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Toss out those unhelpful "rules"

As I started working through my WIPs for the WIP Quest challenge, I realized something that had been holding me back from working on one of my projects: I had created a "rule" for myself and this project went against that rule so I felt like working on the project didn't count or was breaking the rule and therefore I shouldn't really be working on it.

And you know what? The rule isn't a rule at all. It's something I imposed on myself that has no basis for being a hard and fast rule. It's a rule that is perfectly okay to break! (Basically, I have a knitting life goal of knitting all of this one designer's beaded shawl patterns out of this one yarn dyer's gradient yarns and here I was knitting that designer's shawl with another dyer's yarn. The horror!) Once I realized how silly that "rule" was and that this project is gorgeous and well deserving of being worked on, I was able to move on and get more work done on that project--and enjoy working on it!

So it made me wonder what other knitting/crocheting/crafting rules we make for ourselves that impede our progress on our projects. Which of those rules are really rules you should stick to and which ones are a bit silly and shouldn't be held so rigidly?

Maybe you make deals with yourself ("I can't work on this awesome project until I work on the not-awesome project for 30 minutes.") or you tell yourself that you can only work on a specific project at a specific time or place ("I can only work on this beaded lace shawl while sitting in this chair when I have three hours of uninterrupted knitting time.") Maybe it's even something like "I tried mosaic knitting three years ago and it was awful so I'm never going to do that again." 

So I'd like you to do something over the next few weeks. Get out a piece of paper or a notebook. Every time you have a thought run through your head about your crafting along the lines of "I must" or "I need to" or "I have to" or "I should," write it down. (Never and always statement are also good indicators that you've created a "rule.") Think about whether or not this is an arbitrary rule that you've created for your crafting that ultimately doesn't need to be a rule. Then go break that rule. Don't just tell yourself that it's okay. Go break the rule. Rebel! And feel good about it. After all, most of us are knitting or crocheting because it's something we love to do. And why should we put limits on it?

What "rules" have you created for your crafting that you're now planning to break?



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