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Today’s tip isn’t going to be anything earth-shattering; rather, it’s a reminder that knitting should be fun.

I took a break this week from my quilt and started a couple of new little projects, one of which you can see in the photo above (as yet unblocked; working on a cowl to complete the set). At first I felt very guilty for doing this, but the urge need to feel a different yarn between my fingers and work a different pattern overtook me, and before I knew it, I was casting on those fingerless mitts, along with a pair of stranded mittens. I moved past the guilt, though, after I decided to take my own advice (also, guilt doesn’t last very long when you’re working with cashmere!).

You see, I’m forever telling my students things like “Monogamy is for marriage, not for knitting,””There are no knitting police,” and “You control your knitting, not vice-versa.” I’ve seen too many good knitters bogged down with guilt over their knitting, especially when they’re making large projects that most knitters would need a decent chunk of time to complete. It’s both understandable and commendable that they want to finish in a timely manner, but monotony can suck the joy out of knitting, making it feel like work instead of play. And let’s face it–most of us knit because we want to, not because our family members will suffer frostbite over the coming winter if we don’t finish our projects.

I suppose what I’m saying is that while we should maintain the goal of finishing our works in progress, we need to allow room for passion and spontaneity. It’s important to keep our love of knitting alive and well fed. If we do, it will be a long and fruitful relationship, with countless blessings and rewards.

How about you? What fuels your passion for knitting? Please share below!