Monday, April 30, 2012

Waiting For Maestro

Opera Sweater 2 and I are at LAX waiting to welcome Maestro Steven R. Osgood to his first Long Beach Opera production. I'm looking forward to working with him and taking the plunge into "The Fountain of Tears". I'll keep you posted.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Opera Sweater Makes Its Debut

After a drastic do-over, Opera Sweater made its debut at the family Easter gathering.  Even though is was 83 degrees, the sweater was extremely comfortable.  I am grateful that the original idea of a spring weight sweater was actually realized.  My only problem now: what to knit next.  My needles are empty, and I'm going a little crazy.

Maybe I should practice my flute.


I'll think about it...

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Opera Sweater Has A Setback


Knitting reflects life. It has its ups, its downs, its joys, its sorrows, and its setbacks.
I had actually completed Opera Sweater in time to wear it to a baby shower last Saturday. Even though I discovered (too late) that one sleeve had grown mysteriously bigger than the other, I was willing to bite the bullet and live with it. I was really happy with the fit and look of the finished product (well, except for the monstrous arm), and was in the process of grafting the underarm seam (only 8 stitches - what could go wrong) when disaster struck. I don't really want to talk about it.

Suffice it to say, I was inspired to take a deep breath and rip back the yoke and Monster Sleeve for a do over. Monster Sleeve is now tamed, and work on the yoke will commence this morning.

This whole process causes me to ponder "real life". How many times are we willing to settle for something that is not quite right because we fear "going backwards" in an attempt to make that thing glorious?

Knitting has taught me to be brave, to take risks, to stretch my imagination, and that I don't have to settle for mediocre when a little (or a lot) of pain will yield complete triumph. All it takes is the humility to admit I'm wrong and the courage to start over. The new goal is to wear Opera Sweater on Easter. I'll keep you posted.