Saturday, December 3, 2016

Caterpillar to Butterfly Scarf from Sheep's Clothing--Day 2

It's making me wait...

The hard part about this project is the delayed gratification.  I’ve got to slog through a whole lot of garter stitch—essentially all the yarn—to get to the point where this scarf does its transformational tricks.  It’s like a very long, slow climb to the top of the roller coaster before you get to the thrills.  Anticipa-a-tion

And not just anticipation, but solace, as well.  Every knitter knows the soothing balm of easy knit stitches with lovely fiber.  The texture and the muscle memory take over, and knitting becomes a pleasant enhancement to just about everything.  As the chaotic holiday season ratchets up around here and my task list grows by leaps and bounds, there’s something grounding in the reliable satisfaction of getting to the end of each long row.  

It struck me today, person of faith that I am, that this is the perfect Advent scarf.  Long, quiet hours of preparation for the coming miracle that takes the ordinary to extraordinary.  Knittable Advent calendars, roller coasters—forgive us writer types, we love to take our metaphors and run wild with them.  

But I do love how knitting so often can take on the character of my days or attitudes.

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