Elizabeth Street

Why Knitting is Like Dating

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This post has been floating around my head for awhile and I couldn't decide if it was fun or just plain weird.  I decided to write it anyway.  A number of months ago, I was sitting around knitting and thinking about life as I tend to do.  My thought process went something like this:

"Man I hope this thing fits after all this work! Oh well, even if it doesn't I'm still having fun knitting and I'm learning some new things along the way.  Hang on. This totally applies to dating. Wait, what?  No, it totally fits!  I should write a post about how knitting is like dating!"

So here you have it people.  Three reasons knitting is like dating:

The end result isn't guaranteed.

Will that sweater/hat/pair of mittens really fit?  How long is this relationship going to last?  In both knitting and dating you don't know what's going to happen in the end.  Sure you can try your best to control all the variables but in the end, there's no guarantee you'll get the result you want.  

Commitment is key.  

Strong relationships (dating or otherwise) and sweaters don't just magically happen on their own.  You've got to be willing to put in the work.  Pick your pattern & yarn, decide to go on that first date, and give it your all.

Enjoy the process.

You've taken that first step and even though you may not know how a project or a relationship will turn out, remember to enjoy the process!  You never know what you might learn along the way.   You still get to spend the time working with your hands or getting to know a person you find (hopefully!) interesting and fun.  Let yourself enjoy the journey.

Life and relationship lessons from knitting; who thought it was possible?  Yet another reason knitting is awesome.