Anticipation of the Journey

Filed in Out of Our Head by on March 6, 2014 4 Comments

If you have followed the blog at all over the past few months you know Kellie and I have been going through a lot of changes. Each one has been filled with excitement, hope and anticipation.

Photo Credit: Jeff Power via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: Jeff Power via Compfight cc

Each step along the way, we could see some of the path before us, but there was (and still is) always a portion that is out of view. We think we know where this path is headed and what to expect, but are also aware that we might be surprised at something just around the bend. Luckily this type of anticipation brings me great excitement and joy. There is always the possibility that something might go wrong, but my generally optimistic tendencies make it just as easy to visualize it going extremely well.

Ignorance Can Be Good

I have often said that “ignorance can be a wonderful thing” — specifically when you don’t know something is “hard” or “likely to fail” you just plow along anticipating success. My first knitting project as a child was not the standard scarf, but instead a hat. And not the garter stitch hat that my mother wanted me to make but the significantly cooler ribbed had with a pom-pom on top! How hard could it be…right?!?


My second knitting project, about 7 -8 years later, ignorance once again came to the rescue. I was trying to find to buy a sweater just the right color for my senior year of high school. But hey, I knew how to knit, so why not just make one?! So I did! I didn’t know knitting a sweater was supposed to be difficult or that your first one should not fit properly, so I just made it and wore it for a number of years. Quite honestly, if I was a bit smaller in girth, I could probably get away with wearing it today without TOO many sideways glances!


A Willingness to Risk

As I moved into adulthood this “how bad could it be” attitude has generally served me well. It is not that there haven’t been challenges and failures, because I have experienced both. It is just that I knew if I kept striving to move forward there would be something new around the bend.

So where one marriage failed, I was willing to marry again. And this time I ended up with Arlis, BHE (Best Husband Ever)! Where I had an employee stealing and then selling the stolen goods under my company name, I was able to employ people once again. Their loyalty ensured Knitability continued when it might otherwise had closed. Where one business partnership resulted in personal disappointment, I was able to partner with Kellie in our new venture. Tomorrow our first major milestone will be met with the launch of EduKnit and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Anticipating What’s Next

As Two Sides – Two Points continues down our path there is no way to know exactly what will be ’round the bend. Obviously, most of our time and attention for the next several months will be focused on developing and delivering the new content for EduKnit, but we know there will be other things that will pop up along the way.

It is much like what I tell my students who are newer knitters and just beginning to explore patterns:

Read through the pattern. If NONE of make any sense, you probably should pass and try another. But if most of it does, then give it a go. Often the thing that doesn’t make sense during the first read-through will totally make sense once you are there in the knitting.

So I continue to look forward to what is next. I’m enjoying the path that I am on, but also anticipating what might be around the bend. But most importantly I am grateful for each of you who has been on this journey with us. Whether you have been with us for the entire 4 years or you just joined us today, we appreciate the company and look forward to many more days ahead!


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  • Carol F Metzger

    May I quote you regarding choosing a pattern?

    • gwen_bortner

      Of course! That’s what we are here for…to share information and help make the knitting process easier!

  • Carol h

    The photos are great. I hear in your writing a lot of “everything happens for a reason, and we don’t have to know why”. I have come to believe that is so true and am looking forward to the next chapter in my life. I jump back and forth between trying to “make plans” and just letting things happen as they may….trusting it will all be ok. Thanks for your insights!

    • gwen_bortner

      I am a bit of both a “planner” and a “go-with-the-flow” person as well. I am glad you found the post insightful!