Tuesday, 19 September 2006

I need therapy!

Arrrggghhhhhhhh (at decibel level 103)!!! Oh, that feels better - a scream in cyber space to let off some frustration and steam! I haven't posted for too long and have to admit I have missed rambling on here. It's amazing how much clearer things feel when you can quietly reflect whilst punching the keyboards! Have been back at work for several weeks now and am not sure if its that work is even more chaotic and stressful than normal - or if its more about the realisation of how much multi-tasking we need in order to attempt to juggle the multiple roles many of us find ourselves facing??? Am sure these stressors are compounded by the fast approaching new academic year and the too-recent-to-be-a-fond/distant-memory of hammering away at the keyboard at 3am on the most pressing Masters assignment ... having a couple of fretful hours sleep, before having to rise again at 6.30am to head off to work and start the whole cycle over again?? So much for Ivory Towers! Having purposely blanked the whole process from my mind over the summer, I have made some progress - albeit only a meeting!

Stress management techniques have been introduced - which translates as sock knitting! I have been ploughing away at my 'knitting hall of shame' and plan to felt the Ringo bag (pattern by Sue Morgan at http://www.getknitted.com/acatalog/Accesories.html) over the weekend. I love felting though am a relative novice but find something strangely therapeutic about shrinking a knitted item on purpose rather than stomach churning accident! The Wendy Fusion bolero only needs half a front and the ribbing done (note the way I have managed to obliterate the sewing up from that process!). However, I have sought refuge in my sanity saving sock department and have completed a shortened pair of Jaywalkers ( by Grumperina at http://magknits.com/Sept05/patterns/jaywalker.htm) for DD1 in Lorna's Laces Aslan and have nearly completed another Jaywalker in Lana Grossa for DD2. Jaywalkers, I found, is an almost hypnotic pattern, based on only 2 rows ... easy to commit to memory and to knit whilst relaxing, watching TV or listening to DD2 chuntering on, on her topic of the night! Pics will be posted whenever I have managed to contain/bribe DD1/2 simultaneously!


Blogger Daisy said...

I agree about Jaywalkers - very therapeutic and they look fantastic!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006  
Blogger Badger said...

Sock knitting as therapy is a fantastic idea! Bring on the Koigu!

Thursday, September 21, 2006  
Blogger blog-blethers said...

oohhhh badger, you are corrupting me now!! Make me finishe this pair BEFORE I break into the alluring koigu (it's beckoning as we speak!). Am undecided if its destined to be a pair of Jaywalkers or I love the cable pattern that was posted recently in the forum ...

Thursday, September 21, 2006  
Blogger sarah said...

Hows dd2 doing now she is back a school?
What are you studying? (If you have posted this on your blog in the past please forgive me for not knowing.)
Am thinking of knitting socks sometime soon, I have never tried it before!

Friday, September 22, 2006  
Blogger blog-blethers said...

Thank you so much for asking about DD2, Sarah. At the moment, I seem to have a reformed child here who is working hard at school and is trying really hard with her homework etc and not just doing the bare minimum she can get away with:)! How's E enjoying college? Has she settled well into 'student' life?

Sunday, September 24, 2006  
Blogger sarah said...

Em is loving every minute! The course has no exam, so she has to work hard all the way through! Homework is done as soon as she gets it, She is even researching extra stuff! It is so different now that everything is about her favourite subject, Sport. Already had dislocated R mid finger(MCP joint)from basketball.

Monday, September 25, 2006  
Blogger blog-blethers said...

Am so pleased to hear Em's has settled in so quickly and is applying herself so well - must be fantastic to see her enjoying her studies so much. Hope her finger has fully recovered and not getting in the way of any sport/study action!

Saturday, September 30, 2006  

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