Getting Turned Inside Out… In More Ways Than One

Funny photo of a woman with an inside-out umbrella

When your Magic Loop knitting gets turned inside out

When you are new to knitting in the round, you can accidentally turn your work inside out - you'll know this because you'll start seeing the wrong side of your knitting come out the tops of the needles.

This can really confuse a lot of knitters! Don't worry, you didn't do anything wrong. Just watch the video to see if you've accidentally turned your knitting inside-out, and a REALLY easy fix for it if you have.

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Turned Inside Out, Magic Loop

Getting turned inside out in life

...is sometimes a little harder to notice. But I wanted to share with you my personal experience of this recently, as it relates to KnitFreedom, this blog, and the changes that have been going on of late.

I know you all have noticed a drop-off in helpful knitting posts, and an increase in promotional posts, sales pages, and publicity notifications. That's not what I want my blog to be, but I somehow got off track. I think the perfectionist in me is partly responsible.

Working hard!

I've been working so hard on KnitFreedom as a business - learning how to make this new website, trying to create new products, trying to answer everyone's questions, that this kind of thing has consumed all my time!

But, since it's not "videos, tips, and tricks for intermediate knitters," I haven't blogged about it.

Leaving a gaping void. I am committed to sticking to the scope of this blog, but I can't leave who I am out of it!

The entire experience of creating this site, and trying to make it so I can support myself doing what I do best (teaching knitting), has an effect on my life, too. And I know you, my gentle readers, care about me, just like I care about you.

Happy sketch

So I have decided to open up a little more personally, if only so that it takes the pressure off and actually lets me blog.

I can't leave the lessons of my life out of this endeavor - it's too hard to separate them.

So I will be bringing you videos, and tips, and trick, and will work my hardest to make KnitFreedom.com the best online resource for knitters out there. And I will include my story along the way.

Which brings me to a big issue - this legwarmer kit/shopping cart/store. And getting a little inside out.

What happened was, I got scared. Christmas is coming, I wanted to have something for you all, but I didn't listen to what you wanted - I listened to what my friends told me would be cool. "Knitting kits would be so cool!" they said. "It makes perfect sense!"

And so, for the last couple weeks, instead of blogging, instead of working on all the video courses you've been requesting from me (Double Knitting, Moebius Knitting, Custom-Fitted Sweaters, etc etc), I've been ordering yarn and building a shopping cart!

Shopping Online

Whoa! All of a sudden, I went from having an established, well-researched business plan, based on my strengths, my competition, and the opportunities I saw, to competing with hundreds of other yarns stores out there, having to buy minimum orders of supplies, and spending hundreds of dollars just to stock the supplies for this one product.

I strayed from my plan and my strengths.

Luckily, I had my eyes open. Instead of freaking out when no one ordered the kits, I calmly thought, "I need to do something different. I need to listen to my students - my customers."

I've already set the wheels in motion to return the yarn, the needles, and the buttons, and as you may have noticed, the KnitFreedom store has disappeared from the menu.

It's time for me to get back to creating videos for you. There are hundreds that I want to film! Thank you so much for sticking with me as I experimented with this - I value you, my readers and students more than anything. You are enabling me to do what I do best.

Right now, I'm concentrating on improving the site, so that everyone can find what they're looking for. I'm also developing ways for people to take the video classes without having to download anything. I'll be posting at least once a week again - and I'm so excited.
Bodhi knitting in the bath

A little note by my computer says, "Joy is the essence of success."
So let's get back to it!

Related Post: How Knitting Rescued Me, and a Knitted Christmas Ornament
Check out some of the improvements I was talking about: Knitting Videos page

If you liked this article on my personal journey, post in the comments.

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12 thoughts on “Getting Turned Inside Out… In More Ways Than One”

  1. Life, just like knitting, is a learning process with ups, downs and twists and turns. You’re on the right track, listening to your heart and doing what you love. Sharing who you are is as wonderful a gift as sharing your passion and knowledge of knitting. Your enthusiasm and passion shines through in your videos, posts and beautiful creations. Just follow your heart Liat – you are doing a fabulous job here <3

  2. Hey, Liat!
    Thanks for sharing with us all your adventures as you figure out the path that your business will take. Its easy to see all the possibilities in something that you are so passionate about. While it might have been a great idea that really flew well, I like the fact that you are willing to reign yourself back in and focus on what the initial purpose of your blog is. Branching out into retail is very hard, and takes a big investment in time and money and marketing as you know! I’m glad you chose to focus back in, and proud of you for being willing, after ALL the hard work you did, to say, whoops! Thats not what I should be doing right now.
    I love what you do, and thanks for sharing it with us!

    1. Thank you so much, Kate! I’m so glad for your support. Your blog has been an inspiration to me for years and I’m lucky to have such a great example.

  3. I just found you yesterday, and I love you already! What a great post! I love reading about you and I love reading about knitting. :)

    AND, this post had perfect timing. I just started my first sock two days ago (I’m using your pattern and your video but making one at a time this first time around–magic loop is fantastic), and I have noticed I’m inside out, but I’m still a little confused. Somehow, my toes are right side out, and the rest of the sock is inside out. If I flip it right side out, the main part of the sock (I’m on the gusset right now) will be right, but my working yarn will then be on the back needle instead of the front needle.

    Since I’m confused and I don’t want to stop knitting, I’ve decided to just keep going with it inside out. I’m not really worried if it looks weird this first time around–I just started learning how to knit this Halloween, so I have low expectations. :) I’m just wondering what I did so I can fix it next time around (or perhaps knit the toes inside out and the rest right side out for my matching sock!!).

    Thank you for your website. You’re terrific!!

    Mari

    1. Thank you so much, Mari! What a delightful comment!

      As far as your sock being inside-out… the yarn is SUPPOSED to be on the back needle. Always. I think what happened is that at some point in the sock, you didn’t come back to ready position before you started knitting. I have made a video on it and will post it up on the blog just for you! See today’s post.

  4. Wow! You made a booboo and you’ve done what a lot of people couldn’t do if their lives depended on it — you admitted it! So proud of you for that!
    And, you’ve shown us that sometimes life needs tinking, not just knitting!
    You’re doing what you love, and it really comes across in your videos and writing!
    Keep up the wonderfully insightful work, and I plan on learning a lot from you

    Robyn & Zoo

    1. Aw, Robin, thank you so much for your support! I’m happy I got back on track so quickly. I like to think of my ill-advised foray into retail as a two-week seminar I signed up for that only cost a few hundred bucks and helped me focus on my goals like never before. :) It was just a little nontraditional.
      Thanks for commenting! Hugs to you.

  5. I am also knew to your site and I find your comments refreshing and your tips very helpful. I have just finished my first top down magic loop sock, and the matching sock is ready for toe rounding. I want to share my thoughts on your business moves of December. You are doing exactly what you needed to and in business you must think about the next move and it seemed perfectly reasonable to go in the direction you were going. The ability to course correct and regroup is critical, and you have done that . I will be watching to see your next moves….thing forward “what do I want my knitting business to look like at the end of 2011 and what do we do well now? How can I build on that strength and reach my goals?”

    Thanks for sharing your energy – it is clear and contagious. build on that.

    Knit on…
    maria from Pacifica California

    1. Maria, thank you so much for your encouragement! I love your advice for envisioning the path for 2011 -“What do I want my knitting business to look like at the end of 2011?”

      I envision at least 7 more e-books for sale, as well as DVDs of each class, a complete”Home Knitting Course”e-book, and a book deal with a publisher. I also envision myself spending less time answering emails and more time making knitting videos! I’d like to have 100 new free videos up on KNITFreedom.com. I see KNITFreedom coming up on the first page of Google for”Magic Loop”and”Continental Knitting.”

      Thank you for helping me be specific and focus on that! I’ve never made my goals public like this before. I’m going to enjoy coming back here later in the year!

  6. LOL…so great Liat…..I did this way too many times while learning to knit socks. ..especially near the gussett area~yea, not sure how to explain that one…but then here goes everyone ***The Queen of Knitting E-Books*** saved the day…wait the years….with her amazing learn to knit socks e-book!! Thanks again, Liat!!

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