I spent most of Friday stitching together and weaving in the ends of my Rainbow Cardigan. I was excited to be meeting my goal of finishing by the end of the month, but dreading the tedious task of sewing the pieces all together. Sewing is my least favorite thing to do, so I try to find projects that are mostly knit in the round, but I had no such luck with this project.
While I was working on the second sleeve, I noticed that it wasn't matching the first sleeve and I had some extra fabric that I wasn't sure what to do with. I realized that I was doing something wrong and needed to un-attach the sleeve and try again. In the process of taking out the mattress stitch, I accidentally started undoing the sleeve bind off. In this moment, I started to worry that I had ruined the whole thing and all my hard work was for nothing. As I spiraled down into despair, I found myself saying the same phrase to my self over and over again that brought me back out of my panic. It's going to be ok.
As you can see, I did not ruin the cardigan.
That simple phrase helped me work through a difficult task, and as makers I believe we often use similar techniques to get through our projects. Otherwise, I don't think we would make very much. And this is where the mindfulness of the maker can be applied to our real world. We have the power to reassure ourselves in difficult situations that are not yarn related. This week, I encourage you to tell yourself that it's going to be ok. You don't have to have something specific in mind, just say it everyday. You might be surprised how much better you will feel.