Not to keep going on and on about the fact that I met the Mason-Dixon knitters awhile back, but one of the things they talked about that weekend that really hit me is the idea that so many of us our trying to "win knitting," that is, we want to take on every knitting challenge -- lace shawls, Alice Starmore-style colorwork, toe-up, cabled, colorwork socks knit two at a time, whatever -- rather than just relaxing and enjoying the process and the product that comes from it.
I know that sometimes I feel a little guilty about the things I've never knit -- like a fancy lace shawl, for instance -- but after a little book-related burnout this winter I'm trying to remember that I knit for myself as much as I knit for you and I should be enjoying what I'm making, too (which somewhat explains the lack of fresh patterns lately. I've been knitting some just for me stuff, and frankly not finishing a lot of my original things right now. But that will change soon.)
All of this is quite the rambling introduction to two more knitters who see the value in relaxing into our craft: Vicki Stiefel and Lisa Souza. Their book 10 Secrets of the Laidback Knitters explores ways that we can become better knitters, yes, but also more open to what knitting is trying to teach us and more holistic in our approach to knitting. Knitting has a lot to teach us about life (and vice-versa) if only we slow down enough to listen. So pick up this book, find yourself a wise woman, learn about fiber and maybe even think about learning how to crochet! It will all enhance your knitting experience.