K2 with MC, k1 CC, k3 MC...
While working on my Prickly Thistle Mittens, I was thinking about knitting from charts. I never know whether to place my (whatever I am using to mark my place) above or below the row I am currently knitting, especially when the chart is on my computer or tablet. I can only look above or behind; there's no in between. It's important to see what I have done in previous rows to make sure I'm knitting the current row correctly, but I also want to know what's ahead - are there any surprises I forgot about? When do I start the decreases? How much farther? To help myself keep better track of where I am, I usually arrange my charts so I am looking at the past.
But this problem started me thinking. How often do we, in life, want to know what's up ahead? Some days, I would prefer to live in dreams of the future rather than the present. But that's the thing - the future is only a dream. All I can know is what is behind me and what I am doing right now. I can make plans, hope, and look at calendars.
But, like my mitten chart, I might know what I want the future to look like but I cannot guarantee that what I do will look like the plan, like the pattern.
Obviously, this metaphor can only go so far - in knitting, I can rip back and try again, while in life I can try things again but I cannot erase the past. But maybe that's part of what we love about knitting: it's forgiving. If we make a mistake, we can fix it and no one will ever know.
Then again, that's what makes life life. We cannot change what we have done. We can, however, learn from it and move forward accordingly.