Inefficiency is our friend?
It’s funny how we bend the world to our knitting needs. I’ve had one of those weeks where lots of care-taking has been going on. In my head, I think of it as sitting at someone’s doctor’s appointment, bedside, chairside, etc. I always picture myself knitting. No, that’s not exactly right; I always picture myself getting LOTS of knitting done.
It almost never works out that way. Care-taking never seems to be about quietly sitting by someone’s side. And then there’s the scheduling, the appointments–the day I plan to get lots of knitting done waiting for medical tests is the day they get us in and out in record time.
What am I left with then? I was planning on sitting through three hours of various downtown tests yesterday, but instead we got done two hours early and then I had to take the boy shopping until the final appointment because we were too far from home to double back! Really, you can’t say to a companion, “Since we’re done early, you’ll need to sit here and watch me knit because I’m behind on the blog.” Well, you could, but I guarantee you it wouldn’t go well.
All of this is silly, of course. I should be delighted things went so well. And no worries, all tests confirmed the son is doing great. And I should be delighted that the elderly person I was tending earlier this week was up and about instead of lying in bed.
It feels ridiculous–because it is ridiculous–to get frustrated at efficiency. The rest of the world doesn’t understand that waiting time or downtime is precious to knitters! Inefficiency is our friend. But I know you understand. And I know you’ll be kind to me when I explain that all the above is why it took me all week–instead of three days–to finish this short row section of the Color Affection Shawl. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? I think it will be just perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Next up is the final solid band of burgundy. Oh, my, those rows are very, very long. Let’s hope I get an inefficient week, shall we?