Unintended Consequences

I stayed up late last night in an attempt to finish the next section of the pattern. It didn’t happen. I was too tired to make good headway so I gave in and went to bed. That meant there was no blog post this morning. So you’ll get this rambling one late.

I’ve been thinking a lot about unintended consequences lately. If you have a look around they seem to be a pandemic in themselves.

I could go on and on paragraph after paragraph with all the ones I see and are directly annoying me but I won’t. We aren’t here to listen to me whine (mostly) so I’m just going to talk about the knitting one that is of my own doing. I’ve said a lot of things about my knitting. I’ve never taken a formal class. It’s my hobby not a business. I’ve got to be having fun or forget it. So I find myself slipping into knitting comfort zones. I pick projects that I want to wear because they are my style but then on the fly I have to learn something new, like German short rows, and it makes the knitting feel a little more like work than pleasure. Then I gently berate myself for not taking pleasure more in the learning and not picking patterns with new lessons to learn. It’s a whole thing but really it comes down to the unintended consequences of making decisions without considering the ripples.

Life has a lot of ripples. Our little boats float along on these ripples often taking us to places we never expected to be. Our ripples make ripples for others. Be aware of your ripples.

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14 Responses to Unintended Consequences

  1. sewadilly says:

    Wow, you must be reading my mind in your feelings, it does make me feel not so alone hearing you saying same words I feel. On we go, hip hip cherry-o Think I hear needles clickin’ for us both. 🙂

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    • http://homenewshere.com/news/state/article_bb9d675c-dd6e-11ea-8ef2-9f01dbe45898.html
      This article is just one of the many unintended consequences I’m witnessing. No one intended there to be another victim but using what I’d call misguided ideas the wrong person was bailed. The DA and judge are much better at determining how likely a person is to reoffend and bail is set according. The accused’s lawyer can argue that the bail is too high. But when uninformed people who think they know what is best interfere we end up with another crime and another victim who will have lifelong consequences. This hurts everyone.


  2. kathyreeves says:

    Ripples…that is the word indeed! I am afraid that most of the adult population no longer understands the concept of ripples.

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  3. It’s fine to make your own decisions about what you knit or want to knit. I never want to learn how to do set in sleeves, quite happy for pretty much every sock I knit for myself having exactly the same heel I like. If you need to vent the frustrations you experience then I personally don’t mind reading them, it builds a stronger connection for some but I guess it may alienate others depending on what you are venting about. This is a crazy time and I hope some positive unexpected consequences come your way soon. x

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    • I have a strict no politics or political adjacent discussion on the front page of my blog (anything flies in the comments though). I believe that our common love of fiber arts can bring vastly different people together for positive conversation when in real life we may never come in contact because we live in different places or don’t share other interests. I try to relate larger issues (the unintended consequences of releasing a previously convicted rapist who has been arrested for the same crime again) to small ones (like not bothering to read through the pattern and having to learn something new). Both situations create a different problem. I’m fully aware that my tiny knitting problem pales in comparison to a victim of rape but the overarching unintended consequence is a theme. Sometimes people get so wrapped up in their view that they can’t see how someone else could hold a different position. I hope that by looking a tiny unintended consequence and seeing the ripples it creates one person out there will look at a bigger situation with the same eye.

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      • Oh I see and understand x

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      • How did rape end up in the same bucket as misdemeanors, where bail (most often for people of color) is set so that the miscreant ends up unable to pay, losing a job, and all the other consequenses of making a mistake? That’s my understanding of the objective of bail reform – to keep a relatively minor mistake from ruining a life, all too often applied unevenly. Rape, child molestation, battery, murder – these crimes where victims are seriously injured should not be treated the same.

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      • I’m hoping that this news story, which has already faded from local tv news, will be a warning for other parts of the US where there are bail funds receiving large donations. If they too bail out repeat offenders who commit crimes against women and children they should be held accountable for the damage they cause.


  4. Alissa Head says:

    I’m experiencing a lot of my own ripples at work. So I’m keeping my knitting as simple as possible right now. Heartbreaking article.

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  5. That is a terribly sad article – agree that people often times do not think about consequences.

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  6. Olivia says:

    I have 9 children. This was my instruction to them everyday. Carelessness is not the same as accidents. If only we all lived as if the othernpersons life mattered as much as our own…
    I fear for humankind.

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  7. ReginaMary says:

    I will mind my ripples. Don’t be so hard on yourself with your knitting. You have your own style and comfort zone. There are no rules in knitting. Knit what you like with what you like. I know many a happy knitter who never ventures beyond the baby blanket. Really. You are a wonderful knitter and I love the patterns you select. None of my knitter friends are schooled in anything other than YouTube!

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  8. Stefanie says:

    Yay for getting past half way.

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