Although I always like to say that gardening is a on-going learning experience, sometimes what I learn has nothing to do with gardening at all. Occasionally, looking at how each plant grows in a different way and has different needs, what I learn from my garden has to do with parenting. But sometimes with knitting: yes, gardening can teach a beginner knitter like me a thing or two.
Take our peas this year, which did very well this year despite a late snowfall and a very wet, cold spring. We've had plenty of tender, fresh peas from the vines to snack on, plenty to add to salads and quiche primavera, and plenty to shell and freeze. One night, Tom and I sat up waiting for one of our tennis players to come back from a tournament, shelling peas. Very romantic, in a rural sort of way.
That night, the knitting pattern I was struggling with - a lace pattern that I didn't seem to be able to memorize or get right - finally made sense! See here:
Pea pods! All I had to do was think of pea pods, and knit on.