Take This (Knitting) Job and SHOVE IT!



I worked on a cowl for the last two nights.  It is seed stitch – Knit 1, Purl 1, on straight needles, divided over an odd number of rows, so the stitches alternate with each row. Easy knitting. (Knitters will understand this . . . if you’re not a knitter, don’t worry, there’s still something to be shared with you here.)

Except, I’ve had a bit of stress at work lately, and I’ve also had my mind on a lot of things other than knitting–for example, my health . . . so my stitches don’t always go the way they should. Well, no.  That stuff is just an excuse.  The truth: I’m not a perfect knitter, so my stitches always don’t go the way they should, even when life is a joy.

Confession made.

So, taking into consideration that I’m not a perfect knitter, add to this that I’m working crazy hard to have enough hand-knits ready to sell at a craft fair in December, 2015.  As I finish what I knit, I’m putting the finished objects on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SimplyHeavenKnits

Why just let my finishes pieces sit here, all alone, and no where to go?  Maybe I’ll be blessed with a buyer to two in the meantime! Also, I am knitting the cowl on size US 19 needles (definition: HUGE, clumsy needles), with two strands of worsted weight yarn held together.

No big deal, or so I thought.  Except that it is harder for me to work with large needles than small ones, and two strands are not as easy as one.  Large needles are supposed to make knitting go faster because the stitches are larger, but as much as I enjoy knitting with them, it isn’t faster for me.

The December craft show has me feeling happy and excited–I love knitting for it, but it is also a challenge.  I have quotas I’ve set for myself (at least two finished items per week), and I have a lot of knitting to do between now and then, so any little setback is not a little setback.  It is a BIG setback.

And this cowl was driving me crazy.

Tonight, I worked on a row that, no matter what I did, I came out ending in a Purl 1 when it should have ended in a Knit 1.  I’d get to two stitches before the end of the row, see that the count wasn’t going to come out right and have the same problem, rip back, knit again, rip back, knit again, again, again, again.

I know how to read my knitting, but with the larger stitches, I didn’t always see them as I should, and I think I was counting one double strand as two, so my stitch count kept coming out right . . . but, I’d still end up wrong.

So, I kept knitting back, and knitting back, and knitting back . . . I finally got to where I said forget it.  I told myself I was going to make a smaller cowl and finish the row, in all its imperfection, bind off, and not offer it for sale.

And as I did, I had to knit those last two stitches, only to find that the last two stitches were actually three stitches tied together with the loops a little entangled.

In other words, my knitting had been right all along!

Moral?  Oh, I don’t know.  Make up your own.  There are countless lessons found in every mistake, and every mistake means to teach a person only what that person is meant to learn.

For me:  Trust yourself despite your mistakes.  Never turn back, and keep going until the end.

I love the lessons knitting brings, even when I want to tear my hair out.

Love to all,


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