Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Buddha Blanket - Part Three (or "Let's Just Scupper This Whole Idea")
This is supposed to the post in which I wax rhapsodic on the joys of knitting. I’m supposed to tell you that nothing has ever brought me out of my head and into the moment like the hypnotic rhythm of looping and pulling. I’m supposed to tell you how I’ve abandoned my perfectionism, my inner critic, and learned to love each stitch, even the dropped ones.
That was all true.
For a bit.
I spent several days knitting and unraveling. Knitting and unraveling. Knitting and unraveling.
Gathering courage to purl, and discovering it wasn’t difficult at all.
I completed two little rectangles my daughter called “knitties” and took to bed each night.
I was totally relaxed. Peaceful and Mindful.
Then I noticed I was actually producing something and that it actually looked like knitting done by a knitter.
So I choked.
The minute my project began to have the potential to become a scarf, a sweater, a doll blanket, the minute the process disappeared, the joy went away.
I began to tense, to worry that I would make a mistake many rows into the project, a mistake so egregious I would have to abandon the entire thing, beautiful yarn and all.
This is, of course, pertinent to both meditation and writing.
More to follow.