Knitting as a Metaphor for Life
Sometimes, I get sucked into knitting something . . . that I really don't want to knit.
Usually, I can tell right away that the "fit" isn't quite right with my mood or my mindset.
The colors aren't working.
The yarn doesn't feel right.
Knitting is a chore. . . rather than a pleasant release.
Sometimes a little change or tweak will make the situation better.
A different color.
Sometimes a whole new pattern.
But sometimes, even with tweaks, I can tell that things are not right.
Not fully buying-in.
Unresolved underlying issues.
Now, other people might take a look at my project and think I'm nuts. They might even think that I've got a perfect project going.
Why would she not want to finish?
What is she complaining about?
I'd take that in a minute!
But, you see, knitting projects get complicated sometimes. (And I'm not talking about the instructions!) Sometimes there is just more to it than . . . knits and purls.
Sometimes, you have to realize that the project just ain't right!
Sometimes, you have to walk away.
Even if you've made a commitment to the project. And even if you've already spent much of your precious time working on it.
Because . . . life . . . is too short . . . to knit bad projects.
Or to get yourself stuck in a bad situation, for that matter.
Because Knitting . . . is a lot like Life.
The trick is to know when to rip.
Ravello? I've swatched twice and not gotten gauge. I do like the colors but understand the bad juju! ;-)
Posted by: Patty | 11/05/2014 at 07:30 AM
Like you said...I think it looks good. But I understand where you are coming from. I'm knitting a baby sweater where the yarn just didn't like the pattern. Rip! Thankfully I found a pattern the yarn does like. :)
Posted by: Marilyn | 11/05/2014 at 08:28 AM
That's just it, life is too short to knit something you don't love just as life is too short to read bad books. There are too many bad sweaters in my cupboard (or at goodwill) because I was sucked in. Just.don't.do.it. Knit what speaks to you. RIP!
Posted by: margene | 11/05/2014 at 08:36 AM
There is alot of wisdom written down here.
Posted by: claudia | 11/05/2014 at 08:38 AM
I love your words of wisdom! That feeling of having a weight lifted after I've ripped is wonderful confirmation that my decision was correct. Life can be a bit more complicated, but you're absolutely right that the trick is knowing when to rip!
Posted by: Bonny | 11/05/2014 at 08:43 AM
Thanks for this. Slogging along with a project that is joyless is just wrong...and I've done it far too often!
Posted by: Jo | 11/05/2014 at 09:28 AM
It looks good to me but that's not really the point at all. So once you rip what will you start??
Posted by: Carole | 11/05/2014 at 10:17 AM
Posted by: Karin | 11/05/2014 at 11:04 AM
Posted by: Cheryl S. | 11/05/2014 at 11:04 AM
Oooh, all of a sudden I hear Kenny Rogers... You gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em. Knit 'em or rip 'em. Hehehe.
Sing it, sister!
Posted by: Vicki | 11/05/2014 at 12:59 PM
I couldn't agree more! (but you know I so very VERY curious to know the details of that sweater. because...just like in life...I want to help fix it!)
Posted by: Mary | 11/05/2014 at 10:02 PM
Wow, great post. This is really awesome!
Posted by: Erin | 11/06/2014 at 09:50 AM
Posted by: Kathy | 11/07/2014 at 01:05 PM