How To Overcome Your Knitting Fears

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!

By the way, if you're curious about what a hypnosis audio sounds like, here's a 90-second clip:

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

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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.


73 thoughts on “How To Overcome Your Knitting Fears”

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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 :)

  5. 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!”

  6. 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!!!

  7. 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!!

  8. 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!

  9. 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

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