Good technique is over rated - discuss. In particular, I thought this comment was interesting:
"I think about this a lot. It bugs me because I think that the idea of needing to have "good technique" is such a discouraging one, especially when you are learning."
Good technique always sparks an interesting debate because as a teacher of knitting and as a knitter I would argue both sides. You see, there is nothing more rewarding than watching the hands of your pupils, old and young to struggle, knot and complete beautiful twists and stitches on their needles. There is a certain satisfaction watching someone keen to learn who just does not give up over a fumble here and there. Even though I demonstrate "traditional technique", I encourage people to find what is comfortable for them. Yet, as a knitter who wants to make wearable items but also one who currently studies the art, I understand the frustration of imperfection as time and projects go by with little to no change in outcomes despite all the practice. I knit everyday. (well, as of 10 weeks ago, I knit everyday - see last blog post on this topic!) Which technically means I'm 'practicing' knitting everyday. The thing is, if practice is not a conscious effort then technique may slip out the window and never evolve. Perhaps I am speaking from experience but I'll never tell. So, as a knitter, I strive to use "traditional/good techniques", to master them and on the whole always make improvements to my work.
Thank you to The Craft Sessions for this opportunity to discuss the topic!