So, I'm still knitting away on my little mitered squares project . . .
It's fun. It's easy. It's slow. I like playing with the colors. It's a great way to (finally) use all the Koigu I've had rolling around in my stash for oh-so-long. And it's rhythmic.
Which gives me time to think as I knit.
And as I stitch, I've come to see that this project is actually a pretty good metaphor . . . for life!
- Life plays out on a neutral background. There are plenty of colorful bits, and every now and again a bright pop of color. But's it's the ordinary, everydayness of neutral that holds it all together.
- Balance is essential. Too many pops of color in one place throw the balance off . . . making you crave more of the neutral, that more ordinary rhythm of things.
- Building a strong foundation makes for structural integrity. Yes, it takes a long time to build that foundation, but once it's there, you know you can make anything happen.
- Focus is the key. When you want to get something done, chip away at it a little bit every day. One stitch at a time . . . adds up.
- A colorful life is a messy life. Regular maintenance - and cleaning up your messes as you go - can keep things humming right along though.
- Risk is good. Don't be afraid to make a mess. It's fun. And besides, once it starts coming all together, no one will see the mistakes, the missteps, the crookedness . . . except you. Perfection is over-rated.
- Life is about resilience. Sometimes you have to re-think and adapt. Problem-solving is a good thing. It makes us stronger and it keeps our brains supple. (And that's a story for another Unraveled Wednesday.) (Just sayin.)
What are you unraveling today? (In knitting or in life. . . )
To read other Unraveled Wednesday posts, check out the links in the comments over at Kat's.