Time to stop!

After forty-years of knitting, I used to consider myself a more than competent knitter. After seeing so many of the projects from these men, I guess I was very, very wrong. It might be time to stop. I don't think I'll ever reach the level of expertise to knit socks and lace shawls. Knit On gentlemen. I'm putting my needles away.


CLABBERS's picture

Never quit! I am 59 now and just started a couple years ago and love it. It's great therapy for the mind and the fingers. I really like the beautiful projects you have on Ravelry. The really look perfect to me. I have used your projects as inspiration to me. You have a real skill. Don't shelve it forever.

knittingman's picture

Don't do it!!! I couldn't fathom life without knitting and would hate to see one of the rarer breeds of knitter- the man- quit knitting. Although, if you need someone to inherit your stash... ;)

HuskerChub's picture

Don't you Dare!
Just because I can knit lace and socks doesn't mean that I don't knit simple scarves and other small simple projects just because I want to. YOU knit what YOU are comfortable with and be a proud male knitter! The only thing stopping you from knitting socks and lace shawls is a simple lack of education and/or want. If you really want to knit lace or socks (come over to the dark side) there are 100's of resources to help you, many of them right here just waiting for you to ask. Yes, sometime some of us can be yarn/needle/pattern snobs, just ignore us and go on with YOUR knitting. Giving up only lets the evil "them" win...who that are and what they're winning I don't know but it sounded good LOL. As EZ said "Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises"!!!!

SAPBrown's picture

Don't quit! It is not a contest (someone will always be bigger, better, younger, etc...) Look at one of your first projects and a recent one. The real test is: Has your own work improved? To me knitting is relaxing, rewarding and a productive use of my time.

If you find that you are not enjoying it, then stop.
If it interferes with daily life (work, family, friends,...), then stop.
If you are just frustrated, then take a hiatus.

I hope you reconsider. You will not find a better group of supporting, encouraging, educating, knitters anywhere.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I agree with everyone else...Don't Stop.

No matter what you knit, if you enjoy yourself and create pieces that you [and other people] are happy with, then you are an accomplished knitter. A dear friend of the family only knit caps, slippers, and scarves. She knit them up to the day she died. That was all she knit. But she was a happy knitter and enjoyed her craft. And that's what it is all about.

That's why I always tell other knitters, "If you enjoy what you make - whether with Red Heart and plain old aluminum needles, or the latest designer yarns and expensive handcarved wooden needles - then that is all that matters."

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Loom Dude's picture

Yeah, don't do it! You never whom you may inspire. I have to say that I am awed by the level of talent here also, but there's room for us all here, from the novice to the master.


ronhuber's picture

My niece's son is going away to university in the fall and he asked her to make him some dish cloths. Instead she taught him how to make one and he has made 4!! They are beautiful and he is proud of them. I know of one blogger who makes fun of people who make cotton cloths but I think that anything we create is a work of art. Let us be proud of what we make so don't put those needles away - they're needed for your next masterpiece.

Tallguy's picture

There is nothing wrong with knitted cotton dishcloths! I tend to make them as practice pieces. No matter how badly I might manage to mess them up, they are still useful around the house. However, cotton can be frogged many times, and I will re-do them until I get them right!

I have one in my kitchen right now, a simple checkerboard pattern. I do use it quite often, and each time I am pleased to see that what I had created with my own hands is such a utilitarian -- and great-looking -- piece of work.

I encourage every knitter to make a couple of dishcloths in various patterns, and keep them in the kitchen or bathroom for daily use. They sure are much nicer than commercial washcloths!

ronhuber's picture

I totally agree.

Nehkhasi's picture

I am in agreement with everything that was said before me. IT'S ABOUT YOU and whether you enjoy what you are doing and the progress that you've made to date. If you desire to challenge yourself with a new technique then so be it, if not, then relax and do what you LOVE most. This is one of the most wonderful things I've found and at times have wished that I'd have found it earlier in my life. I see those beautiful intricate projects and would love to attempt them at some future date and hopefully WILL, but some thing inside will let me know when I'm ready for all of that, and I trust that the same is true for you. Be Well. Be Fulfilled :-)


bobinthebul's picture

Gotta disagree for several reasons (though I wonder if your post isn't more than a bit tongue-in-cheek)! If you've done it for 40 years I'm sure you've had plenty of chances to see über-knitters who can whip out a perfectly fitting sweater in 3 days... And like many things, the really amazing ones (not naming names, you know who you are!) also tend to be über-generous about helping others. It's one of the fun things about hanging out here. :)

I was intimidated by socks at first (though it was what I most wanted to do). They just looked so...complicated, with stitches going every which way. A secret about socks: If you can knit, purl, pick up a stitch, and count, you can knit socks. Just start with a simple one to let your mind grok how it goes together.

And lace - okay, there has been a lot of talk about the evil Nupp and its management, and granted,, there are some insanely complex lace patterns out there. But pretty much the same thing goes for lots of lace. If you do something fairly simple with a repeating pattern of 8 - 10 rows or so, you'll be amazed at how quickly it starts to make sense. My first one was the "Susan Scarf." The other nice thing about lace is, it's mostly empty space, and that means you get a lot of instant gratification because when half your stitches are yarnovers, you end up with a lot more fabric in a short time!

Glad you're here!

thomasmc's picture

I mostly knit socks, like you I considered that my goal in knitting, but last weekend made my first attempt at lace - a red cashmere scarf for mother's day. It's the pattern here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pearl-barred-scallop-scarf , really simple. I didn't think to take a pic before mailing it off, but when it was blocked and dried, it looked just like the one on that page. Now I'm working on my first sweater, a top down raglan in worsted weight wool.

CLABBERS's picture

I couldn't agree more. I find that when I am working a bigger piece, such as an afghan or the endless sweater I am making now, a nice evening long completion of a cute little wash cloths still thrills me to pieces. I simply marvel at how ancient the art form is and how wonderful it is to make something useful. I may go down to see my mom again in The Villages, FL and she always asks me to bring her more of them. She's so funny. She cares for them like they are gold. I tease her and tell her to just throw them in the washer and dryer and don't give them a second thought. The colors will fade, and they will still do the job if you use a good cotton. I may make some cotton towels for her using cotton sock yarn so it is good for hand and face drying, but those are lofty goals just now. Simple things that are useful are great things to make and give as gifts, or just keep and use around the house. It's also nice to have some of the washcloths handing in case your sink links and you need something absorbent to mop the water up with.

Keep knitting. It's all good. Without a solid grasp of the simple elements of knitting, advanced and super expert type people would never be where they are today. I love this site because there is such a varied audience of artisans that will spend hours researching things only to find they have a greater need and that is to share it with all of us. I think I may have finally found a sock pattern template that I can work with. It's good for any yarn and any needle, any foot size. I'm 3/4 of the way through the first one and I am anxious to see how it looks finished. I already have designs floating around my head to add some flair to the next pair with cabling/ribbing and some other things.

Again, keep knitting. If you feel it is all so overwhelming just now, retire them for a month or two, but be prepared to do something else to occupy your brain and your hands. Then revisit and old project or start a new one. But never abandon an art form that you do so well.


bobinthebul's picture

I just checked your Ravelry projects and now I know it's tongue-and-cheek, the Killarney Afghan is great!

thomasmc's picture

I don't think it matters WHAT you knit, as long as you enjoy it. I can't imagine knitting a doily, but if that's what floats your boat, then do it. I think washcloths are a great thing to knit. I most enjoy things that I can knit while watching tv, that don't take too much concentration. And people seem to enjoy getting dishcloths as much as anything else. For myself, I mostly knit socks. Pretty much the same plain sock over and over, just with different yarns, because at this point I can do it without much thought.

Crafty Andy's picture

I do stuff that pleases me and there are things that I can not do yet, maybe there will be things I will never do. I will never stop doing anything because someone has more expertise than me. Imagine all the people that are less experienced than me, I would not want them to stop on my acount. Since I don't really compete with anyone, but myself. There are people that just make granny squares and are very happy, who am I to tell them them they can do other stuff. Crafting is about you and your personal growth, the more you compare yourself to others the less you will enjoy your life. I am certainly not stopping because there are other people that can do cartwheels with their needles or their looms, or crochet hook for that matters. Each of us has the opportunity to grow our talents at our own pace. Don't worry there is no prize at the end of the road, but your own personal satisfaction. Be well and llive the moent with joy buddy.

bobinthebul's picture

Well said.

Potter's picture

Don't do it, Thunderhorse! Don't put your needles away! Just slowly pick up those needles and, nice and easy now, back right back into your comfy spot and, carefully, careful now...... knit. You have more fans than you know!

michaelpthompson's picture

I've been knitting around fifty years now and I still learn something new every day. That's one of the beautiful things about our art.

A wise man (tallguy) once told me that all knitting is one stitch at a time. You can do anything one stitch at a time. Haven't done much lace (there are easier versions than some of the artwork I see here) but I found that socks aren't nearly as hard as they sound when you haven't done them yet. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's "Knitting Rules" opened my eyes to how easy they are.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."