In a Lace Study Group Zoom call this week, one student surmised, “I need to trust myself because I have all the skills.” I thought about that simple truth all weekend, realizing how much knitting, especially lace knitting, is a practice of self-trust.
It’s not the project
This sounds like it should be a deep topic, doesn’t it? One where I wax poetically about the life lessons we gain from knitting. I could, but … this idea is straightforward. There’s not much else I could add. Each skill we learn, each yarn we try, or project we create tunes us more and more to ourselves. What we like, what works, what we can fix, what we can’t—we practice, refining our intuition with every stitch.
As we wrap up these last few days of the Spring Lace-Along, think about where you started and compare that to today. Even if you didn’t finish (ahem. Me.), how effortless are those yarnovers now after all that practice? How much more confident are you at reading charts? How much do you just “do” because you trust in your skills or your capacity to learn them?
Yes, those lessons from lace carry over into life, but we already knew that. What we might not know is just how little it is about the project and how much it is about the practice of self-trust.
Don’t forget the prize drawing!
Remember, get your final bind-off pics onto Instagram by the end of the day on May 14, tagging us with the hashtag #sweetgeorgialacealong. You don’t want to miss your shot at these amazing prizes:
- Grand prize: a signed copy of Dyeing to Spin & Knit by Felicia Lo, winner’s choice of a 2-skein pattern + yarn set, a $50 gift card to SweetGeorgia Yarns, and a 3-month subscription to the School of SweetGeorgia
- Second prize: a signed copy of Dyeing to Spin & Knit by Felicia Lo, winner’s choice of a 1-skein or Party of Five pattern + yarn set, a $25 gift card to SweetGeorgia Yarns, and a 1-month subscription to the School of SweetGeorgia
- Third prize: a signed copy of Dyeing