Archive for August 7th, 2008

The test of an adventure is that when you’re in the middle of it, you say to yourself, “Oh now I’ve got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home.”  –Thornton Wilder, The Matchmaker

When I feel like “I’ve gotten myself into an awful mess” while “sitting quietly at home” I am often knitting. Though I might actually be knitting a project when this “awful mess” feeling occurs, I don’t have to have the needles in my hands. I can just glance into the living room at my favorite chair see the wpis queued up alongside and that “I’ve gotten myself into an awful mess” feeling occurs.

But I now know that feeling this way is good. It’s proof positive that I am having an adventure (even though I am sitting at home), and adventure is good, right?  Today I can sit in my favorite chair in my home and feel that same heart pounding, blood pressure rising, fight or flight, “awful mess” feeling just by knitting and making a mistake; preferrably 5 rows ago; the row with all the funny decreases and increases and twisted stitches; linchpin of all rows; the row with over 180 stitches.

Adventure is good, right?

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