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A Crafty Lesson

I am an avid knitter, and through the creation of fiber art, I frequently learn lessons that apply to “real” life.  I just learned another one that I thought I’d share.

The internet is bursting with free knitting patterns, and I saw the cutest looking pair of baby booties on a site I frequent.  Though I have an absolutely wonderful book filled with sock patterns of all shapes and sizes that have worked for me time and time again, I downloaded the enticing freebie pattern.  Directions in hand, I began to knit a pair as a present for a pregnant family friend.

The initial booty looked like it would fit the Jolly Green Giant’s baby, so I ripped it out and started again with needles two sizes smaller.  The creation on my needles still looked like it would be a foot warmer for Sasquatch’s bambino, so this, too, was unraveled.  Down to teeny needles, I could barely discern the lines of distinction between the bunched up stitches.  Not wanting to stitch squinty/frustrated karma into the baby booties, I pulled them off a third time.

I reflected on my dilemma; when the light-bulb above my head turned on, I took out the time-tested, reliable book and began to stitch.  And I knew right away that the socks would be just the right size.

Yes, the lesson is obvious:  stick with what you know works.  There’s a time and place to be adventurous, for sure, but why reinvent the wheel when all you need are two itsy bitsy booties?

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