One week, seven days, 168 hours, 10,080 minutes, 604,800 seconds and what do I have to show for it? A mentally stressed, physically tired, with no relaxation college student. Typical, right? As the week flashed by, I find myself asking: Where exactly has time been flying? The days have been running into each other and time seems to be slipping through my grasps. The worst part of it all is that I haven't been able to enjoy doing what I WANT to do, knit. So, here is where the fight against time begins.
I have decided to be more proactive about MAKING time for knitting and finally finish my housekeeping so that I can begin a project. In my progress, I have only reached as far as the knit stitch. And boy, have I been working hard on getting it right. But from the advice of my fellow knitters in the knitting community, as a beginner, I should focus more on my rhythm rather than the outcome. In order to develop a secure rhythm, there obviously has to be some level of consistency and time well spent.
For my beginners, we need to loosen up, not only with our stitches but the learning aspect as well. A veteran knitter recently explained to me that as new knitters, we tend to knit tightly so that we get the stitches we see in the pictures (exactly what I thought), but those stitches happen after the project is washed and not while you knit. Fair enough. In the end, it all comes down to less perfection and more rhythm and allowing time for practice.
Most importantly, knitting should be RELAXING and FUN! I'm also speaking to myself when I say this, do not let the frustrations (and they will come) beat us out of the excitement of such a beautiful craft. Take every woe in stride, and continue with positivity in mind.
Perhaps making goals of what you would like to accomplish and seeing what you need to work on may be beneficial for progress. Goals seem to put things into perspective for me and hopefully it will help me counteract the fleeting of time. So, my goals this week is to spend an ABSOLUTE MINIMUM of two hours a day practicing the knit stitch and starting on the purl stitch. Ultimately, finding my rhythm and overcoming time like a champ.
[Stay Encouraged. And find your Rhythm]