January 30, 2017 4 min read 4 Comments
Getting into the car last month with my daughter, Elizabeth, and feeling my jeans pinch a bit around my middle, I said, "I need to find some way to lose weight."
"Eating less isn't working for you?" she asked in all seriousness.
You can see why I call her Captain Obvious. But she's right, of course. I'm looking for some magic soup to make all those holiday pounds melt away, but there isn't one. There is no silver bullet that will help us lose weight, keep our house perfectly tidy, or solve all our problems with just one shot. Life isn't like that. There is no quick fix to anything. There is only steady effort, -- chipping away at a thing, taking one step at a time in the right direction. Doing it is hard. Doing is over and over again can feel nearly impossible.
So why do I like knitting? I guess maybe because it's a tangible example of what you can accomplish a bit at at time. Knitting is a perfect expression of how we have to face life and its challenges - not in sweeping swaths, but one stitch at a time. Slow and steady, moving in the right direction. There are, however, ways to make the process more fun and actually get more accomplished. So while you're not going to knit that scarf in a day or that sweater in a week, here are some tips that will make things move along a little more smoothly.
We have lots of ways to help you with all 5 steps. You're always welcome to come by the shop and knit your 30 minutes around the table. There's always be someone here who's happy to see you and will make you feel welcome. Around the table is an excellent place to try knitting without looking because if you make a mistake, we can fix it. As far as classes that stretch your skills, we have tons of those on the books. Take at the newsletter to see them all. Look specifically for our class on "Reading your Knitting and Fixing your Mistakes." Ginni and I have team taught this for many years, and even seasoned knitters have learned a lot. And, of course, if you need a more challenging project for your quiet time or a tiny carry-along project, we'll set you up with something that's perfect for you.
I look forward to seeing you in the shop and around the table. You are always welcome here.