How far down the road to learning your craft do you believe yourself to be? Are you comfortable with what you know or are you always striving to learn new skills and add to your knowledge base? Take a look at a few knitting or crochet books and have a look at some of the skills mentioned in the patterns. Can you start your amigurumi pieces with a magic circle, have you ever tried double knitting, how's your intarsia? If you are feeling brave, make a list of some of the skills which you have not yet tried but would like to have a go at, and perhaps even set yourself a deadline of when you'd like to have tried them by.
I can go on forever on this topic. I consider myself a jack of almost all trades a master at none. I have been crocheting for well over 20 years but just a few days ago I learned a new crochet technique that I have never heard of. I learned to really knit last year. Before I took that class, I was able to string some stitches together but I never knew what the hell I was doing much less read a knit pattern.
A couple of months ago I learned to use a drop spindle, I taught myself how to dye wool using Kool-Aid and in a few weeks I will be taking a class to learn how to use acid dyes. Being a part of the Google+ community I am learning more everyday.
While I have come a long way in learning my crafts, I know that I am no where near the tip of the ice berg. I doubt that I will ever be comfortable, I know that I will always be searching to learn more and challenge myself more. The next step for me is to learn how to use a spinning wheel, after that I want to learn how to weave and I also want to learn more about fitting. In between that I want to improve on my knitting and crocheting skills. So much to learn so little time. I love it! It keeps me active, I meet new people and at the same time I make myself some pretty nice stuff. Now all I have to do is figure out how I can do this all day. Maybe I should start playing the lottery? :-)
Here are some of the books that I have armed myself with to help me in my forever quest to perfect (yeah right!) my skills:
Until next time, Happy Knitting!