In recent months emails and sometimes posts have been showing up about newer, faster ways to knit. At first I read some of these and even watched the videos showing these methods. After all, don’t we all want to move faster and get more done? One evening I tried to follow the instructions and pursue my “dream”. While I knew with practice I could become a faster knitter, I found my shoulders tensing up and my body leaning forward, intent on “getting it done faster”.
Where was the relaxing time and peaceful thoughts while I knitted? Where was the resolutions to problems during the day that came while I relaxed and knitted or crafted? All I had was more tension and stress and the projects didn’t get finished any quicker. I admire people who can pursue speed and still be relaxed, however I learned that for me, the fun and joy went out of knitting when I became bent on doing it faster or making more.
So my solution: Back to my regular way of knitting and accepting that only for me–not for everyone else–it is important to enjoy the process and if it gets a little faster just because I am enjoying myself and if a problem’s solution comes to me during that time, then I have achieved my goals.
Now to step down from my soapbox! 🙂