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This week’s tip is actually more of a personal experience with a moral at the end. You see, I’ve been knitting for close to a decade now, and I don’t feel that there are too many techniques that I haven’t explored to one extent or another. Well, pride goeth before a fall. Imagine my shock and trepidation when I was handed two client projects in late September that required steeking. Now, for those of you who are unfamiliar with steeking, let me just tell you that it’s scary as all get-out, mostly because it involves securing your stitches next to an area that you intend to cut, and then actually cutting your knitting. You may choose to reinforce your stitches by hand or with a sewing machine. I felt that the machine-sewn method was more secure, so that’s what I used.

I will admit here and now that I put those bits of knitted unpleasantness off as long as I reasonably could. I will also admit that my reason for doing so was fear, plain and simple. I mean, what if something went wrong? I don’t mind screwing up my own projects (well, actually I do), but what about someone else’s? As you can imagine, the fear was becoming paralyzing (figuratively).

It was at that point that I decided to put my big-girl panties on and JUST DO IT. I practiced on some swatches, I put on extra deodorant, and I went to work, s-l-o-w-l-y and c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y. And it worked. Everything was fine. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I was making a big deal out of nothing, because once you cut knitted fabric, there’s no going back. But I will say that it wasn’t nearly as traumatic as I thought it would be. And I think that goes for a lot of things in knitting (and maybe life in general). Sometimes we just have to put our fear aside and take the plunge. There are so many adventures waiting for us out there, and we’ll never experience them if we put them off. I would definitely recommend the extra deodorant, though.

How about you? Have you ever let fear stand in the way of your knitting? Please share below!