On the Precipice of Something

Have you ever come to a place in your life where you pause and realize you are on a precipice? All you have to do is leap, although where you will land is unknown. Uncharted. Maybe it will be greatness.  Perhaps it will be an utter and total flop. There is no choice but to jump and see what comes.

Or, if you don’t launch up into the air, you will never find out.

That is how I have been feeling lately, at least in terms of the knitting in my life. It’s been simmering on the side now for so many years. Don’t get me wrong, it will continue to proceed at a snails pace for quite some time into the future, as far as I can tell. I am doubly certain my knitting foibles will continue–the pattern designs that don’t always manifest on the first (or third) attempt, the dropped stitches that unravel faster than the stock market, the finished objects that take four months to knit and still don’t quite fit right.

It’s all part of it.

My knitting atmosphere just feels so super charged right now. Little ionic particles of wool (and perhaps alpaca blends) sparking and shimmering all about. I am so excited about the cowl design I have been working on. I was tempted to stay up to all hours last night to finish the final rounds, but I knew I would regret the sleeplessness in the morning.

I have also recently discovered Craftsy, which makes me super excited in a way not dissimilar from being provided with a plump slice of moist chocolate cake. There’s is whole new realm of online knitting resources and choices beyond my dearest Ravelry, I have been discovering. I loved Craftsy so much that I became an affiliate*, but more on that soon. (I will be sure to make a Big Announcement in the near future with all the deats.) In the meantime, I am itching to cast on my new Architexture Scarf Kit*. I ended up with the lavender heather colorway, which feels absolutely perfect for a spring knit.

Architexture scarf kit from Craftsy

At the same time, I aspire to make progress on my Bucket List by finally and formally taking an online colorwork class, which is a step above and beyond my typical method of stabbing-and-poking at random You Tube videos. I can’t decide between two colorwork classes: one offered with Melissa Leapman* or another one taught by Anne Berk*. Argh. Decisions. Decisions. Have you taken one of those classes? Advise me!

When it comes to knitting, I have always leaned toward the determined end of the spectrum, especially since Reed was born. I felt a responsibility to make it work, and I have (mostly) enjoyed the weight that has brought to my life (in a non-caloric kind of way). But lately, that I feel Even More Determined. Maybe it’s fleeting. Maybe I will regret it someday. All the energy I put into something that was just a phase in my life and an immeasurable blip in the cosmic realm of the ever-expanding (shrinking?) universe. Time petered away on a mere hobby out of control that could have been applied elsewhere with more successful results.

Who knows. I don’t. And I try not to doubt.

In the meantime, here I am. On my precipice. Ready to jump. I can only hope there is a big pile of fluffy wool at the bottom to cushion the landing, should the fall be a long one.

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along and reading All the Bright Places.


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  • Reply Donna March 9, 2016 at 6:57 am

    I love Craftsy. I still have classes I have to watch. I grab them while they are on sale. It’s such a great resource.

  • Reply nmccarroll2014 March 9, 2016 at 6:58 am

    I keep seeing Craftsy classes and think i SHOULD take one. Then my rational mind takes over and sighs.

    The lavender heather yarn is absolutely beautiful! I want that. Will go back and take a longer look at it and see it you have a link of where you got it. That could by on my bucket list!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life March 9, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      It really amazes me all the things you can learn online these days. Makes me wonder why I paid so much for college tuition, although I guess I know the answer to that as well.

  • Reply Sarah March 9, 2016 at 7:16 am

    I haven’t watched any craftsy classes but keep thinking “someday”- I am a prett driven person and approach knitting with goals in mind but nothing as exciting as you are describing, maybe because I haven’t currently much drive to design and also not much budget for yarn… Haha! Knitting is so much more exciting when you have money for lots of yarn!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life March 9, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      I feel you. My stash is quite small. If it’s in one little basket, and I tend to buy project by project, and mostly with my birthday money for my grandmother each April bless her heart.

  • Reply smithsoccasional March 9, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    I have taken a couple of quilting classes on Craftsy that have been good, as well as a class on plying on the spinning wheel. The quality has been great. Love that purple. I am so drawn to that color lately!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life March 9, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      The purple is definitely lifting my spirits, I will say that. Looking forward to spring and some blue skies. Happy knitting to you.

  • Reply Julia March 9, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Enjoy your Jump. I always advise daring to do. Good luck!

  • Reply chrisknits March 9, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I have taken many classes with Melissa Leapman, you will not regret taking one with her.

  • Reply Little Church Knits March 10, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Craftsy is truly awesome! I took a brioche course with Nancy Marchant and loved it. I haven’t taken either of the two you mention, but I am a HUGE fan of Melissa Leapman!

  • Reply Alina March 10, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Internet is a wonderful thing. I truly believe you can learn ANYTHING right now and it doesn’t matter whether you have degree or not. I really feel like I am learning on my own more than I learned in my university years… Wish you land on this soft wool pile!!!!

  • Reply knittedblissjc March 10, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    sounds like you are at a great stage with your knitting, how exciting! I’ve tried out a couple of craftsy classes. they are good quality, although I hate watching videos for more than 5 minutes.

  • Reply Dartmoor Yarns March 10, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    I know that feeling. Enjoy it. After all, the only difference between a hobby out of control and a job you love is usually how much you earn from it. Even if it is a blind alley, life is for living. If you’re loving what you do and doing no harm to yourself or others, do it!

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise March 11, 2016 at 10:01 am

    I will gladly cheer you on to jump! I love your enthusiasm and your adventurous spirit. I am thinking up some new cast on knits, but first I have to finish a few on the needles.

  • Reply ellen March 11, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Ah yes, I got sucked into Craftsy a month or two ago right after I promised to swear off kits, I bought the one you have above in the same color. I also bought one for the Iba sweater which I’m in the middle of butchering, why you ask? Because that is my method for garment knits. One day it will all go swimmingly …

    I wish you well in your knitting journey with your new energy. I like it. It’s inspiring I love the knitting even when I feel like it’s not going well. That’s the best kind of hobby love right?

  • Reply Opal @ Threadlover March 11, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    I’ve known about Craftsy for a few years; however, I didn’t participate (although I was a member) until I purchased my Kromski Sonata last month. Since that time, I’ve purchased six classes; five are spinning and I also bought a couture sewing class.

  • Reply Andi March 12, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    The beauty of this craft that we love so much is that there is always a plump cloudlike landing for you. Take the chance! 🙂
    I think by continuing to learn through outlets other than Raverly, you can only go up. Sounds like you are a go-getter!

  • Reply bobbi March 14, 2016 at 3:22 am

    I always wanted to take online courses, but I have so many sewing, knitting and crocheting projects unfinished, that I take the excuse that they are a bit too expensive for me…But i’m really drooling over a course in which you learn how to sew your bra. I already made a pair on my own, but with a pattern I designed: it came out nice, but not perfect. I know that i could get some good tips from a dedicated course…one day!!

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