While I was walking home, I spied a bumper sticker that proclaimed, "Attitude Is The Only Disability." While I am sure it was a slogan for disabled people's rights, I got to thinking how true this was for almost everything......even knitting.
Since I have the opportunity of meeting and working with those who knit or crochet everyday, I see this come this statement reveal itself all the time, I just never really thought about it in that way.
Knitting is essentially the manipulating of 2 stitches, right? For some the manipulating is just two stitches, while for others the manipulating is terrifying. Let me explain
I had the privilege of meeting an enthusiastic new knitter who came in for a little help on a project. Even though she had just learned the basics, she was eager to dive into more complicated projects. She took lots of classes and approached each project as a new adventure. Within 6 months, she had made several sweaters, socks and some very complicated lace shawls and wraps. It was fun and inspiring to watch her grow.
Then I have also had the opportunity to meet those who are fearful or less confident to do anything other than scarves or rectangles. I am convinced that these individuals believe that they are not able to do more. Depending on the individual and there openness, I love to try to encourage them to either try knitting other textures or techniques into their scarves OR moving them into a new silhouette like a hat, mittens or socks.
I will always remember that even though it gives me satisfaction to see knitters skills grow, I will also remember that not everyone is ready OR has the Attitude to take on more.