Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The Sweater and the Bumble Bee

When I was 30-ish or so, I learned the basics of knitting. And then I made a sweater. It was a long-sleeve pull-over with a hood, and there were all kinds of cable patterns on it. It was too big, but basically it worked pretty well and I wore it for a long time.

It wasn't until after I was finished that I discovered the sweater required advanced knitting skills -- no way was it a beginner's project. Fortunately I didn't know it so I managed it just fine. Sort of like the bumblebee who can't really fly but doesn't know it so she does it anyway. (Sidenote: the bumblebee can too fly).

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about this huge project I want to do. No, it's not knitting. I've only told one person about it and she told me I was nuts. It's definitely way beyond my present skill level; on the other hand, it's not beyond what I'm capable of learning. And my ideas are reasonably well developed and might even turn out to be halfway decent.

So I've been thinking about that old sweater. Should I take on a project that is way beyond my abilities? Even if it will take years and will probably never bring in a penny?



  1. If I had something I felt strongly about and didn't do it (or at least try), I'm sure I'd look back with regret.

  2. Dearie,
    If you want to do it, just do it!
    After all, all the great projects in history were impossible!
    If it's just a computer project, just e-mail me if you have any questions, I can beat a programmer until they tell me what you want to know!
    Of course, if it is something that requires cooking skills (like boiling an egg), then I ususally make other people do those things for me, and I wouldn't be able to help you.

  3. You cannot learn anything if you stay within your current skills and abilities.

    And from what I know of you - which is really very little - you don't seem to be one who is motivated by financial gain or what other people think of you.

    I say: Just do it.