Have you ever noticed that most adages, proverbs and idioms have an antithesis that can be used in retort? Oft used Biblical examples include “A tooth for a tooth and eye for an eye” and “Turn the other cheek”. Still, smug individuals spew forth these trite proverbs to chagrin or motivate others. Their words do little more than annoy the target most of the time. Recipients usually nod politely or say nothing, all the while doing a mental eye roll. So why, oh why did I not tell myself to shut up when my inner voice dredged up “purls” of wisdom such as “quitters never win” and “patience is a virtue.” when I contemplated quitting my latest WIP. Instead I continued knitting the latest monstrosity.
Admittedly, my DH got under my skin when he called my sweater ugly and it’s true that I’m as stubborn as a mule. I’d rather cut off my nose to spite my face than listen to a non-knitting gamer-type person because we all know that birds of a feather flock together. His brutal truth prompted me to respond with “ugly in the cradle, pretty at the table.” and “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” I thought I was casting my pearls (purls) before swine and therefore soldiered on.
Turns out I should have thrown in the towel because pride goeth before the fall. Last night in the midst of the second sleeve I realized that you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. I slipped it on, looked in the mirror and believed what I saw.
During the next two hours of watching the X-Files I frogged the sleeves and part of the body.
My DH was wise enough to know that a closed mouth gathers no flies but that an open one with a foot in it can lead to a long night on the couch. Waste not want not. The hand spun yarn will be converted into some simple scarves and put away for a rainy day. As far as my refusal to give up on ugly knitting goes, I’m certain that history will indeed repeat itself.