The joke in my family every time my husband or I bring up that I’m knitting him a sweater is that he’ll get it in a few years, if ever. I’m a fairly slow knitter, especially with big projects, and I’m very often distracted by fun small projects in between. Still, progress is progress, no matter how slow.
I always thought it was funny to hear people say the couldn’t knit because it required patience. I knit because I’m impatient. I keep going because I want to see the end result. I want to wear it, show it off, or give it as a gift. Lately, though, I’ve moved from product-oriented to process-oriented. I have developed my patience quite a bit over the past year.
Ken’s sweater is one example. I started this project knowing it would take months. Unlike with mom’s shawl, that thought really didn’t bother me as I cast-on. I understood I was making a commitment to a long-term project. After all, I wasn’t just knitting my first sweater. I was knitting my first big project with intricate (for me anyway) cabling. That’s a big first jump!
Well, the progress really is slow. I’ve had to pause a little to work on a Minion for a friend. It’s been a nice little respite from the sweater. Respite’s a bad word; the sweater isn’t really unpleasant. I enjoy working on it. Let’s just call it a mini-break — a fun, challenging mini-break to challenge my underdeveloped crochet abilities.
I find it kind of interesting how lessons I learned in knitting are starting to translate into my everyday life. I think this newfound patience is also why I decided to go ahead with the weight loss, as well. I know, I’ve said a million times I’m going to lose weight, and a million times I quit. I’m always looking for fast results that I won’t have to keep up in the long-run. This time I know better. Because of the amount, it’s going to take a long time, but I’m completely okay with that. I don’t need fast results; I just need progress, no matter how slow. I know in the end I’ll get there.
As Earl Nightingale said:
“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”