Before I learned to knit, I did crossword puzzles. Difficult crossword puzzles. And sudoku. Lots of sudoku. You see, I had this theory. I spent most of my time with little people. I said the words “potty” and “ni’ night” and “peek-a-boo” several times a day. I thought my brain might deteriorate into a pile of jello if it didn’t get some exercise (just as my body wasn’t exactly made of steel after having reading as my main hobby… But that is another story). So I exercised my brain by doing difficult puzzles, trying to retain some intellegence for later, when the kids are grown….
So, maybe that is why I approach my knitting the way that I do. I am still surrounded by (wonderful, fabulous, adorable) children. And while some people knit to relax, (and I get that. It is good to have a project on the needles that involves little more than knit, knit, knit…. especially when one is entrenched in season eight of Smallville…. but I digress), and some people knit to have a product (I do that too. I almost always have a “product project” on the needles, not for the pleasure of knitting, but just for the end result (this “product” is still usually diaper covers)), I knit for exercise. (okay, that may be the wildest paragraph, ever. See? My brain is practically mush!)
I do all those things, too, but I mostly knit for the challenge. I knit to learn, to exercise my brain, just like I did crossword puzzles before I learned to knit. I look at a potential project and decide if it is challenging enough. I choose projects that will force me to learn a new technique, or stretch my ability in some way. I knit the “hard stuff” on purpose. I am not intimidated by a difficult project, but rather excited!
That explains this:
If you have been visiting my blog for awhile, you will remember the lace that I couldn’t put down? (Yeah, that baby was a challenge!) Meet the new lace that I can’t put down. I spend all day looking for a moment quiet enough to pick it up again. (Unfortunately, in this house, that moment doesn’t come till about 8:00pm, but whatever.) And when I can’t find that moment, I content myself with blocking the bits that I have already knit, from this:
Ooooh, feel the burn!