Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Feeling Zen

The other night The Greatest found me in the kitchen, quietly weighing my yarn on the kitchen scale.

"What are you doing?"

"I'm weighing my yarn."  Because weighing yarn is what everyone uses their kitchen scale for right?   To be quite honest I don't think our kitchen scale has ever been used for any sort of kitchen purpose, like measuring food.  I'm always using it to weigh my recycled yarn.  I've got no idea what the yardage on those yarns are, but the weight combined with the wpi gives me a helpful jumping off point.  The only other time I've seen the scale being used is when The Greatest was using it to weigh Meaty's pine wood derby car.

But The Greatest must not have felt weighing yarn was such an ordinary thing because he followed his question with another question.

"Why?"

I explained to him that I was worried about running out of yarn, so I wanted to see how much yarn I had used, and how much yarn I still had left.

I had used about 100 grams.  I was over half-way through the body.  I had 160 grams of yarn left.  On paper I should be just fine.  I had way more weight total than the pattern called for.  But I have a nagging feeling in the back of my mind that I'm going to run out of yarn when I knit the sleeves.

He agreed I should be fine.

I told him "Well, I really won't know until I know.  Then I'll know."

And isn't that how life goes.

You don't really know how things are going to go.

Until you know.

Then you know.

If only I could be as zen about other aspects of my life as I am with my knitting.

8 comments:

Kaye said...

Ha ha! Love it! Very true at my house too.
Except I did get to use my kitchen scale for Chunky's science fair project involving dissolving chicken bones in liquid.

Andria said...

He he he, I use my scale to weigh yarn all the time. And postage. I keep it in the kitchen, but use it there.....no.

Chrisknits said...

Of course, you do know that you just have to knit faster to keep from running out of yarn. I use a scale, but I need one that is more exact. Mine has such a small base. It has a cup that fits on the scale, but I have never had yarn small enough to fit in the cup. So I end up trying to balance the cake, ball, skein on top of the small platform. It gets pretty ridiculous at times. LOL

Emily said...

So true! You'll never know until you start ...

Natalie Buehler said...

God luck, I do hope you will have enough yarn till the very end.
Look forward to the end result.
x

Cathy said...

Of course kitchen scales are for weighing yarn, or fibre, what else would you need it for, mine doesn't even live in the kitchen, it's on the table in my fibre corner ;-)

Carmela Biscuit said...

How true for my kitchen scale too :) It's in the kitchen, of course, but I only weigh yarn on it. Because I often buy only enough for a project, but you know, you never know if it's enough until you know :)))

Nancy McCarroll said...

So true, so true.