Condition arrived at by experience or exercise.
The word “condition” I find to be very useful because it leads me to believe that if I were to continue practicing patience again and again, eventually my conditions would be pretty darned good…maybe even totally blissful and content all the time. Hey, sign me up!
If cultivating this state-of-mind is beneficial, then why is it so hard to develop? Speaking from my own experience, I make it a habit to try every day and if I mess up, I just get back on the horse again. That good old quote:”patience is a virtue” is one that I try to live by and every day my hope is that I’m getting just a little closer to my goal of achieving it.
Let’s take a minute to see how this practice applies to knitting. Here’s my short list of things I’m often confronted with when it comes to my own personal projects:
- Working a gauge swatch
- Dropping a stitch– that’s enough to put me into a mood
- My project looks nothing like the photo
- I don’t have enough yarn
- This yarn is not as nice as I thought it would be
- The yarn in the picture is too expensive!
- I’m bored
- This yarn is too difficult to work with
- I don’t like this stitch pattern
- I don’t understand the pattern
Do any of these sound familiar?
Before you cast on that first stitch—remember it’s a great time to cultivate patience. I seriously can’t think of a better way to practice.