Sometimes it can be hard to restart a stalled or dropped project out of feelings of perfectionism or the pain of looking at past mistakes. This week, Janine and Shannon discuss how Janine recently faced down her many abandoned knitting projects and how rejuvenated she was by the process. She’s excited to get back to regular knitting after letting go of less-than-fulfilling works in progress liberated her to restart.
Discussion topics include:
- Janine’s adventure in revisiting her knitting projects
- How visiting dashed knitting dreams turned out to actually be enjoyable
- The benefit of actually facing down abandoned projects
- Letting go of perfectionism so that unfinished projects don’t feel like failures
- How this process of discovery rejuvenated Janine’s enthusiasm for knitting
- How American Ninja Warrior fits into all of this
- An imperfect explanation of Portuguese knitting
- Shannon’s recent decluttering of her t-shirt collection, which she accomplished after overcoming feelings of fruitlessness about the effort
- Shannon’s delight at her decluttered t-shirts (and her strategies for keeping the clutter at bay)
- How the notion of restarting can work in so many areas of our lives
- How restarting is an excellent time to get in touch with what’s important to you.
- Letting go of the things that keep you from loving what you want to do
- Allowing yourself to restart and to get back to why something is important to you rather than focusing on perceived mistakes
- Untangled: A step-by-step guide to joy and success for the modern yarn lover, by Shelly Brander
Note from Janine:
I was hoping to post a photo of the finished cowl, but I didn’t manage to finish it. But here’s a photo of Bix inspecting my love seat full of unfinished projects before the decluttering began!
And here’s a photo of some of the reclaimed yarn!