1. In life there are no do-overs. But there are in knitting. All the time! I started over on this Evenstar shawl five freaking times. And every few rows I find something that requires me to tink back a bit. I do this more with lace than with any other type of knitting. Is lace somehow the antithesis of life?
2. Never tell your problems to anyone…20% don’t care and the other 80% are glad you have them. The person who said this never tried to bring their dropped stitches or messed up cables to my knitting group. Always bring your knitting problems to knitting group…20% can help you fix them and the other 80% are glad you asked because they have the same problem.
3. Enjoy your own life without comparing with that of another. I derive great enjoyment comparing and sharing my knitting with others. 4 million+ other Ravelry users agree.
4. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. I find that my knitting shrinks or expands in unpredictable ways. Because gauge swatches lie! It’s got nothing to do with courage and everything to do with the gremlins who come out at night and stretch my sweater arms out of shape.
5. Life is wasted on the living. Try inserting “knitting” in place of “life” and you get a very creepy statement. All I can think of is my lovely knitting projects getting buried underground and full of rot and maggots. Yech! When I die, pass my sweaters out to living people who can still appreciate them. Vampires don’t count (they don’t get cold).
Happy knitting, everyone. Remember not to take life/your knitting too seriously.
That’s one truism I’ll keep.