Whirlwind Calmed by Knitting…

I feel like I’ve been constantly busy, and yet I have nothing to say. Weird, huh? I blame it all on Twitter. Twitter has eaten my brain. If I can cram it all into 140 characters, do I really have that much to say?

Last week I had several meetings that I scheduled while Mike was out of town the week before. They needed to be in the evening, and I didn’t want to leave Jason home alone for extended periods of time on a school night. I looked forward to Friday, as I’ve made myself set a standing personal appointment with Twisted Yarns and the Friday knitting circle to make sure I get away from the computer! (I move it if I have to, but I really try to avoid doing that — I find that taking a break is actually a good thing!)

When I went to the yarn shop, I brought along all of the pieces of my Cambridge Jacket that I knit out of the Brooks Farm 4-Play yarn and handed it off to LynnAnne to do the seaming for me. The pieces have been done for well over a month now, and it was just sitting there waiting to be seamed. I would rather knit something new. My spare time seems to be quite valuable these days, and why spend it with something I don’t love doing? I feel a little bit like I’m cheating, and at the same time a huge weight to finish it is lifted off of my shoulders. So that made it all worth it. Once she finishes with that, I still have to put on the collar and do the crochet edging, so it isn’t quite finished yet. I have a feeling I won’t be wearing it this winter unless I turn the air conditioning on really cold in the house!

Two weeks ago I started the “Do Your Own Math” shawl available to Knit at Night Guild members – basically a garter stitch shawl. Another one of the Twisted Yarn knitters had made one some time back, and I bought the 5 skeins of Mountain Colors Bearfoot needed that very day, so inspired by hers! (It didn’t help that it was the holiday gumball sale that day – I got the yarn at 20% off!) As I started, restarted, and restarted it again, I realized that while the joy of being wrapped in Bearfoot is a good thing, I’m also less likely to wear a shawl because I’m not very tall and it might make me look like a big blob. I also noted that the gauge I was getting was pretty spot on with the gauge required by the Einstein Coat, which I have wanted to make for years. I’ve never made one though, because it was going to be too heavy if made out of regular yarn for regular Texas wear. But the sock yarn, knit loosely? So far, fabulous! So we’ll see if it all works out. I’m 50 ridges into the 166 or so required for the bottom half of the coat; it has been going very fast! I *heart* Garter Stitch!

Yes, photos. Uhm, I seem to be terrible about taking personal photos lately. Working on that – photos to follow, hopefully.

Friday night our friend Brittany came over to knit with me (she is working on the shawl that I had started, since I inspired her to do it – and then stopped making mine), and we all watched “Grandma’s Boy”. Oh goodness. That was just hysterical. Seriously hysterical. It seemed I needed a good mindless movie. I keep quoting lines from it to Mike! Plus how can you resist a movie where the main character is a video game testers, where they don’t play with bad boosters at all, when people would love to have that kind of job, trying the latest games and hardware as the processor from this amd fx 6300 3.5 ghz 6 core processor review. Oh, and there was knitting in the movie, which made it all appropriate!

I have been knitting more today along with getting housework done. I feel a lot calmer going in to Monday, and I attribute a lot of that to the joy of wool!

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

2 replies on “Whirlwind Calmed by Knitting…”

Knitting does calm the soul. But knitting and “Grandma’s Boy” is just how you roll. I love that movie its so hilarious, and yes mindless, but hilarious! I quote that movie all the time too. Glad you were able to take a break and unwind. 🙂

Meli, I totally LOVE that you know about “Grandma’s Boy” – it is one of those little gems that I somehow missed. I’ve asked Mike to prep it for the iPod for whenever I need a fix.

“It’s soooooo coooooooold… It’s soooooo cooooooold when you’re deaaaaaaaaad…”

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