When faced with something new how do you approach it? Do you jump right in with both feet or do you ponder the situation, considering all your options and analyzing every possible scenario before you begin?
Well, if you’re a jumper I envy you, I’m not. I’m a thinker, an analyzer, a planner. Sometimes I overdo it a bit. Consider if you will (ha!) how you decide on your next knitting project. If you’re a jumper you probably come across a pattern, acquire the yarn and start knitting. Me, its a thoughtful process. I look thru books, magazines and blogs, find patterns I like then, after I have amassed a group of contenders, I begin my analysis: is this a challenge? Will I learn something new? Will I or someone I know actually wear/use this?
You see I’m a planner and this is how my brain works. In certain aspects of my life this has proven quite beneficial and has made me successful but in other parts, it’s a drag.
Up until now my knitting has consisted mostly of hats, scarves, cowls shawls and the like. I have been wanting to knit a garment for a while but I’ve analyzed myself into a corner: I’m not ready; the pattern is to difficult; it’s cute but I’d never wear it, and so on. Then when I started to think that perhaps I was ready I did my usual thing, I thought about it and thought about it, and studied it and evaluated my options and considered what would be a logical starting place, and… really, sometimes I think too much. Now the one thing I’m not is a procrastinator, when something needs to get done I do it, it’s just that I have a habit of scrutinizing every little thing I do. I really need to stop doing that so much.
On top of this I had been toying with the idea of creating a blog so I could share my creative pursuits. In typical fashion I joined Twitter first, a testing ground if you will. Hooked. As I began putting this blog together (just imagine what that thought process was like, yikes!) I decided my next knitting project would take me out of my comfort zone and I’d blog about it. But this time I wasn’t going to scour all my resources and scrutinize every possibility, instead I’d let it find me…it did.
When I picked up the Winter/Spring issue of Knitscene I saw several items that intrigued me but I kept going back to one: the Chiton Pullover by Melissa Wehrle aka neoknits. As soon as I saw it I knew this would be a good first garment for me, so I read throught the pattern, ordered the yarn and waited.
It’s a beautiful thing you know. A wondrous pile of baby alpaca/cotton blend yarn in a subtly heathered, rich peachy/orange hue. It’s oh so soft and when I first touched it I wished I had bought more so I could cuddle up with it. Come on, if you’re a knitter you know what I mean and you feel the same way.
Anyway, now I just have to wind these skeins into balls, do my swatch and get knitting!