Is Your Life Well Knitted?

I love knitting. I find it therapeutic, calming, creative….and frustrating.

cat and woolI’m currently knitting my partner a jumper. He has loads from me and they are normally a joy to knit as he likes big chunky ones; you get to see the results of your labours very quickly.  (Note to non-knitters, thick wool grows into a jumper very quickly).

This time, however, he asked for me for a thinner jumper which means 4 ply wool, very thin needles and takes about 6 times longer. But I like a challenge.

I’d got halfway through the front, about 14 hours of knitting in total, when disaster struck. I reached down to pick it up off the sofa and the needle was caught under a cushion. The stitches and knitting came with my tug but the needle stayed fast in its comfortable place.

Because the stitches are so small a huge hole immediately grew itself several rows deep.

I have to tell you, dear reader, that the air was blue. Even the cat left the room. Now there are ways of picking up dropped stitches, even several rows back and if I was knitting a thick chunky I’d go for it because it wouldn’t show. Unravelling fast is not an option because picking up a row of stitches is nigh on impossible as it’s so tightly knitted; the work on this is so small and the colour is light which means that every blip will show. My choice was to unravel completely and start again (leading to more blue air) or calm myself down and see what I could do.

So I did a quick emergency rescue with 3 knitting needles and left it.

And now I am going to undo several rows stitch by stitch, painstakingly slowly until I get to the root of the problem, i.e. the holey bit, and fix it. Doing it this way means I won’t disturb any of my earlier work and will take about an hour instead of another 14.

You’ve probably guessed that there is a moral to this story and it’s this: When a hole in your life appears and it’s spoiling things take time to consider. Sometimes you can do a quick fix and no one except you will ever know. Sometimes, however, for the finer, more important things in life, you have to do it the longer way to really fix things. Whether it’s your mistake or someone else’s, if it’s your jumper, you don’t want any holes to show so it’s you that has to fix it.

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Photo by me, of one of our cats. Normally she is tangling up the wool so this is a rare moment.


Posted on February 21st, 2014 by

3 Responses to “Is Your Life Well Knitted?”

  1. Mirna says:

    Beautiful post, Jane. Shows that knitting is also time for self-reflection. I agree that sometimes it takes a lot of courage to undo things and re-start. It is not whether it “shows” to others, nor about perfection, it is about how it feels to know there is something that it is within your control to fix. This story made me think of a business partnership that did not feel right after an act of disloyalty. That kind of hole never repairs itself. Pretending it does not exist will only make us feel worse. Having the courage to start again is also an act of self-esteem. Thanks for this post and hope you finish your jumper!

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