I'm sure it's been said before that knitting can be a pain in the ass. It's a frustrating obsession whether you're knitting something for weeks only to find out that it doesn't fit, or whether you discover you've done a stitch repeat incorrectly after you've bound off, or especially when you've been knitting a rib pattern for 2 weeks and it refuses to get longer.

That's what's going on with the Diminishing Rib Cardigan. I'm on the last six inches of ribbing before I get to the tubular bind off and no matter how much I knit the darned thing it doesn't seem to be getting any longer or any closer to getting finished. It doesn't help that my children have been having sleep problems lately. It's taking two or more hours every night to get my oldest to go to sleep, which substantially takes away from my knitting time.  I've been working on this cardigan for most of the precious few minutes I have to knit. In my mind, I should be bound off already, but in reality I just haven't had enough time to knit. This in itself is maddening, especially since knitting is how I relieve stress.

But the thing about knitting that is so awesome is that when you surpass the frustrations, you end up with a beautiful sweater or scarf or shawl. This can feel like a big accomplishment, a reminder of your own strength and perserverence that you can literally wear on your sleeve (or neck, hands, head or feet). I'm sure that for some people once you achieve that little piece of knitting greatness some of life's other bigger problems seem less daunting.

On some level if I could turn a heel on a sock I could acknowledge to myself that I was in a bad relationship. If I could knit a lace shawl I could come up with a plan of action for leaving.  If I could cut steeks I could actually leave. If I could rip down to my mistake and fix it without frogging I could go through therapy. Knitting is a self esteem builder that teaches you how to hold yourself to higher standards and do what it takes to get what you want. You just have to be determined.

What has knitting taught you? How has it helped you surpass your own expectations? Has it helped you transcend life's problems? Let me know in the comments.

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