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2014 Blog Project: Week 17

June 04, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Blog Project Week 17: Patience

Patience is a funny word. Someone can be "trying" it or "loosing" it (which somehow mean the same thing), you can have "zero" patience left or you can do something that takes lots of it. That's what my picture for this word represents.

I took a photograph of a current knitting project I'm working on. It represents past patience I had to have as I was learning to knit, as well as current patience I have to have while working on it.

Learning to knit was a real test of my patience. If you rush too much when you're still learning you can make a mistake or drop a stitch. Drop a stitch as a newbie? Kiss your project goodbye -- you won't even begin to be able to figure out how to pull it up and put it back. Do the wrong stitch and you have to go back and undo it one stitch at a time (if you haven't learned any sneaky advances tricks yet). I had to have patience as I was learning, because I knew I wanted to be able to do the more complicated patterns with smaller yarn down the road. But I jumped right in to some of the more complicated things, and have to have patience as I made plenty of mistakes that I had to undo and fix.

This project in particular represents patience because it's been "in progress" for a year now. I started it last spring in hopes of having a fun, lacey, lightweight cotton sweater for the cool evenings leading into spring. Which then morphed into breezy summer night, then morphing into crisp early fall evenings, and again into cool evenings leading into spring. However because the pattern is to make a batwing sweater, each round I do increases the number of stitches which increases how long it takes. There are currently well over 500 stitches on these needles now and with the lace pattern it takes approximately 30 minutes to go around twice (depending on how tired I am...)

Granted, I put down the project here and there as I made Christmas gifts for people, had the flu, busy with photography and so on. But it's been over a year of patience to know that in the end, I will have a stunning bright blue sweater to throw over a cute tank when the nights start to get crisp this fall...hopefully...


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