Do you find knitting an adventure?

Sometimes not knowing where your project will end up?  It may not look like the finished project because yarns vary, as do knitters.  Or it may be something more basic, like not following the directions.  Either intentionally or not.

When a project I start doesn’t turn out the way I expect, I can either live with it, maybe liking the project as well or even more, or taking out my stitches and starting over.

If you’ve ever done the latter, you know some yarns — like bouclé — don’t cooperate with the process.  The yarn fibers seem to lock, and resist most efforts to take out the knit stitches.  One reason I rarely use bouclé.  I like the flexibility of redoing my work when necessary.

Last week, though, I had a different problem.  Everyday I seemed to be adding another task or job, and having less time to concentrate.  Most of my knitting was done after the rest of the household went to bed, when I could concentrate on it.

Or so I thought.

Until I realized: my Danish shawl wasn’t.  Instead of a sort of heart-shape, it ended up being a triangle.  And you know what?

Shawl 02_14_09

It’s fine with me.  Just the way it is.

It fits comfortably on my shoulders.  While I can’t wrap it around and tie it, I’m not sure I would anyway in this climate.  At least until next December since temperatures have started to moderate! 🙂

I thought I was following the instructions.  And didn’t realize my mistake until I bound off (cast off).

Rather than feeling upset or agitated, I realized an incredible freedom.  The freedom to accept my shawl as it is, and move on to another project.  I suspect it will remind me every time I wear it stopping and thinking about what I’m doing.  Maybe even checking the directions … again! 😆

The colors are different in today’s pictures compared to the previous ones.  Because these colors are truer.  Changing the batteries in my camera made the difference!

Shawl edge

The Pennsylvania Dutch have a saying:

“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.”

Some days, and even some weeks are like that.  Last week sure seemed that way.

I’m glad it’s a new week …



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