Hope everyone had a great 4th of July -- even if you aren't an American celebrating. :) I spent most of the day at the Waterfront Blues Festival volunteering with the food bank, who is the beneficiary of the event. Good stuff. :)
Today, I have a question for you: How do you gauge a knitter's proficiency?
Yes, it's a gauge question, but this time you don't have to frog anything and there really isn't any one right answer. :)
I'm really curious what you think about this. I mean, once you learn to knit, when do you cease being a beginner and move towards proficiency? Is there some demarkation based on number of FOs, or types of objects, or range/variety of stitch patterns? Or is it a calendar thing wherein you can't be considered proficient until you've put in X amount of hours/days/years of knitting on a regular basis?
I consider myself a decent knitter, although I have yet to knit a sweater for myself. Does that mean I'm not proficient yet? Or does the fact that I've knit several lace shawls and pairs of socks and can work cables without a cable needle make me proficient? I know I still have things to learn, but I also know that when I get together with other knitters, I'm sometimes surprised that I actually have knowledge about some things that I can share with them, too.
Personally, I sort of knew I'd "arrived" when I accidentally slid about 22 stitches off the needle while working on my feather and fan stole. I watched in horror as the slippery rayon yarn unraveled several rows. Once I collected myself a bit, after thoroughly scarring the cat with my shrieks, I sat down and figured out how to repair it. I managed to get all the stitches back where they belonged in the lace pattern. And once the stole was finished, I couldn't tell where the mishap had occurred. To me, that was the lightbulb moment that said I had become a "real" knitter.
So, friends, how do you determine whether a knitter is proficient? Please give me your thoughts.
Oh, on the knitting front, I'm almost finished with the striped socks and have only a couple of rows of edging and some seaming to do on the test knit item I'm working on. For the Mystery Stole, I've reached row 71 and expect to finish Clue 1 today, unless work gets crazy again. In any case, I'm roughly on target.
Pictures soon! :)