Do you know, some people think that knitting is boring. Boring! (They’ve obviously never experienced a Sunday night yarn sale.)
I think, and I’m sure you will agree, that knitting is an incredibly exciting craft. You might be a new knitter, or you might have been knitting for decades, either way you still have so much to learn, and so many new techniques and styles to explore.
I spent much of the weekend polishing off the new Best of Vogue Knitting book, and was inspired, humbled, and motivated by every article. It made me realise what a boring knitter I am – I select a pattern, pick out yarn, and knit. I very rarely customise, change details, or even really think about what I’m doing. I just blindly follow the instructions. I never try new cast ons or cast offs, I only know one sock technique, and I definitely steer clear of any garment that has a technique I’m unfamiliar with (crochet, steeks, intarsia).
Knitting isn’t boring, I’m boring. I’ve got to start stretching myself, learning new things, and trying them out. I should spend more time experimenting with new techniques, and less time starting new projects.
(Apart from this, this doesn’t count:)
(This doesn’t count because it is for winter. For my love. For our anniversary. And if I don’t get a jump on it soon, I have no hope of finishing it in time.)
So, if you’re feeling a little jaded at the moment, your knitting mojo is slipping away, your needles are getting dusty, your stash piling up, I strongly advise you to get hold of this book. It’s simply wonderful. Makes you feel like you are standing on the shoulders of giants.
What could be more exciting than that?