Are you a life-long learner? Well of course you are! If you are reading this blog you are most likely a knitter and unless you are still only knitting garter stitch for everything, always, then learning is important to you.
Now don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with garter stitch. I personally can be quite a fan as demonstrated in my last post. But most of us want to know more than just the knit stitch. We also want to purl, and make stitch patterns, and explore the myriad of possibilities that is the world of knitting. And this gives us power!
People who are interested in exploring, learning new things and stretching their minds have all sort of advantages over those who don’t.
For one thing, we are much more interesting people to know and befriend. Life-long learners always have something new to talk about. If you have ever spent time with someone who is always telling the same story or reliving the “good ol’ days,” you know of what I speak! The person at knit-night who has learned a new technique or skill is always “the life of the party.”
Life-long learners are also able to adapt to new ideas and information much more easily. As a student (of most anything), we develop tools and techniques for receiving “foreign” knowledge, processing it and then incorporating it into our own body of knowledge. Making motions with both hands, processing the foreign language of patterns and gaining new knowledge through classes, videos or books are all great examples found in knitting.
As a life-long learner, we have the power to develop skills that just a few years prior we might not have ever been able to do. Learning is almost always a series of successes and failures. People afraid of failure (particularly adults) rarely stretch outside of their comfort zones. When we first started knitting, we most likely never believed we would be capable of creating the project now on our needles.
So the next time you wrestle with self-doubt, face a struggle or fear you will not be able to meet your next goal…fear not! You are a knitter!!
And that just might be your secret super-power.