Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Left Mitt

It seems like there is always a left mitt. 

It gets left because you're busy.  It gets left when you're in a hurry.  It gets left in the wrong place.  It gets left for something newer or "better".

Today I finished my left mitt.  An actual left mitt... the right had been done for nearly two weeks.  I knit a pair of Sherwood Mitts by Ashley Knowlton (along with the Easy Lace Scarf) for Newfangleddad's mom as a Christmas gift.

Each mitt only took a day to knit.  If they were any quicker to work up they would knit themselves.  And yet, that second mitt sat.  And sat.  And sat.  It is easy in knitting (much like life) to set something aside when the shine has worn off, when mistakes have been made or when it isn't as perfect as we might have envisioned in our mind.  I don't like having a mitt left.  Knitting (and life) can be messy, contain imperfections and reflect the sometimes daunting amounts of personal work invested.  It can also be beautiful, intricate and (again) reflect the sometimes danting amounts of personal work invested.

I don't plan to leave any mitts - left or right.

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