When I started my “Someday” of knitting back in November, I chose to start with a learn-to-knit kit I’d purchased on clearance several years ago. I started out strong and was pleased the pattern would allow me to learn several different techniques by the time I was done. The pattern is for a scarf and hat in a style I wouldn’t wear. The yarn is a denim blue, a color that doesn’t appeal to me. I liked the activity of knitting, but I was uninspired by what I was knitting. Still, not wanting to waste the kit, I kept plugging away at it – slowly and without much enthusiasm.
One day, in a craft store, I looked at some beautiful, soft yarn and thought how nice it would be to knit with that yarn. A few days later, as I sat trying to finish another row on my scarf, the Stephen Stills song, Love the One You’re With came to mind. I never really liked the lyrics because I didn’t think one should simply settle for the one “right next to you” and I realized I didn’t need to settle for the learn-to-knit kit. I could knit something I wanted with a yarn that brought me pleasure in its look and feel. I ordered the lovely yarn and I’ve started a blanket for myself. Every time I pick up my knitting needles, I feel a little bit of joy as the soft blanket that’s taking shape settles into my lap.
So, another lesson learned: sometimes the “Someday” can be right, even when enthusiasm is lacking. Sometimes it’s just a matter of finding the right outlet so you can Love the One You’re With.