Day six: 2nd April. Something to aspire to
Is there a pattern or skill that you donâ€™t yet feel ready to tackle but which you hope to (or think you can only dream of) tackling in the future, near or distant? Is there a skill or project that makes your mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft? Maybe the skill or pattern is one that you donâ€™t even personally want to make but can stand back and admire those that do. Maybe it is something you think you will never be bothered to actually make but can admire the result of those that have.
Aspiration is a constant state of affairs around here. I set goals all the time, and love the thrill of the new. It is the way that I am made – I need to learn and I need to push myself. If I do not, then I can easily become very low.
Then again, I am not sure that aspiration is the correct way of expressing it. You see — I know, deep down, that I achieve anything. Anything I want to do is entirely possible, given the proper sources of information and materials.
Of course, it is all far easier with the proper source of instruction — but I live on a remote island and may safely forget about that possibility in most cases.
My ultimate goal at the moment is to make the Queen Susan Shawl – over 7,000 yards of thread weight yarn, on 2mm needles [free pattern]. I look at this amazing object and a voice inside me says “I’ll never be able to do that!” but it is quickly drowned by another voice, far louder, that says “DON’T PANIC – it’s only knits and purls!”
And that is the great thing about knitting. The most intricate of objects come from a very few building block skills. If you can knit and you can purl, you can do anything. The knitting world is at your feet.
Patience is another matter of course. Shall we leave this post pondering the question: is what I truly aspire to, the having of sufficent patience (and project monogamy) to complete a 7,000 yard Shetland Lace shawl?