Happy New Year! I love the fresh-start feeling to a new year. Don’t you? I’m not really one to make “resolutions” but I do enjoy the chance to take stock of the past year and think about what new things, new attitudes, or positive changes I’ll shoot for in the new one.
In the words of my pretend friend Amy Poehler, “Great people do things before they’re ready.” I believe her. She’s very successful AND she knits –so she must be trustworthy, too. That’s how I want to start 2015 — being brave and doing stuff I know I must do even if I don’t feel totally ready.
Now, let’s talk about the January Knit-A-Long we’re following with Michelle Hunter. If you’ve decided to participate, you can find your first set of clues right here! It’s not too late to join if you’re feeling like this is just what you need to kick start your 2015 knitting. Stop into the Home Made shop this weekend or call to place a mail order for supplies. We’re hosting two free “knit-ins” for participants who purchase their supplies here on Saturdays, January 10 + 24 from 10AM – 12PM. You can find more info and links to the KAL here.
If you’re new to Knit-A-Longs or are unsure about whether you’re totally ready for what you signed up for, this pep talk is for you. Remember my good friend Amy’s words? ;)
You got this. Obviously, you were/are excited about this KAL so you got your stuff, did a gauge swatch, and have waited with anticipation for the first set of clues to be revealed. Then, maybe you clicked over to the Knit Purl Hunter blog for your first set of clues and maybe got a bit overwhelmed because there’s a lot of information and videos. And, maybe it’s all stuff you’ve never done before or heard of. Remember — you’re not supposed to know how to do all this stuff because that’s what the KAL is supposed to be teaching you!
I recommend taking some time to read through all the instructions (multiple times, if needed) and watch all the videos before beginning. There’s a printable version of Part 1 of the pattern so go ahead and print that out. I like to approach projects like this as if I’m a “student.” I relish the opportunity to channel my inner neediness and bust out the highlighters. You can see how I’ve strategically highlighted the pattern to make the chart easier to follow — though, you can opt to follow the written instructions instead. There’s no right or wrong way to highlight or annotate. Just do what makes sense to you!
Once you’ve studied up, go and get those needles and yarn out. Try out some new techniques. Play. Watch those videos over and over until you get it. Even though we’re embracing our inner student, there are no final grades here. Just you as the judge. So, don’t be so hard on yourself and remember — if you don’t love how it’s going, you can always unravel and start again like it’s a fresh new year.
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