Hard for me to believe, but my daughter Katie is a senior in college already. Just yesterday she was in third grade, and now she's going to job fairs and sending out resumes. Like me, she is a liberal arts major, so her career path is not at all well defined. There are so many things she could do, but how do you what you want to do anyway? Where do you even begin to look for a job? The difference between knowing and floundering is often an internship. These summer positions - paid and unpaid - give college students an opportunity to see firsthand what day to day life is like in a particular industry. It gives them a look at what kind of things people at all levels there do, and what their career ladder might look like. Whether it parlays into an ultimate job offer, or simply helps the student decide they love (or hate) that industry, or job. It's the perfect way to dip your toe in before diving headlong into what could be either a wonderful experience, or a terrible mistake.
In much the same way, classes and small projects help you explore new knitting techniques before you commit to the whole enchilada. For instance, you might fall in love with a sweater like this,
but have no experience in knitting a sweater at all, let alone the stranded knitting technique needed to do it. Rather than jumping right in and committing to many skeins and hours, take our Stranded Knitting Mitten class and learn the technique. See if you like the technique, and learn to do it well so that your big project will be a success.
It's the same with everything in the knitting world. If you've never knit a cable, try a cabled hat or scarf before tackling an entire Aran masterpiece first thing. It'll build your skills and your confidence. Because that's what I'm after anyway. I want you to be a strong, competent, and confident knitter. I want you to know you can tackle any project you see anywhere, and the best way to get there is by building on success, one skill or project or experience at a time. The Crazy for Ewe team is here for you, and we're all proud to be part of your journey to success.
I look forward to seeing you in the shop and around the table. You are always welcome here.