When I was younger I taught myself how to sew. I pulled out my moms all metal sewing machine that was in need of some TLC and picked out a pattern and went for it.
Prior to that when I was younger I took knitting lessons from my grandmother. My gauge was way too tight and I just couldn’t’ get past a couple of inches. Never mind that I was using horrible yarn and metal needles.
So as a teenager when I was teaching myself how to sew it was more about getting it done than really learning technique. Sure I knew about basic shapes but not really how to fit them. I new about different kinds of stitching but not really mastered them or when to use them. I new about interfacing but never really bothered learning about the different weights for them or how to use it properly besides when a pattern called for it. It was always about getting to the end result than learning on the journey.
So when I recently took of knitting it was kind of like that too at first. Except the more I knit, the more enchanted I become with the learning process. The more I choose my patterns to learn new skills. To learn different techniques.
I am now super confident with a M1R and M1L. K2Tgt or SSK – I know these things. I love learning new bind offs and cast ons and I pay attention to each of these things because it takes time. It goes on one stitch at a time and each stitch matters.
I want to get back into sewing again. And I think I really needed to get heavily obsessed with knitting in order to understand why sewing and I hadn’t been working out for so very long. I wasn’t paying attention to it and I wasn’t striving to learn more.
So here is to Technique!! Here is to continually learning new things!