"At this point in my life
Done so many things wrong
Don't know if I can do right." -Tracy Chapman
I will never be good at lace knitting. My tendency to deal with life's hiccups by forging ahead and turning a blind eye to the inevitable mistakes and inconsistencies that occur, well, it doesn't work out so good in knitting lace. The many mistakes present in my shawl may be something I can live with, but they will be less acceptable to the discerning eye of any competent lace knitter.
But in the overall big scheme of things, and among the many mistakes I've made in my lifetime, it's no big deal.
"I shall know day from night
Until I die, but there are darknesses
That I am never to know, by day or night;
All which is one more weary thing to learn,
Always too late. There are some ills and evils
Awaiting us that God could not invent;
There are mistakes too monstrous for remorse
To fondle or dally with, and failures
That only fate's worst fumbling in the dark
Could have arranged so well."
-from Arthurian Poets (Tristram) by Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)