Make It a Mindful Monday: Knowing When to Be Flexible

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.

7 Responses to Make It a Mindful Monday: Knowing When to Be Flexible

  1. Judy Menzel says:

    What a lovely post! It’s always comforting to see knitters I think highly of make some of the same mistakes I do (like knowing something is too big, but not listening to myself and having to rip…or donate). Love your “letting go” philosophy. Definitely gave me pause to stop and think this morning. Thank you

    • Kara says:

      Hi Judy,
      I’m so glad you found this post inspiring. This is what makes me job as an editor total joy.

      Here’s to making even more mistakes!

  2. CelticNana says:

    I know just how you feel. I’m glad to know I’m not alone in the world when I have this happen to me. How does that saying go..’best laid plans of mice and men’, although in this case it should say women. I took heart in what you were wrote. Thanks. Plus, I love how the new sock yarn is looking. Way Cool.

    • Kara says:

      Still not finished with my sock… but I’m really happy I ripped the first one. I love your quote and may have to borrow it one of these days for a future editorial letter. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Vicki says:

    You’ve made me feel good about the jumper I’m yet to finish from August 2012. I got so bogged down with not doing it (last few rows) that I haven’t been able to move onto anything else.

    It’s time I just sat back and let go, and do it. A bit like you with the size of the sock, I think I’ve done the sleeves wrong and kept going… but will look this week and if needed will rip.

    Thanks, Vicki

  4. Debbie says:

    I love the color of the yarn you are using. What is the color?


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