author David Brin. I was fascinated by the concept of items starting out as low quality, and that only with constant use they became better. Clothing started as rags and the more they were worn, the better quality they became. Staff were hired to wear a wealthy man's clothing and use his goods to improve their value. If you stopped using and item, it would slowly revert to it's previous, coarse state.
Science fiction right. Maybe not quite. Consider the skills that you have. You obtained them through constant use and practice, if you don't use them, they become rusty and not as fluent. The often cited example of never forgetting how to ride a bicycle does acknowledge that you might wobble a bit at first when you try riding again after many years of abstaining.
You would never expect sporting professionals to not practice and only ever play in games. They practice far more hours than they ever do spend hours in competition. Most of the time, I never practice my needlework. I am assuming that like most of you, my stitching time must produce an item. Practicing is wasted time. That is just not so.
Yesterday, I received and newsletter from quilter Leah Day and she talked about practicing. I have included that video below.
(you could also put a piece of batting inside and old pillow case and practice with that)
Arts and Socks pointed out a new free class at Craftsy called Knit Along 2016 Socks. It's not for the beginner, though if you've knit one pair of socks you'd probably be able ready to attempt the lessons. I've signed up, watched the first lesson and have my wool for the first pair. I am looking forward to learning more about sock knitting so I can avoid the problems I've previously encountered. Thanks Kate.
designer Natalie Servant and then it sat. I finally purchased the wool last year and yet it sat. Nothing like the present for getting started.
Here's where the practice comes in. Following the pattern, I used 4mm needles and started. I had about eight inches knit and realised the tension was way too tight. Ripped it out and started again using 4.5mm needles. Still a bit too tight, rip again. Now I am using 5mm needles and it's almost perfect. Sure, it's a drag ripping back that much, but I knew that I'd not be satisfied if I didn't and it would have been a much stiffer scarf in the end. Now it will be soft and almost cuddly. I am using Cascade 220 Heather wool in colour 2425. I purchased enough for a co-ordinating hat as well.
At the end of the day, and at the end of the project, I am glad that I spent the time in practicing which ever skill I utilised. I end up with a better project and that makes me happy. If I'm not happy doing my crafts/arts/needlework, then I am doing something very wrong. For this week, I wish you all happy practice.
Needlework Tuesday is a regular weekly post where I share the
progress of my various needlework projects over the past week. I enjoy
the encouragement that I receive from my readers and in return visit
their blogs and cheer them on with theirs. You are welcome to grab the
cute little mouse and create your own Needlework Tuesday post. Leave a comment with a link and I'll be sure to visit with you.
Mister Linky is waiting below for a link to your current needlework post, regardless of whether it is practice or not.
Cover image used courtesy of Penguin RandomHouse Canada.