OK, so I was thinking about what I posted yesterday (tsk, you think I would think about it BEFORE I posted or something? As if!), and I thought of another way to say it that also shows off some of my knitting. :)
So, see this blurry yarn picture? It's actually very nice yarn (Sweet Georgia CashSilk Lace in Wisteria, in case you're wondering). But it's not super useful or pretty in and of itself. It's beauty and usefulness is in its potential.
Different yarns have different potentials, depending on their color, what they are made from, their weight, and their yardage. Really, just about any yarn can be made into just about anything, but of course, they maximize their potential (and really fulfill the measure of their creation) when used for the type of thing they were made for. In this case, I decided to make a lacy scarf from it.
This takes a lot of things on my part. It takes the yarn, of course, but it also takes the proper tools (knitting needles), know-how, and a pattern. At least it's easiest if I have all those things. You can try and possibly succeed without all those things, but it will take longer and be harder and probably more frustrating.
Then, the work begins. Just like the drive I mentioned in the previous post, or any of the analogies I used (I do like analogies), we are picturing in our mind the end product when we start out. That is our goal. But along the way, there are thousands, maybe even millions, of stitches.
Now, this particular scarf happens to be cursed, because I had to start over about 12 times, then learned to do lifelines to make mistakes not so costly, and I've still had to pull out stitches back to those lifelines multiple times and reknit whole sections. It's frustrating. But see how pretty that is? (This phone camera doesn't even do the color justice). Unlike other areas in my life, with knitting I have already learned that each individual stitch is a joy, because each and every stitch is vital to the end goal. As I stitch and stitch, I am having fun because I am thinking about how wonderful the end product will be and I already know how important each stitch is, so I know I'm not wasting my time. It helps to have a realistic but challenging goal. It also helps to see progress along the way. Some projects are harder to see the progress, especially at first, but because I learned to have faith in the process, and I even came to know that the process works because it worked on a previous project, I have faith that the harder projects will work out, too.
I used to do cross-stitch as well, and the faith in the tedium is similar. I remember thinking, in a way as I create this image of a little girl, it's like I'm creating her in another dimension. Each stitch is part of her being, and it's all important, every stitch. She will never be complete unless I finish every stitch, and when I am done she will come to life. OK, I'll admit that's kind of weird. But it was another way to reinforce the importance of every stitch, every step.
Seeing that in other areas of my life has been harder. But it's still true. Even every step towards learning that every step is important, is important. Whoa, that was too meta. Time for bed!