Getting Turned Inside Out… In More Ways Than One
When your Magic Loop knitting gets turned inside out
When you are new to knitting in the round, you can accidentally turn your work inside out - you'll know this because you'll start seeing the wrong side of your knitting come out the tops of the needles.
This can really confuse a lot of knitters! Don't worry, you didn't do anything wrong. Just watch the video to see if you've accidentally turned your knitting inside-out, and a REALLY easy fix for it if you have.
Getting turned inside out in life
...is sometimes a little harder to notice. But I wanted to share with you my personal experience of this recently, as it relates to KnitFreedom, this blog, and the changes that have been going on of late.
I know you all have noticed a drop-off in helpful knitting posts, and an increase in promotional posts, sales pages, and publicity notifications. That's not what I want my blog to be, but I somehow got off track. I think the perfectionist in me is partly responsible.
I've been working so hard on KnitFreedom as a business - learning how to make this new website, trying to create new products, trying to answer everyone's questions, that this kind of thing has consumed all my time!
But, since it's not "videos, tips, and tricks for intermediate knitters," I haven't blogged about it.
Leaving a gaping void. I am committed to sticking to the scope of this blog, but I can't leave who I am out of it!
The entire experience of creating this site, and trying to make it so I can support myself doing what I do best (teaching knitting), has an effect on my life, too. And I know you, my gentle readers, care about me, just like I care about you.
So I have decided to open up a little more personally, if only so that it takes the pressure off and actually lets me blog.
I can't leave the lessons of my life out of this endeavor - it's too hard to separate them.
So I will be bringing you videos, and tips, and trick, and will work my hardest to make KnitFreedom.com the best online resource for knitters out there. And I will include my story along the way.
Which brings me to a big issue - this legwarmer kit/shopping cart/store. And getting a little inside out.
What happened was, I got scared. Christmas is coming, I wanted to have something for you all, but I didn't listen to what you wanted - I listened to what my friends told me would be cool. "Knitting kits would be so cool!" they said. "It makes perfect sense!"
And so, for the last couple weeks, instead of blogging, instead of working on all the video courses you've been requesting from me (Double Knitting, Moebius Knitting, Custom-Fitted Sweaters, etc etc), I've been ordering yarn and building a shopping cart!
Whoa! All of a sudden, I went from having an established, well-researched business plan, based on my strengths, my competition, and the opportunities I saw, to competing with hundreds of other yarns stores out there, having to buy minimum orders of supplies, and spending hundreds of dollars just to stock the supplies for this one product.
I strayed from my plan and my strengths.
Luckily, I had my eyes open. Instead of freaking out when no one ordered the kits, I calmly thought, "I need to do something different. I need to listen to my students - my customers."
I've already set the wheels in motion to return the yarn, the needles, and the buttons, and as you may have noticed, the KnitFreedom store has disappeared from the menu.
It's time for me to get back to creating videos for you. There are hundreds that I want to film! Thank you so much for sticking with me as I experimented with this - I value you, my readers and students more than anything. You are enabling me to do what I do best.
Right now, I'm concentrating on improving the site, so that everyone can find what they're looking for. I'm also developing ways for people to take the video classes without having to download anything. I'll be posting at least once a week again - and I'm so excited.
A little note by my computer says, "Joy is the essence of success."
So let's get back to it!
Related Post: How Knitting Rescued Me, and a Knitted Christmas Ornament
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