Tuesday, February 15, 2011

This Is Not Defeat

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...)

15 comments:

  1. I will be waiting to see how this ends up. I mean, I'm confident you will win in the end, but I'm anxious to see how you work this out. That's beautiful yarn, btw!

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  2. They are beautiful cables, sweetie, but yeah...

    Wanna see the unfortunate scarf I'm working on? Think that might make you feel better cause there's no fixing it or making it better without a dye job. o.O

    xo

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  3. It's a very beautiful obstacle, though.

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  4. The cables are lovely; I'm sorry they are disagreeable. You can do it!

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  5. Awe...So sorry that the hat does not fit. That sucks!

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  6. I love the cable pattern, I think the universe is just jealous of the beauty you're creating and it needs to feel like it has the upper hand. Little does it know though, we knitters always prevail!

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  7. Oh, look, it's a sleeve. Or something.

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  8. We were telling our boss today about balance... Her 13 year old son has been spending a lot of time this past few months with an 18 year old girl. Turns out she's lost her virginity (we asked, with said 13 year old? no), to a much older man. No idea what that meant (and it could be icky), but we figure she's seeking balance by going for the young guy.

    And the hat's lovely. I frequently knit things partway and rip and reknit.

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  9. I love it. I think being able to rip out knitting as needed counts as a superpower. Or at least the ability to not lose your mind while you do it does. :)

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  10. Indeed, this is not defeat.

    You were merely testing the limits of this hat to contain the beauty you put into it, and you will be a wiser Knitter because of it.

    In fact, you're probably cooking up the perfect cable as you rip it out.

    The wonderful part of frogging is that when it is done I does not hurt any more; it feels like relief.

    This is not defeat. This is editing.

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  11. Maybe it just wants to be a simple ribbed hat. There's certainly nothing wrong with that.

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  12. *grin* Peter, think of it as the Universe telling you your brains are bigger than you think they are. That's all.

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  13. Being cable-obsessed I would have told you, had I but known, that you were headed (ha!) for disaster there. It's a shame, because the ribbing flows so nicely into the cables, but, yep, you need more sts. (Love the yarn, too.)

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  14. It's gorgeous but I suppose the fitting issue could be a problem...

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