Cmd + N: What Knitting Has Really Taught Me

by tatiana on September 19, 2012

What I've Learned From Knitting

Above: My latest work in progress

Last Saturday, I had a nice chat over tea and brunch with a good friend that really got me thinking about the discipline of knitting and its relation to lots of other areas of my life.

Let’s start with the basics: when you’re first learning to knit, the first thing your instructor will tell you is that when starting any project, you have to go in knowing that you might have to take it apart at some point and start again. It is this fact (it’s not even advice, it’s just something you need to accept – no room for questions or complaints!) that I think has helped me become not only a more patient person, but a better designer, and ultimately more prepared to take on whatever life has to throw at me.

For the last 6 years I’ve been working towards becoming more confident with developing websites on the back-end. It’s been a lot of fun, but it is still a challenge every time! I’m not sure if it’s this way for everyone, but I think the challenge is part of what makes me hungry for more projects. I crave that mad scientist moment when the perfect piece of code can make a website function exactly the way you’d envisioned. I’ve never given birth, but I imagine the feelings of ecstasy are comparable. ( Or maybe not, whatever!)

With any discipline, there are always times when you need to start over, or spend hours weeding through forums to figure out why that pesky border of flowers in your footer is floating left when it’s supposed to be centered (<– real life example), but ultimately, when you figure it out, it becomes one more thing you know how to do. And that feels pretty good.

Anyway, what’s the point of this entry? Maybe it’s to say that yarn crafts are a lot more important than they seem in the grand scheme of things. Maybe it’s to show that everything is a lot more interrelated than we thought. And maybe it’s just because I had too much espresso today and I feel like blogging what’s on my mind. Who cares. What matters is that you keep doing what you love, and acknowledge that there will be times when things get bumpy. You will have to start over sometimes, but it’ll only lead to you being able to do even cooler things in the future.

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Claire H October 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

Hi Tatiana, loving your blog! Just added you to my blogroll :)

-Claire

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tatiana December 25, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Thanks, Claire! :)

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