixing Mistakes: The One Thing every knitter should do
Today we're talking fixing mistakes! And rock climbing...
Here's something you may not know about me...
I really enjoy rock climbing. I'm not a very athletic person, and I've never found an exercise I enjoy besides swimming, (unless knitting counts as cardio?) until I found rock climbing.
Something else you may not know about me...
I'm not a fan of heights. I'm not afraid of them, I enjoy roller coasters, and I found being at the top of the Eiffel Tower pretty invigorating... But that's because they feel safe.
What I don't enjoy is feeling like I could plummet to my death at any minute, like when you're stood at the edge of a sheer cliff face. So you'd think, rock climbing would trigger some of those fears... and it first, it really did. It especially triggered those fears when the tutor told me to throw caution to the wind, and let go of the wall when I was at the very top.
"I CAN'T!!!" I yelled, whilst I clung to the wall, looking like a squished spider.
"Yes you can, you have a belayer who will catch you, and you will always be scared until you know that it's safe to fall! So let go!" The tutor yelled back.
I'm embarrassed to admit that this dialogue went on for far longer than it should have done, however, my belayer was my older brother who I swear spent most of our childhood trying to kill me, so I probably trusted him less than I should have.
In the end, though, I dropped myself from the wall. It was terrifying, but I did it. And d'ya know what? I didn't die. My brother caught me, exactly as he was supposed to. And from then on, climbing was much less scary.
So... What on earth has this got to do with knitting?
Well, nothing... At first glance. But really, it's in the moral of the story. Until you know that the world isn't over because you make a mistake (or let go of the wall), you will always be scared to make progress (or climb higher).
The number one thing every knitter should do when improving their confidence is to learn how to fix their mistakes.
Once you have the confidence to fix any mistake you might make, or solve any problem you might encounter, you are unstoppable. You won't lust over complex knitting patterns that are out of your reach anymore because you will have the confidence to just start knitting them, and attack any hurdles as you get to them.
With this in mind, I want to draw your attention to one of my favourite knitting tricks: using a lifeline. A lifeline is the knitting equivalent of a belayer. It holds your stitches in place, so if something untoward happens, you haven't lost your progress. You just pull it back to the point where everything was going right.
I've written two pretty awesome posts (if I do say so myself) about lifelines in the past. There are two different types of lifelines that I like to use. There's a standard lifeline, which you pop into your work pre-emptively, as insurance, if you will, and then there's an afterthought lifeline, which you put in after you ballsed up...
Now, fixing mistakes is really only one facet of achieving Knitting Confidence. There are a few other things you should know how to do in order to reach that goal. That's why I've created a handy Knitting Roadmap to achieve absolute knitting confidence! To download your FREE roadmap, click the "Sign Up Now" button below!