Monday again, and those socks are still not finished. What started as a leisurely weekend project several months ago, has turned into a battle to beat the clock.
My intention is to make a pair of socks as a gift for a friend who I will be seeing next week. Having initiated this idea quite some time ago, I imagined months of carefree knitting to complete them, but it hasn’t quite turned out that way.
I’ve been loving the process of making these socks, but I’ve had to stop and start for a variety of reasons that were beyond my control such as: the yarn not working as planned and a pattern that just didn’t float my boat.
Then finally, I found just the right yarn– Saki Silk from Universal Yarn. What a dream this self-striping sock-weight yarn is to work with! I couldn’t wait to get started, but then…another roadblock– my sock was too big. I knew this early on, but was in total denial that this sock would only fit Sasquatch. After binding off, I finally came to the conclusion that this would not fly and it was time to face facts and rip.
I think my biggest problem was working with a size #2 needle, so I bumped things back to a #1, and now I’m up to speed. Sock #1 is nearly finished, but the stress of getting the pair done within the next few days started creeping in late in the day yesterday. I was faced with the reality that other things in life had to get done like starting dinner for my family having craft time with my son London.
This morning I woke up with the realization that it was time to let go and practice patient acceptance. As soon as I released my grip, I felt a sense of freedom arise. It’s not always easy to make peace with the fact that most things in life are out of our control. Instead of clinging tightly to wanting to give my friend with this long-planned gift, I can choose to remain flexible, and I just may surprise myself and finish them after all.