Sunday, February 26, 2006

Knitting Olympics, Day 16: Lessons Learned

Here's the condensed version of the post I made to my blog today. For full details, please visit the original entry.

Kiri detail, unblocked
Detail look at Kiri, unblocked

1. If time matters, then so does gauge.

The Lesson: If you have a deadline, check your gauge, and calculate how much you'll actually be knitting to complete the project. Even for projects where gauge doesn't normally matter.

2. Your hands always matter, and have priority over everything else. Don't wait until you feel the pain to take action - the damage has already happened.

The Lesson: Take care of your hands - they are your one irreplaceable and indispensable artist's tool. Take frequent breaks. Learn some stretches and exercises for your hands. Alternate between knitting sessions and activities that use the hands in a different way. And if you feel pain, STOP!

3. Goals are more important than deadlines.

The Lesson: Know what is essential about any project, and recognize what your personal conditions for "success" are. Don't let some outside force decide that for you - you are the person who must determine if you derived satisfaction from the work you have created.

4. If deadlines must happen, they must be met realistically.

The Lesson: Know your skills and limitations, and choose projects accordingly. Success comes from a good match of skill level, project size, and time available.


Would I do something like the Olympics again? I'm not sure.

Do I regret having tried the Olympics? Not a bit!

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At 10:56 PM, Blogger Jo said...

Based on are a Bodeite. It isn't about winning or losing. Be proud! You have challenged yourself, you have grown, you are better than you were before. For what it's worth, I'm proud of you. Kiri will be completed and beautiful in your own time and you will always remember the lessons learned when you see her.

At 9:30 AM, Blogger Sara said...

Your post was most interesting and I enjoyed your "lessons". The best part of this entire thing was that we were able to challenge ourselves to be more creative and to learn more - and I think each of us was a winner at that!


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