In my second attempt, I have passed that point in the Celtic Dreams, the point, which you may recall, that I had reached in my first attempt before I knew it was going to be too small. When you face the music (or in this case the stitches), and rip it out, you need to do it and then put it down, go to bed, or knit something else for awhile to make a little amnesia space for yourself. Get over it. Forget it. Move on. And then when you go back, it doesn't feel like such an obstacle. You start, in the word of cosmetic counter ladies pushing strawberry scrub the country over, anew. You should never rip and begin in the same session because it leaves a bruise, and it takes longer to heal than if you just take the hit and walk away. But even then, a fresh start doesn't exactly erase the memory of where you've been, so when you pass the point, that point where you were when you had that terrible realization before, there is a moment of celebration, like crossing the Continental Divide. Yippee, you say, and keep knitting because from here, it's all downhill. Gravity is again your friend.
Still here? I'm jumping on the Modern Laguage Association meme wagon here that I picked up from Cate. Wanna play? Scott Eric Kaufmann, a graduate student presenting a paper on blog memes at the MLA convference, a very big annual deal, and I feel for the guy, having been there and done that and knowing what his butterlies must be like, I want to help. And for my purposes, I think we knitbloggers should participate in his data gathering for our own credibility. I think we have to join in here, especially since we are so often as knitbloggers left out of any reporting about blogs. We confound them, being personal, being interested in something like wool, being the big happy virtual 24/7/365 party that we are. So take this meme and post it, pass it along, and rack up that jolly grad student's numbers and help him out. Here's what to do.
- Write a post linking to Scott in which you explain the experiment. (All blogs count, be they TypePad, Blogger, MySpace, Facebook, &c.)
- Ask your readers to do the same. Beg them. Relate sob stories
about poor graduate students in desperate circumstances.
- Ping Technorati.
Go get 'em.