Mozart wrote his first symphony at the age of four. Many knitters learn around the age of ten and start with the garter stitch. We don’t add a string section (yarn overs) until we are much older.
Learning to purl, learning to fix mistakes. Not being afraid to rip.
I remember the first time I ripped out a whole section of work. I laid the knitting out on the wood floor in natural light picking up one stitch at a time. I am sure I held my breath as I carefully slid each stitch back onto the needle.
I was in my thirties.
Before that I always dabbled at knitting. I would get frustrated at the dropped or added stitches in my work. It was once I learned to look at my work and see my mistakes that the love of knitting came into my life.
I cannot remember the progression my knitting took. The bin in my closet that is full of too big sweaters and wildly bright ponchos is part of my learning.
I am still learning.
Knits. Purls. Yarn Overs. That’s all knitting is. The combinations are endless. Cables, lace, cables & lace, intarsia, fair isle, and fiendishly difficult stitches.
These three simple moves with sticks and string create Extraordinary Stitches.
I would like to encourage you to make the next move in your knitting. Drop a stitch and see it unravel. Cable or work lace for the first time. Choose a pattern beyond your skill level and make it your own.
Take the Art of Making Extraordinary Stitches and make your symphony in yarn.