Do you have any tips, or things that you’ve learned from knitting?
Knitting tips – the internet. There is so much information out there, including videos, and of course the smarties on Ravelry’s forums. Ask them. Use them. They can help. If you get stuck, ask someone.
As for things I’ve learned from knitting? Just do it. Even if you’re not sure, try it (or some other way to make things with your hands). I have a good friend who tries very, very hard to plan out every step of everything, swatching and switching needles, calculating this measurement and that one, and trying to make things come out exactly as they ought to, however that might be. As a result, she’s been working on the same strip of wool for as long as I’ve known her. I mention her because I am SO CLOSE TO BEING HER. It’s easy to be intimidated by the somewhat unpredictable nature of making things, but you’ll probably figure it out if you just go for it. Make a wonky thing. Make another one. Use your wonky thing. Love it. Make a different thing. Is it still wonky? Who cares? You made a thing!
(To be fair, I could really use some more planning and attention to detail when it comes to making fitted garments. I could at least swatch now and then.)
Trust the designer. Just do the thing as it’s written (make sure you’ve read the whole of the instructions, though). Trust the process. If it doesn’t work, check for errata. Then check Ravelry. If the instructions confused you, they confused someone else, too. Read the instructions again. If you still can’t get it….fuck it. Rip it out and do something else. Don’t agonize over it, either. It’s just yarn.
It’s just yarn.
IT’S JUST YARN.
You can take risks with a bit of yarn. You can do weird things with it. You can even ruin it, and who will care? Nobody (besides you). You can make the dumbest-looking hat and wear it anyway. If anybody dares make a negative comment, feel free to ask them how they use their spare time. Do they make anything? Then they can keep their judgmental pie-holes shut.
YOU HAVE MADE A THING. Rock that thing. There are many like it, but this one is yours.