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Finally Finished – Knitted Cowl

Doesn’t it feel great to finish a project? I love checking something off my to-do list.

knittingcowl

Well, I’m checking off a really old knitting project that I started in 2013 when I did my monthly Creativity Challenge knitting class. This was the final project we started in that class, and it is one of the more challenging projects we did. It involves following a pattern and changing colors a lot.

After finishing this 82-row pattern, I can say that I feel pretty comfortable tackling something like this in the future.

In the beginning, I had to sit in a quiet room, alone, so that I could count stitches and concentrate. Now, I’m comfortable sitting in a room with the television on and my family! I’ve gotten much faster at completing a row, but it’s still fairly time consuming. I can use the previous row’s pattern to know when to change colors rather than counting all the time. While it felt tortuous at times, I’ve learned a ton and expanded my knitting comfort zone.

cowl-finished

Now, I’m going to admit how long it took me to finished this project: more than a year! How silly is that! I could only commit to doing one row a night sporadically (being a mother of two young children). I really hoped to finish it sooner, but nevertheless it is done! Now, what about those other unfinished projects from that class … or maybe I’ll rip them out and make socks. 🙂

close-up-cowl

My designer takeaway: Sometimes learning can be painful and painfully slow, but it is rewarding in the end! Keep going!

My One Tip for Burnout

My one tip is: Take a break!

Of course, it’s not always that simple, except when it is!

I’ve been a little quiet on the knitting front lately. Honestly, while I loved my challenging knitting classes in 2013, I got burned out. I’ve been taking it easy ever since. I gave myself permission to just enjoy outdoor activities in the summer. Now I’m slowly working my way back into it.

baby-blanket

I worked (forever) on this simple block baby blanket over the last year. It was just what I needed, a no-brainer knitting project, after all those challenging ones. No pattern to follow, and I could do it while enjoying a TV show or talking with others.

ruffle-scarf-2014

Then we decided to visit some old friends for the holidays, and I thought I’d like to take the three girls a scarf. I have one done. We’ll see if I can squeeze in two more.

I’m hoping for the new year to finish this two-color knitting project that I started in my Feed Your Creativity knitting class forever ago! Stay tuned. 🙂

My designer takeaway: When you get burned out, take a break!

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