Monday, August 03, 2009

does life imitate knitting- or does knitting imitate life

Has it happened to you?

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Life is sailing along, no worries, things unfolding according to plan, no bumps~

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There are days, when life can be as smooth as a strand of silk coming from a center pull ball -then suddenly- things just seem to get messed up. Stuff happens. You have hit a giant snag.

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You don't know how, you don't know why...(winding the center-pull didn't indicate that there would be any problems)....nonetheless, the snag remains... And you are left to sort it all out. And it is such a big snag that you cannot move along with your project until you do something about it.

Which do you do?

a. reach for the scissors immediately --cut your losses and move on

b. try to patiently untangle the mess, but then reach for the scissors cut your losses and move on

c. patiently and with determination --with a "no matter how long it takes attitude", untie the snarl and try to move on with your project that will forever show a portion of yarn that looks worse for the wear, reminding you of the snag

d. stuff the entire project in a bag to marinate until you decide what to do...

and then there is always...none of the above...

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I wonder if my methods of smoothing out snags in knitting reflect my methods of smoothing out the snarls and problems I face in the day to day world. Maybe it is the other way around, and knitting has taught me a few ways to untangle some issues that need to be addressed. One thing is for certain, I hardly ever reach for the scissors. (And in real life, the options aren't always as clear.)

Photobucket ps...I normally choose "c" or "none of the above".

15 comments:

Cathy said...

Love the cone flowers (mine never survive past the 1st year...) and the lily.

And the tangle.

It depends on how bad the tangle is but I usually spend hours untangling.

Lynn said...

There was just an article on grit in the NY Times - apparently those who keep on working their way through obstacles are the ones who triumph in the end.

Me, I haven't knit in months - too much spinning and weaving going on around here!

judy said...

c. Anything but means a Russian join.

Wonderful post. I was wondering at the beginning where you were going to take it. Still untangling, you?

Tina. said...

Thanks for the post. I too am dealing with a real life predicament and wish it was as easy to entangle then that ball of yarn! Have a great day!

Valerie said...

wonderful post, cyndy.
I'm a "c" kind of gal. In fact, I kind of like working out a snarly knot and wondering at how they happen.

Unless, of course, the yarn is red. Then "d" applies. (ahem)

Manise said...

Nice post. I never cut, esp my handspun if tangled, and never knit from the center of a center pull ball- always from the outside. The center usually tangles or throw up it's "guts" at the least opportune time.

Looks like you rewound it. Or is it a new ball? So it ended well? For a minute I thought you had frogged the project in a fit, but noticed the knitting intact underneath. :-)

Anne said...

I'm a C-er too. I think it's my formative years in Quaker school where we did a lot of patience-building exercises apparently. Sometimes those, A is the best choice, but I tend to go along with C when I probably shouldn't.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I am a b then d or call my DB to come look at it.

Tam said...

Great post!
Beautiful flowers!
I "usually" try C first with some chocolate on the side.

Joanne said...

I am a "c" knitter. However, I'm not always a patient person, and sometimes my husband or mother has to help me. Also, I'm sad to say that in life? I'm much more likely to use those scissors than I am to stick with C. I am sort of patient, but only to a point! I stick at things, but consistently try to problem solve and find a "better way" than endlessly working on the knot.

Very interesting metaphor and gorgeous photos!

elizabeth said...

Reaching for the scissors never entered my mind! There's a sick part of me that kinda likes to unravel knots.

Hope you're better today and the rain has stopped!

cindy said...

I am definitely a "c". To prove it you must know that several knitting friends spent several hours to untangle a skein of sock yarn And believe it or not had much fun in the process.

Sharon said...

Without a doubt 'c'!!

Leslie Shelor said...

I'd do 'c' as well...unraveling knots is an old specialty of mine. I even work them out of old chains of costume jewelry!

Leigh said...

C. And if that doesn't work D. :)

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