Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Appreciate the Small Things

I just finished reading Knitter's Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmerman. There are a couple of passages from this book that I love and I thought I would share them here. For you non-knitter's out there, these passages apply not only to knitting, but also to life, so read on...
Inspiration is unsettling to a degree. If not pinned down immediately by being worked on... it melts away like morning dew and is lost forever.

What? You can't knit in the dark? ... Shut your eyes. Knit one stitch. Open your eyes and look at the stitch; it's all right.... If, when your eyes are shut, your left thumb or right needle sends your a message that it is up against something funny, it probably is... If you are in the car in the dark, hold your knitting up against the light of your headlights on the road and fix matters.... If your driver, noticing your struggles, offers to turn on the inside light for a moment, you are in luck, and have allied yourself to an A number one spouse.
The first quote I like mainly because it seems so true, at least for me, and EZ consistently puts things so eloquently that I wonder why she is more famous for her knitting than her writing (or why not both?).

The second quote I like more for the small statement at the end. I find it at the same time inspiring and saddening to hear of people who actually appreciate the little things in their relationships. I don't think many people do... maybe I am wrong though. My ex used to say I only heard what I wanted to hear, in music, movies, books, etc., and this is probably true. To me, this passage is not about knitting in the dark but about the appreciation for the small things that someone does for you. This same ex is the one that would have offered to turn on the light for me, as I would for him. This seems like such a long time ago now... and I will never be able to understand why he is an ex.

1 comment:

MaryEllen said...

The reasons for why a relationship ends are often softened and blurred as you move further away. Like an impressionist painting, old relationships are best viewed at a distance, since they are often disquieting and jumbled when examined too closely. Hang in there.