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How To Overcome Your Knitting Fears

Liat Gat - Founder

November 9, 2012

Word picture of people's different knitting fearsWarning: this post gets personal.

It’s about struggling to overcome habits and thoughts that have bothered you for years.

It’s about learning to make a new script, and it’s going to help you with your knitting in a whole new way.

About two years ago, I was looking for help with a personal problem.

It might seem like a silly problem to you, but it was one that I couldn’t fix, no matter what I tried. For years.

And I consider myself a pretty competent person.

The truth is, I couldn’t stop picking at my skin. I was always breaking out and I couldn’t even walk in front of a mirror without walking up to it and picking something. Gross, right?

Even worse, my nails would bend and break, and they looked ugly in the knitting videos. But I couldn’t stop the cycle. I thought to myself, “I need some major help.”

I don’t know what make me think of it, but in a moment of out-of-the-box thinking, I googled “hypnotist Salt Lake City,” and there was Jamie. I called her and she said she could help me, and in a few weeks, the problem was totally gone.

So why am I telling you this? What on earth does this have to do with overcoming your knitting fears?

Well, recently I called Jamie again. I had another problem that I’d never in my life been able to solve: I couldn’t get up in the morning.

I thought this problem was impossible to overcome. And, being in Argentina at the time, and no longer living in Salt Lake City, I didn’t really know what she could do for me. But hoping against hope that Jamie could help me, I called her again.

She was amazing. She helped me think up the schedule I wanted, and then asked me to describe to her what it would feel like to live that. I told her I would feel so happy and proud of myself, and secure, knowing that I could trust myself to get to work on time each day.

She said, “Okay, I’ll work on this!” A few days later, I got an email with a little audio file that she made just for me. I listened to it every night for a couple of weeks and practiced the schedule we had devised, until the habit was so strong that I didn’t have to listen any more. Now, I get up at 7:30 every morning and am at work by 9 a.m., ready to work on the things that matter the most.

Edited to add: Many people requested my “wake-up-in-the-morning” audio, so you can now download it here.

If She Can Help Me With This, Then She Can Help All Of Us With Our Knitting

This transformation was so amazing that I thought, “We’ve got to do this for my knitting students.” Surely Jamie can help all my readers overcome their struggles with knitting!

She thought it was a great idea, and so I ran a poll on the Facebook page asking my students what their biggest knitting fears were. And they really opened up!
150 knitting fears word picture from Wordle
In addition to things like seaming, steeking, and reading charts, they said that they often thought things like, “I’m just not good enough to knit this,” and “I shouldn’t have made that mistake.” Even “you’ll always mess up, no matter how you try.” Sound familiar?

Let’s get rid of that, already!

Using the reader feedback, Jamie made you a free audio recording that you can download and put on your phone or iPod and listen to before bed for a few nights.

Imaging how lovely it will feel next time you make a knitting mistake or come across a technique you’ve always been terrified of. You’ll smile and relax, and speak to yourself in a calming, loving voice as you gracefully and lovingly help yourself through the struggle!

Download Your Free “Conquer Your Knitting Fears” Audio

–> Download the free 6-minute audio here and listen to it before bed. I hope you love it!

I asked Jamie a few questions about hypnosis, so we could all understand it better:

Liat: What is it like to be hypnotized?

Jamie: Each person has a unique experience, but generally it is deeply relaxing.
My personal experience is that it feels like a combination of daydreaming and meditation.

Liat: What are some misconceptions about hypnosis that people have?

Jamie: Stage hypnosis and movies have given people an inaccurate perception of hypnosis, so sometimes people will think they will have a lack of control or will quack like a duck. I’ve never made anyone quack like a duck!

Another misconception is what I call hypnomagic. Hypnosis is not magic. It’s not a passive process.

It an active process which is aided by the subconscious but involves the hypnotizee listening to, acting upon, and reinforcing the new changes.

The National Institute of Health has studied and found positive results using hypnosis for hot flashes, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea from chemotherapy, and faster healing from surgeries.

Dr. Oz has talked about hypnosis and how helpful it is for weight loss. So, slowly it’s becoming more mainstream and understood.

Liat: How does hypnosis help people? What is it good for?

Jamie: In my experience, hypnosis is excellent for overcoming:

  • phobias
  • food cravings
  • difficulties with weight loss
  • stress before a test
  • negative self-talk
  • general stress, and
  • pain/sorrow from a breakup

The one thing that is hard to change through hypnosis is creating a desire to exercise more. So far the best tactic in that regard is find something really, really fun.

Liat: Why is hypnosis so powerful for helping people change?

Jamie: Change for most of us is hard.

Our minds tend to go to default – our usual patterns of thinking and believing. Your subconscious is very powerful so you might as well have it on your team!

Liat: How have you helped some of your clients change?

Jamie: I get super excited about all changes, little and life-altering.

I had a young woman who had a gag reflex every time she tried to eat vegetables. After one session she was eating 20 different veggies and now has even conquered broccoli and sushi! She came in for more reinforcement sessions. I don’t want to imply that it was hypnomagic, but still very exciting!

I had a woman come in for weight management. We were working on cravings. She shared with me that she had been in recovery for years but still had strong cravings for alcohol and would occasionally binge.

One of my techniques was to have her visualize the object of her craving and then in her imagination have it disappear.

In her imagination, she saw a vodka bottle and then she shattered it into a billion pieces.
After that shattering vodka bottle, she never had another craving or binge.

I had another woman come in for illogical jealousy.
She completely trusted her boyfriend but at the mention of an old friend of his she would go crazy. It took many sessions of work together, but she conquered her jealousy and I was invited to her wedding!

Liat: How should people use the audio you’ve made for them?

Jamie: This particular audio would be good to listen to every night before sleep and/or right before you pick up your knitting.

Before sleep, the audio relaxes you, and then your subconscious mind processes the suggestions while you sleep. Experiment with it!

Also, if you find yourself avoiding a project, I would get the project out, listen to the audio, then begin.

Download Your Free “Conquer Your Knitting Fears” Audio

–>  Download the free 6-minute audio here  <–

If you’re ready to overcome your knitting fears, please download the free 6-minute audio by Jamie Johnson of Jamie Johnson Consulting Hypnosis and listen to it before bed. I hope you love it!

Get More Help From Jamie

I value Jamie’s help so much – I know she could help you with anything you are struggling with. She does phone appointments and then just emails you the audio, so if there’s something you need help with, set up a consultation with her!

Disclosure: I’m not getting anything by sending you to Jamie for extra help.
I just believe in her work so much I wanted to share it with you.

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Leave a comment to let me know what you think! Are you going to download the audio? Did you listen to it? Come back and tell us how it went! And please share this post on Facebook or wherever you think it could help people.

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  1. Hey Liat!
    My mom has been a believer in hypnosis pretty much all of my life. She used to have a friend named Gene who would hypnotize her when she was struggling with whatever. She tried to get me to let him hypnotize me to stop smoking. I didn’t trust him so I couldn’t be put under by him. He just gave me the creeps. I don’t know if I could allow anyone to hypnotize me. Trusting someone comes really hard for me to do.

    As far as my knitting fears go, I am not 100% sure that I have specific fears regarding knitting. If I see a project that I want to do, I will try it, read the pattern through, get the yarn needed, swatch for gauge and then go for it. I mess up a thousand times but I do use lifelines religiously, and I know that whatever part of the pattern that I have finished without mistakes is correct under my lifeline. That helps me to keep going. Remember the cardigan that I made for my niece the hot pink one? I hadn’t ever made a cardigan like that, and even though it took me 4 months to complete it I kept at it until I was finished with it. Of course, I had lots of help from you but I did it. Then I made another one for my mom, and I tried to finish one for my aunt, but she passed away before it was finished so she never saw it. I gave it to a good friend of mine cause I just couldn’t look at it without crying. Sometime in the year I will finish the one that I started for me but I put it down so I could make my brother’s afghan and I gave made 1 pair of socks and I’m working on a 2nd pair now. You know maybe I have a knitting fear about doing top down socks. I don’t do them because I hate picking up and knitting the stitches for the gusset and heel. With toe up socks I don’t have that problem. I want to learn Fair Isle, but I haven’t gotten up the nerve to try it. I have been told that I need to learn continental method before I try Fair Isle so that I can use both ways and that would make it easier. I have tried to learn that method, but I havent mastered it yet. I have a lot of patterns that I would love to attend not to mention the books on the subject! Anyway, I really don’t know if I could be hypnotized by anyone. Maybe I will give it a shot just to see if it was just the guy that gave me the creeps or if it was the act itself.

    1. Hi Linda,

      I found your comment fascinating! I agree that you are generally fearless when it comes to your knitting, but you seem to have a big hangup over picking up stitches along the heel flap.

      What’s amazing to me is that this is a process that takes 1-2 minutes. And yet we’ve been messaging for at least a year about how you hate it so much and how many top-down sock patterns you don’t knit just because you don’t want to pick up and knit stitches.

      Not to mention, picking up and knitting is an important skill for other projects, too. There’s nothing bad about it. You just have to get comfortable with it!

      With your knitting skills and experience, this is a technique you can learn to master in no time. I have a video on how to do it which is NOT part of the top-down socks class. Would you be willing to watch it?



      1. Hey Liat!
        You are correct in stating I have a hangup with picking up and knitting stitches. When I knitted all 3 of the Drift cardigans, I had to pick up and knit the button bands. On the first one (the pink one), I had to rip those button bands out twice and on the third try I decided to go up 2 sizes in needles so that the bands would lay flat and not curl. I am sure you remember helping me with that beating! In order to do the pickups, (135 stitches on each side!) I got the brilliant idea to use a crochet hook to do them. My problem with this skill is that when I use my knitting needle and I stick my needle underneath both stitches, I try to grab the working yarn to pull it through and no matter how many tries I do, I cannot successfully pick up the working yarn to pull up the loop. I have been trying to master this skill ever since I started knitting back in 2010. So, needless to say, I have developed a STRONG dislike of the skill. I don’t know how to crochet, and I really don’t want to learn either. I can do a single crochet, but oddly enough i cannot do a provisional cast on. Go figure!! I do not like how the crocheted fabric looks when it is done. I can do Tunisian crochet, and I do like that fabric. I have been told that learning how to knit continental is much easier if you know how to crochet. Ha! I may never learn it. I will watch your video sure. Maybe I will learn an easier way you never know. I am always open to learning new techniques, etc.. Sometimes, I need to get past the fear I may have about the skill. Yes, I know that fear is false evidence appearing real, LOL. I want to learn Fair Isle really badly, and mosaic knitting too, but I don’t know how to carry the floats loosely because I am a tight knitter. I always have been. Thank you for the link! Talk to you soon I hope!

        1. Hi Linda,

          Wow, so this has been a long-standing issue. Well it seems like it’s all that much more important to conquer. I’m wondering if the issue may be the idea of trying to “pick up” the working yarn. Why not just wrap the working yarn around the needle? It’s like a regular knit stitch – you can use your fingers to guide the yarn. You also should probably use your fingers to hold the wrap on the needle while you pull it through the edge stitch.

          And even if you have knit tightly all your life, it doesn’t have to mean that “you are a tight knitter.” Techniques can always be improved. You can watch the video here to get my general suggestions for fixing your tension.

          And you can absolutely knit Fair-Isle! It will probably actually help you improve your tension, because you’ll have to use good technique and be checking your floats until your hands get into the right habits.


  2. It’s been a very long time since I’ve even thought about guided relaxation (that used to help me deal with stress in a healthy way, instead of internalizing stress creating migraines, hypertension, and even panic attacks.
    I recently noticed bad habits have snuck back into my life. Your newsletter today is really welcome. Thank you,

    1. Wow Yvonne,
      I love hearing that this helped you! I can totally relate to bad habits sneaking back in. We can’t always be super-vigilant, sometimes it’s right to just live life and trust the process, but it’s also great to check back in and get a tune-up when things start getting overwhelming or stressful – especially repeated scenarios.
      Big hugs to you,

  3. Liat, thank you for this.
    Hypnosis has helped me overcome some issues that were real stumbling blocks for me. But as for my worst knitting fear, I don’t know how to address it via hypnosis…my worst knitting fear, which is what stopped me from even attempting to learn to knit for years, is that I’m afraid I will run out of motivation to finish a project. I have learnt to knit now, largely to you, but there’s still that huge fear that I’ll never finish my cardigan I’ve started (and not touched for months bc the yarn was catching on my dry fingers despite loads of different creams). It’s the Shalom cardigan on ravelry and it hasn’t even got sleeves!

  4. Dear Liat, thankyou for posting the hypnosis session. You have given so many people a gift -using your own personal story, exposure to self healing practices and your open heart. People don’t know how well self-hypnosis and meditation works and you’ve provided a simple no fear example that makes people comfortable with at least trying it. I just had to write you when I’ve read some of your blogs and feel we are kindred spirits in wanting to help people who are struggling with something. In reading about you I was impressed that one of your single desires is to “just help people knit.” As an RN my focus is for people not feel alone when they are struggling with something in their life. To feel someone has their back until they can do it for themselves. (not so glamoursly put but that is it in a nut shell. ) I am a psychiatric Nurse , a Biofeedback Thereapist and feel kind of driven to provide support so in the long run people will be able to help themselves. Feeling option less is such a fearful place to be. People don’t know what they don’t know! I use Holistic healing practices, biofeedback and self-hypnosis for dealing with emotions. I also use a technique called EFT- Emotional Freedom Technique. Believe me, I am not recieving any money or whatever for writing about this. I just really want you to know of another very effective technique. Its another simple technique using bio-energy and your mind to make change. I wouldn’t even write to you if I didn’t think it was useful. It uses accupressure points. Thought field therapy, EFT etc used to be very expensive to learn and an engineer Gary Craig posted the techinque on line so people can have the knowledge for free. If you’ve ever heard of EMDR- eye movement desinsitation – it has many similar ways in common. It is used by therapists to help with PTSD symptoms. I have my problems and this is what I have come up with. As the guy in the Hair Club commercial- I too am a client. At work I say to patients that think we as staff do so well and that they feel they can’t cope. You never know who should be behind or in front of the nursing desk. You don’t have to post this, I wrote it for you. Positive thoughts- (becasue I need them , too!) , Arlene
    BYW- I could not wrap my mind around how to do heels on a sock. Your technique has been so wonderful in helping me finally to complete a whole sock. You cannot imagine how much this has helped me. Really wonderful.

    1. Hi Arlene,

      Thank you so much for sharing so much wonderful information . It’s always good to know we’re not alone.

      And I’m so glad that I could help you work through your first whole sock. Keep up the great work!

  5. After many years of not knitting, I have finally gotten back into it. The patterns I’ve been finding lately look quite difficult to manage. In the past I had mad sweaters, but they seemed so easy then. I can make afghans and scarves and shawls, but the fear of making a garment and oh yes, socks with heels, I’m on hold.
    I love to crochet and knit, so I’m not stopping and hope to continue on my learning journey.

    1. Caryn, I’m happy to hear that you’re getting back into knitting. I can totally understand being a little nervous about new patterns, but I do hope that you decide to give them a try.

      There’s lots of help here and on the KNITFreedom Forum on Ravelry to help you when you get stuck – or just to give you a little encouragement along the way.

      Happy Knitting!

  6. Great post, Liat! I haven’t been around Knitfreedom (or any other Web site) for a while since I had a baby and was/am pretty busy, you really amazed me with your words. I downloaded the audio, will comment soon.
    Thanks :)

  7. Funny story. Several years ago I went to a comedy hypnotist show and the hypnotist made two girls forget the number 7, so that they thought they had 11 fingers. The next day I was teaching Sunday school about the 12 apostles, and writing their names down on the board. For some reason, I couldn’t figure out why I was short one apostle, until the kids yelled, “You forgot 7!”

  8. I swear this worked more on the anxiety attacks I had been having for the past few hours than any anxiety about knitting (I’m not a very anxious knitter). I can’t thank you enough for sharing this. I feel relaxed and calm and I am breathing now. I know I can select a Christmas sweater to knit for my daughter without getting stressed. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!!

  9. I have used hypnotherapy for helping to relax and fall asleep when the weight of the world seemed to keep me lying awake for hours at night. I found it very helpful and have recommended it to others. Someone asked me once how long the audio file was, and I had to laugh, I had never, ever heard the end. I was usually asleep peacefully by the time it got to relaxing the shoulders and arms…I will definitely listen to the one for knitting. I am afraid the wake up one is too late for me… I have to be up by 5:40AM to be at work by 7AM. Thanks for all you do!!

  10. Well Liat, once again your help and insite has helped me! I listened to the recording for about 3 nights in a row. I needed to undo the bind off on a pair of socks I just finished but didn’t have the confidence to do it. After listening to the recordings I just gave it a try and voila, success. I kept telling myself that it would be too difficult for me and I would mess up the new bind off I just learned. I calmly tinked the bind off out and redid it LOOSELY and it turned out great! Thanks for the audio. You are an angel! P.s. I’m thinking about contacting her for some help in other areas of my life too!

  11. Liat – Thank you for sharing the fears and struggles you have dealt with. This is such an AMAZING thing to do for your readers. I am going to listen to this audio to see what it’s like. I’ve always been curious about hypnotism, especially because my doctor mentioned that it could help with my chronic pain.
    Your dedication to providing such incredible value to your people is inspiring. Keep it up. <3

  12. Liat, I really appreciated your sharing your problem with us. It was very courageous of you! And thank you for the gift of the knitting audio. What a wonderful gift it is and you are!

  13. Thank you, Liat, for such a wonderful post; it was humbling to read. And thanks for being so open and for modeling vulnerability. I reached out to Jamie and scheduled an appointment. What an absolutely wonderful experience. Thank you, thank you. If it handn’t been for your post, I would’ve likely never heard about her. I encourage interested readers to reach out to Jamie. You will not be disappointed.

  14. I think people fear change because they don’t want to learn something new (fear of failure) and as human beings, we all have our lazy side (fear of work). But there is another fear which is positive, the fear of wasting one’s life and not experiencing wonderful things because of being afraid to try new things. Not all fears are phobias (negative fears) the last “fear” really is more a wise apprehension. It is the “ah-ha” moment. In our culture, we are programmed in many ways and this programming means we don’t have to think, solve our own problems. In knitting, if you are to succeed and finish project, you must become a problem solver. When I can’t solve a problem, it is usually because I am tired. Pushing past the tiredness is not wise, patience to know when to take a breather, is hard for me. I handle my problems with prayer.

  15. Thank you! Your post was just what I needed “today”. I have downloaded it and look “forward” to making some changes that I know that are stumbling blocks for me. A sincere thank you!

  16. Thank you Liat, for sharing your story and to Jamie for providing a session to help us with knitting fears. I am a firm believer in hypnosis, as it helped me to stop smoking. I listened to the audio and already my outlook is better! I will continue to listen and reinforce the concept if you change your mind, you change your life!

  17. I'd rather not say who I am

    OMG – I have that exact same problem! With me, I pick at my lip until it bleeds. I have occasionally wondered if hypnotherapy would help, but haven’t had the … nerve?… to actually ask anyone. Now I know it can help, I’ll definitely give it a try! It’s time to end this 50-year habit!

    1. I really encourage you to make an appointment with Jamie. I also picked my lips – for over twenty years. When I read Liat’s post, I had renewed hope. I had a wonderful phone consultation with Jamie, and she created a personalized audio file for me. This has been the most amazing, healing, incredible experience. Jamie made it possible for me to heal my lips! I am so grateful to Jamie, and of course, to Liat, for her courage and generosity in sharing her personal story (and very appreciative for the wonderful knitting audio file gift from Jamie and Liat too). Thank you so very, very much Liat. Please do not hesitate to contact Jamie for this or another change you want to make in your life.

  18. The very day I found your blog I felt like I had struck gold and I ordered your e-book, How to be a Knitting Superstar. As I read the first several emails from you, Liat, it came to me that the Buddha was in your knitting and I emailed you to share that with you. I was pleasantly surprised to receive such a loving response from you. Life happened and I was not able to open any of your emails for almost 3 months, until today. I am sitting here in a pool of such grateful and happy tears able to tell you that you have just given me a precious gift, the gift of help with some issues for which I have felt so burdened. Just minutes before I sat down to check my emails, I was pleading for someone to appear in my life who could help me. And You appeared! And with just the perfect answer. I will be contacting Jamie as soon as I send this reply to you. Knitting – who would have guessed it would be so life-changing! Thank you, Liat.

    1. Diane, your comment moved me so much. I am so grateful that you reached out and shared this with me – I had no idea I was able to help you at such a tough time. I’m so glad you opened the email – I KNOW Jamie can help you. I love you!

  19. Liat, You are amazing. I would never have considered this as a way to conquer my knitting fears. I have many socks and shawls I bought supplies and patterns for, and they sit in my boxes languishing away. Thank you for the great idea and I hope to try this tonight. Thank you!!

    1. Hooray! Thanks for being open to this idea. I knew it was definitely out-of-the-box thinking, but I had a feeling my dear readers would see it for the exciting possibility that it is. Good luck and happy knitting! Hugs.

  20. Thank you so much, Liat! You are so amazing. My knitting hero and friend. I am wanting to make a sweater…..have the yarn, pattern, needles, notions…..Now I believe I can come up with the relaxation and fearlessness to begin. And of course I always know I have your special videos and instruction to help me through too! Thanks to Jamie too!

  21. I downloaded the audio and want to thank you for sharing something that worked for you. This has prompted me to think about what I could ask Jamie’s help on outside of knitting, too. It was really helpful to see that it doesn’t help with exercise…but I could use it for my writing. Thank you for your generosity – and Jamie’s – in sharing this.

  22. What a lovely idea and you are so generous to share with us. I will try it soon – I use knitting as a kind of meditation anyway so using this audio to relax even more will be awesome. I have a couple of different knitting problems that need to be addressed, not to mention other personal issues. Thank you Liat!

  23. As Mr. Rogers used to say, “Would you be mine, could you be mine, won’t you be my neighbor?” I would kill to have you living near me, not only for your amazing knowledge, but for your generosity and thoughtfulness and great sense of humor. I have never finished a project that did not end in a rectangle, though I have knit pieces to umpteen different sweaters, even in lace, only to pull them out, because I’m afraid to seam them, and my tension never looks “perfect.” (Yes, I supposed blocking would help, but I have yet to try that.) I cannot wait to try this out! And if you ever feel inclined to share the “get your tail out of bed” audio, I, for one, would be thrilled! :)

    1. Cherie, you are too funny! You are SO ready to knit more than a rectangle, even if you have to go bit by bit. I hope you try the audio while thinking of your fears of seaming! It’s a fear that a lot of knitters share. Also, I have lots of videos on seaming! I know you can do it.

      As far as my “get-out-of-bed” audio goes, it’s kind of specific to me and my routine… but I’ll email it to you if you want to try it out!

  24. What a wonderful gift you gave us!! It was so relaxing and comforting! I downloaded it and will be using it over and over!! It’s wonderful!!!!!

  25. I’ve got lot’s of things to use this for…thanks for sharing your knowledge again. As far as knitting goes, I have fear of blocking and sewing pieces together…thus several unfinished knitted sweaters. That’s the first use for me.

  26. Patricia McMullen

    I downloaded the audio file to my iPhone. I plan to listen to it in the early morning for a few days and see how it effects me. I have had a lot of experience with guided imagery as a musical performer – it can really work, but have never tried it with my personal life.

  27. I used guided imagery for years and it helped me a lot. Although it’s been 5 or 6 years whenever I feel stressed and need to relax I just listen in my head to the first few bars of the background music of my tapes and can feel my body loosen up and a smile come to my face. This post has inspired me to transfer the tape (yes, actual cassette tape!) to an i-player so I can listen again to the whole thing at the bad times. And yes, I’m downloading this too — sometimes I’ve just overwhelmed by the 4 or more projects going on in dribs and drabs and depressing me. Thanks for thinking of us and to Jamie for providing it to us.

  28. I have just downloaded it, so I haven’t listened to it yet, but it sounds as if it would help with al lot of different problems one would have. Thank you so much for thinking of all of us. I’ll try to report back on the results.

  29. What a sweetie to think of us as some of us stumble along on our journey deeper and deeper into the knitting forest.
    Thank you again and again….Juice

  30. Liat, I’ve told you this before, I learned of you early in your online career, and am so proud of you and how far you’ve come in such a short time. Offering an audio of this type says a lot of nice things about you. I haven’t listened to it yet, but will later tonight. Hopefully it will help me be more creative, as I am always afraid of changing the pattern directions. ie needle size, yarn, etc. I am very creative in my work life and get paid well for it, but I want to feel free to be me when I knit!

    1. Yes, you do deserve to feel free and creative when you knit – not only at work! I also sometimes have a creativity imbalance between my work and personal life – thank God for my little nephews who love to knit and always want to do it with me. That helps me bring my love for knitting and helping people into my personal life, and not just on the computer! I really hope you listen to the audio and enjoy it.

  31. I am going to download this and will faithfully use it. I am also one that has lots of projects that I’d love to do but lack the confidence to even start. I have knitted a teddy bear, sent a picture to the designer and she was blown away. I have a lot of request from friends and family to make them once.. have been given many books of toys and various other patterns that friends would love to see me make. I am sincerely afraid that nothing I can make is going to be as good as that bear. I know this is silly, that I should get over it, but I look and even start projects. I just can’t finish anything!! I am so hoping that this will help. Oh I’d love to know how much she charges, I’m on a fixed income but would love to see if she could help with a few other issues.

    1. Yes!! This is exactly why we made this audio. I know she can help you! And her prices are incredibly reasonable. I think the phone consultation bit is free, so you can ask her first if she thinks she can help you. Your story about the knitted bear reminds me of Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird. She had so much success with her first book that she never wrote anything again – no doubt because of the fear of not being as good as everyone thought she was. I really would love to know if this audio helps you!

  32. I’m getting ready to start on my first sweater, so this is perfect timing! I know I will listen to it many times throughout the process. Thanks!

  33. I soo need the adio for waking up. I too work ay 9:00 am and find it soo hard to wake up i am usually late :-( i wish i had that audio clip you mentioned liat

  34. Thank you so much. I have always been terrified of color work. I will be conquering that fear with the help of Jamie (and you for providing the information).

  35. I’ve already listened to just the beginning and my husband came walking through the living room. He started laughing and I shared with him the other areas in which Jamie has helped people and suggested that maybe she could help him with his sleeping issue. You know how men are about asking for help, we’ll see!

    Thanks for being open about your situations, Liat. I appreciate women, (and men) that are not afraid to share their challenges in life, because we know we all have them, it just depends on how willing we are to be vulnerable.

    1. Haha yes, I know. I hope he becomes open to the idea, especially if it helps you with your knitting and you share that with him! I know how hard it is for men especially to ask for help, but they deserve it as much as anyone. Let us know how this story pans out!

  36. I admire lace shawls so much, but I’m afraid to tackle one. I also have an unnatural craving for Lifesaver Wint O Green mints!! Like a 1/2 bag a day habit. Anyway, thanks for sharing, I never even thought that a hypnotist may be able to help!!

    1. Haha that is a lot of mints! I KNOW Jamie will be able to help you, and you’ll have a great time doing the visualization work with her.

      What I love about her is that she helps you change whatever you want to work on, even if you think it might seem silly, like picking your skin or eating a half bag of mints a day! It doesn’t have to be something like quitting smoking. She takes each problem seriously and is amazing at helping you just obliterate those old habits. I hope you give her a call!

  37. What a lovely thing to do for your knitting students! I have referred patients to a clinical hypnotherapist and do believe this is a great resource for help.

    1. Thanks! I wasn’t sure if people were going to think it was kooky, but I thought it was worth it just to see if I could help even one person. Thanks for your encouragement!

  38. I work with a clinical hypnotherapist. She has excellent results with her patients. I will try this. Hopefully it will help with me knitting continental … I knit English but after a while my shoulders and hands start hurting. I have difficulties knitting the continental way. Wish me luck.

  39. I’m afraid to try a sweater! I’m going to listen to Jamie’s audio and see what it does for me. I’ll let you know. :) Thanks for sharing!

  40. I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist myself and I help a large number of people however I never thought to use it to help people overcome blocks to knitting. I will have to give it a try. Thanks for posting this and I hope Jamie’s business booms!

    Joy Borthwick C.H. H.C. CHt

  41. Jamie’s 6 minutes brought me to such a beautiful place and gave me such a wonderful relaxed feeling. It was hard to leave that place. Liat… how can I thank you for sharing Her with us. Thank you again for caring to help us make the most of our knitting time, our knitting projects. SUPER FANTASTIC !!!!! I’m so glad I found your link. It’s been such a change of life for me. I love sharing you with all my friends knowing they are going to benefit like I am.
    Keep up being who you are, and bringing the best of who you are to us. Actually, I’ll take not only the best of you… I’M JUST ENTHRALLED IN ALL OF YOU. ;) :) I’m keeping Jamie’s link in your folder too, so I’ll be able to reach her when I want. I know you are going to get tons of happy emails. CIAO BELLA MIA….

    1. Louise, I’m overjoyed you loved the relaxing audio, and I feel so loved by your sweet comment! Thank you my dear, for being such a loyal and appreciative student! {{hugs!}}

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