13 Dec

knitting requires focus
slip one, yarn over, knit two together
distracting noises and conversation

ripping out
starting over
dammit dammit dammit

meditate on the pattern
stay in the moment
just knit

Ruby likes to help me knit

More Distraction poems at One Single Impression.
All content written by Liza Lee Miller unless otherwise noted.
© 2008, Liza Lee Miller. Creative Commons License


14 Responses to “Distractions”

  1. gautami tripathy 13 December, 2008 at 11:28 pm #

    I like the single minded inherent in here!


  2. Edward S. Gault 14 December, 2008 at 12:08 am #

    The Zen of knitting , I like it!
    Great Poem.
    Thank You!

  3. Nathalie (Spacedlaw) 14 December, 2008 at 1:15 am #

    Wonderful way of expressing distraction.

  4. anthonynorth 14 December, 2008 at 3:14 am #

    Enjoyed this. Reminded me of my wife during our baby days – cardies, mits, you name it.

  5. SandyCarlson 14 December, 2008 at 3:31 am #

    I love it. Now I know why I was never successful at it.

    Your poem makes me think of the ladies I know who knit prayer shawls. For them the work is a gift of meditation and prayer. Thanks for the humor as well as the insight.

  6. Barb's Haiku 14 December, 2008 at 4:24 am #

    I haven’t had the time to quilt, knit or crochet in quite a while, but I preferred the terms, “un-sewed” and “un-knitted” to “ripping out”. It seemed to indicate that I had actually planned to do it! hahaha!

  7. Beth Patterson 14 December, 2008 at 8:59 am #

    Hi, Liza–
    I can sooooo relate…
    Thanks for the smiles and the remembrance that distractions can be the path home to attention and intention…

  8. Deborah Godin 14 December, 2008 at 11:52 am #

    So much wisdom here, not to mention humor. And the photo made me smile even more – no wonder knitting is so hard, you have no opposable thumbs!!

  9. Haiku Tuna 14 December, 2008 at 12:01 pm #

    This is so true! I am a beginner crocheter and have unraveled many a time due to distractions.

  10. Raven 14 December, 2008 at 12:54 pm #

    Fun poem and I love the photo. The ultimate distraction… the 4-legged assistant.

  11. Tumblewords 15 December, 2008 at 10:47 am #

    Love this – I haven’t done any knitting, sewing or crocheting since I found the computer which has a nifty ‘delete’ key. I’m waiting for the techs to come up with needles and hooks bearing the same easy un-do.

  12. patois 16 December, 2008 at 9:50 am #

    Such dedication. Love the middle part. And that photo is a pure delight.

  13. pieceofpie 17 December, 2008 at 1:55 pm #

    now that is hilarious!!! i have a young kitty who loves to sneak into my yarn… oh the stories.. thank you for making me laugh..!!

  14. writetoday 18 December, 2008 at 2:45 pm #

    Oh yes I remember ripping it out. Such fun, I really enjoyed your “distraction” thank you.

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