We've all heard that the Universe seeks balance. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Yin and yang. All of that sort.
There are days when the sun is shining and days when the clouds never leave. There are days when we are full or energy and days when we need that third cup of coffee before noon. There are days when we're confident in our knitting because we know without a doubt that everything is going to work out perfectly.
And then there are those other days...
I would like to emphasize that the ribbing did in fact fit on my head. There was room to spare, even. I was so confident about the fit of this hat (did you see that? I said confident. Beyond a doubt. That's reason enough for the Universe to give me the smack down, right?) that I chose a nice cabled pattern because I knew it would pull the hat in even more and I knew it would still fit. I knit a good 6 inches in the cable pattern without even giving it a second thought because I'm a Knitter and I knew it was going to work out because I wanted it to.
And then I tried it on. This %^$#@ hat doesn't fit. May I emphasize, yet again, that it is not due to the ribbing. The ribbing is fine. The ribbing is wonderful in fact. It's the stupid cables that decided to embrace the stitches so tightly that no person could pull it over their head. (Well, I did pull it into my head, but it wasn't pretty). I'm going to have to rip it out, but only to the ribbing. The ribbing fit. I was right and I still firmly stand behind my choice. This is not defeat, it's simply an obstacle. You see that? I'm still optimistic in the face of a challenge. Take that Universe, you can't crush my Knitting confidence! (I'm going to pay for that one...)