Recently I’ve been struggling a bit with envy towards other makers. Not in a “why are they succeeding” kind of way but more of a “why are so many makers that are SO much younger than me succeeding more than I am right now”.
The short answer is that we’re all on our own journeys and comparing ourselves to each other does nothing to help anyone.
The longer answer is I only started knitting at all three years ago. While all of the people that I’m comparing myself to have been making for much much longer and age has nothing to do with it.
So! Things that I do combat the feelings of “why not me” that pop up from time to time are:
- Step back and look at the bigger picture.
I mentioned I’ve only been knitting for three years. Well since then I went from making crappy scarves and knowing nothing about gauge etc to designing my own patterns. Even in the last year, I went from 1 pattern for sale to currently 12 and more on the way. That’s nothing to look down on and I always have to remind myself of that.
- Support those makers.
Yup. You read that right. The knitting/crochet community is SO supportive and if I just stay in my own corner of the world because I’m grumpy, that doesn’t do any good either. So if they put out patterns I want to make or become indie dyers and I love their yarn, you can bet I’ll be purchasing from them.
- Keep my head down and make what I want.
While there is always pressure to make what is popular, I design patterns after pieces I want to make for myself (and sometimes my daughter). I don’t see a point in designing something I wouldn’t wear. Especially since I’m putting in the time and mental strength to make a piece of clothing from some balls of fibre.
The more I design the better I like what the end product is. Because I’m growing in my abilities so the pieces are turning out better and better.
My favourite piece to date is my #simpletexturedbeanie (pictured). The end product wasn’t my original vision but I adjusted accordingly and I’m in love with how it turned out.
Next time you’re feeling like you’re not measuring up, do one (or all) of the above and you will likely feel better!