It's that way with spinning, knitting and fibre arts, too. As long as we continue to explore the arts we love, we continue to learn. Although I have decades of spinning and knitting behind me, there are mountains of knowledge I haven't climbed. Even small things can bring us joy when we discover them for the first time.
|The crocheted blanket is coming along nicely.|
I learned Norwegian cast on yesterday. It's a simple variation on Long Tail cast on, but provides a stretchy edge which is great for socks. I learned this technique from a DVD in the Deluxe Edition of The Knitter's Companion, by Vicki Square. I have the earlier edition and it's wonderful, but I'd meant to update to the new one. Sharon at Golden Willow gave me a copy of the new version on Saturday. It was a wonderful, helpful gift and the DVD's contain many demonstrations of things I do not know.
I know a fair bit about knitting, including several cast on methods, finishing techniques and blocking methods, but if I had decided that I knew all I needed to know about knitting, I would have missed the information contained in this knitting guide. By staying open to new possibilities, I now have fresh ideas which can improve my own work and which may help me with my teaching. What I learned isn't earth-shattering, but it's new and fresh and helps to keep my brain active.
The next time you are offered new possibilities and are undecided about taking them, ask yourself this: further down the road, will I regret not taking the opportunity to do . . . ? If the answer is "yes," then take the leap. At worst, you can only fail; sometimes failure is our best teacher.
If I didn't step away from the obstacle of knowing-it-all, I'd never have explored linking spinning, knitting and fibre arts to meditation. If I believed I knew all I needed to know about yoga, I'd never taken a class I'm enjoying thoroughly. If I thought there was no way I could guide a yoga therapy class, I would never have been given the opportunity to teach one.
It's fine to take a break from whatever you are exploring in life, but never stop travelling. There are so many learning opportunities, even if those opportunities are small things, like a new way to start your knitting or a variation on how you build your spindle cop. It's the small things that enrich us and expand our world. Keep exploring.
|Mickey (aka The Buddha) explores new possibilities for my sweater.|