The Secret Joy of Being a “Still Beginning” Knitter

When you’re a beginner, the world is fresh & new.  Everything is wondrous.  Knitting needles are beautiful, warm and magical.

“These?  These sticks turn that string into that??!  And I can do it??”

And it’s true.  It never stops being true.  The potential is always there.

There are many reasons why a beginning knitter puts down her needles.  Life itself is probably the most common reason.

Knitting soothes the savage beast, but being too stressed/depressed/angry, etc. to knit is real, too.

We knitters can lose sight of the potential and become too busy.  So our needles & yarn sit, in a bag or box, in the closet or a storage bin.  Out of sight and soon, out of mind.

But then comes that wonderful day when we are reminded of our knitting, of it’s potential and our own.  Our hands itch to hold needles and yarn.

We go back to the closet or storage bin & dig out our yarn and needles and try to remember, or figure out, where we left off.  Or we decide, because we have changed & out lives have moved on, to try a different project.

This is when we become a still beginning knitter.

It’s not all bad.  Most of us have no real desire to be a professional knitter.  (Turn a peaceful hobby into a stressful job, no thanks!)

While we may retain some bits & pieces of  knowledge & skill from our earlier knitting attempts, we’re still ready & open to learning more.

“You can’t add to a cup that’s already full.” 

A “still beginning” knitter’s cup is never full.  There’s always that sense of wonder and an eagerness to learn more about this deceptively simple and deeply satisfying skill that encourages us to dream in color and yarn.

There is an element of spiritual practice to being “still beginning.”  Even though we have learned and improved over the years, even though our hands remember how to knit, our minds are always have space for learning new things.  We come to knitting with a “beginner’s mind” every time.

Every time we choose a new pattern or project, we are beginning again.  Every time we pick up our needles, we are beginning again.  And with every stitch we slide off our needles, we find ourselves, once more beginning again.

May we have the wisdom to apply the lessons of knitting to other areas of our lives.

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