When I was 21 I dove into a small swimming pool, too small and too shallow, I later realized, for it to have had a diving board of any sort poised over it. That was when I learned what it meant to “see stars,” and hear an unforgettable sound–in this case the sound of my head hitting the concrete side of the diving well. My injuries were extremely minor compared to what they could have been–a few small scars as reminders of diving in before thinking rather than having personal knowledge of what life in a wheelchair meant.
Even after that, according to my mother, I continued to do everything as I’d always done it, “too fast.” From the time I was helping at home with household chores, her saying this always irritated me. How could she possibly know that I didn’t do a good job of cleaning the bath tub just because it was done very fast? I can still hear her saying, “slow down,” when I was practicing the piano so that I could go out to play!
In my last blog, I shared plans of diving completely into this new project today—–and imagined knitting it with crazy speed as the Indy 500 was being raced. My husband is now watching that race, and I’m on my way to get help at the Apple store genius bar. Since the socks are going to have words as part of the design, both sides of both socks need to be graphed out before I go further. I changed charting software when I switched to a mac and still have a way to go before it’s as easy to use at Stitch and Motif Maker was on the PC…Also, since the yarns contrast significantly and I have no experience washing anything knit in mini mochi, I should do a little more swatching and testing of the waters before diving in! Here’s where I am on the two socks–-right down to where I need to have the next section charted out. Taking it easy and having a little patience, slowing down, rather than always just diving in, is good to practice, but still oh so hard for me at times.
I walked into the living room and saw Mac, our 15 year old border terrier, taking a midday nap on the couch. He seems to benefit from taking it slow and easy. Maybe I can
learn a trick or two from this old dog. It’s worth thinking about!