Slippery slopes
Thursday March 08th 2012, 12:24 am
Filed under: Knit

I needed accomplishment. I needed to finish something. And so I pulled it out and tried again, almost in spite of myself.

About two years ago, I started knitting a shawl out of hand-dyed raspberry ice (scroll down) laceweight silk, 100g 1100 yards–fine, slippery stuff and on size 4 needles. I’d been eyeing it for ages at Purlescence and at last it was mine.

But. I found it hard to see the stitches. I found it hard to hold onto the stitches. I found it easy to poke a stitch wrong blindly and find myself suddenly looking at two or three of them running down down down, (well not really that far, it just felt like it), wondering how on earth I managed to pull off that little stunt–I’m supposed to be good at this. It humbled me.

The other problem was, I found myself wishing I had used a different lace pattern here, or up here. But I was too into it to rip it–it was not particularly fun knitting and I didn’t want to have to do it twice.

I made another stab at it about a year ago. It’s shimmery and soft and beautiful, and it begged to be finished. I even got new eyeglasses.

It got set aside again.

I had a doctor’s appointment today. I knew that taking something that was that slippery and droppable with 457 stitches for waiting-room knitting was nuts. But I grabbed that ziploc out of its banishment anyway, and to my surprise the nurse exclaimed over it and then started reminiscing warmly over what I’d been working on the last time she’d seen me; it was a blanket, right?

(Darned if I remember, but I smiled in thanks.)

Yes, I did have to repair some stitches from my row being interrupted when she called me in. But she was so excited over it that how could I not be too?

I’m finally into the (just decided on) edging and I can count the rows to go. It’s going to be glorious in real actual life, it’s going to be done!

Suddenly the knitting isn’t boring anymore. Suddenly it’s hard to put down. That one compliment made all the difference–I’m so glad I took it along.

I can’t wait!

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Judith babysits a 1st grader in the morning before school. This morning she stated she didn’t want to walk to school because she was “scared.” (yeah, right, there is usually a reason she doesn’t want to walk to school.) When Raven said this I looked at her in surprise and said “Really, that surprises me! I’ve always seen you as one of the bravest kids I know!”

She bounded out the door this morning insisting on walking to school.

Comment by afton 03.08.12 @ 6:13 am

No coincidences! Hooray for a little bit of praise to set the wheels in motion.

Comment by Channon 03.08.12 @ 6:52 am

It’s all good!

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 03.08.12 @ 8:47 am

It’s amazing what a little bit of praise can do. Just shouldn’t be over done.

Comment by Don Meyer 03.08.12 @ 9:46 am

love that color — it does look like raspberry — yummy — can we just spoon some of that over a chocolate torte?

(it occurs to me that many of us blog for just that reason — for whatever reason we live in places or among people who don’t “get” what it is we do and we’re seeking some little pat on the head to keep us feeling like we’re not just operating in the dark!)

Comment by Bev 03.08.12 @ 10:02 am

Wishing you happy knitting.

Comment by robinm 03.08.12 @ 2:44 pm

Oh, yes, silk is very slippery to work with, but it looks so lovely. Makes it (almost?) worth the effort and aggravation. Happy to learn the project won you over.

And, agreeing with Bev, although I don’t have a blog, it is that community of knitters, quilters, and crafters that I seek out for validation, questions, and expertise. And just the sheer fun of sharing what we are making.

Comment by DebbieR 03.08.12 @ 2:55 pm

A good reminder to be generous in our sincere praise of others – it may have impact beyond the moment. I think I’ll go give Wilson a hug and tell him something great about him that he may have forgotten.

BTW – incredible moon staring me in the face as I type this!

Comment by twinsetellen 03.08.12 @ 7:26 pm

Hooray! It’s amazing what a little positive reinforcement can do 🙂 I can’t wait to see it when it’s done!

Comment by Jocelyn 03.08.12 @ 8:19 pm

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