Sunday, 27 January 2008

Knitting for ... pleasure!

Two weeks since I last blogged and just where to begin!

I've scarcely done any knitting over the past fortnight but have reflected a little on how I've used our hobby/passion over the past few months... Knitting, as I'm sure it does for many of us, has always been a source of relaxation and stress reduction for me - you become wholly absorbed in the creative process, don't you (unless its the dreaded Blue Mile jumper!!)?

SS2 had been living with us for the last 16 months or so. I use the word 'live' loosely as, to be brutally honest, it's felt far closer to 'survive' than anything else. I'm not going to go into specific details - but it does set the scene a little when I say I went into work in an acute mental health setting as a respite from our life here:( During this time, I often hid myself each night in the bedroom, knitting like fury and almost for sanity salvation, whilst remaining hyper vigilant to any sounds that came from outside my room ...

The long and short of it is that SS decided he no longer wanted to live with boundaries and reasonable rules and has returned to his mother's on a permanent basis. The change in our home is already amazing .... MrB and I can sleep during the night; MrB is able to go out to work for more than an hour at a time (helpful when you're self employed!); DD2 had her friends stay overnight this weekend; stress levels are way reduced ... We have had one crisis since though - MrB was admitted to hospital in the middle of the night last weekend with breathing difficulties. He was on oxygen and a nebuliser for much of the week but is now back home, armed with an inhaler. I'd to give him 'breathing/ inhaling' lessons when he got home - with both of us on the settee puffing away at our Salbutamol! Who says romance is dead;) PHEW! That's more than I planned to say .... but it's said! The other big change is that I'm knitting again for pleasure, rather than for sanity:)

That said, my paltry efforts to date have been these:

1) There's been some progress on the Blue Dingy Mile. Back and front are both done and sleeves will be cast on today.
2) DD1 asked for a knitted mobile phone cozy ... and here it is! I think it's a 4 ply Posh yarn - I snapped it up from a fellow forum member on Crafty Threads n' Yarns (Thank you, Pictish!). The pattern was designed by Nancy Mathews and is available at . I made a couple of little changes - a toggle and plaited hoop were added as fasteners. MissB has requested another already!

I posted it as my January entry to the Crafty Threads n'Yarns new yearly challenge... rather than making a pair of socks per month, we are attempting to make any item with sock yarn.

Sounds great fun - though doubt I'll manage any more than my less-than-overwhelming total of THREE items last year:)

3) There's only the neckband and sewing up to be done on the Noro short sleeves cardi.

I visited the LYS yesterday to purchase an additional ball of the Silk Garden for the neckline. There was only the neutral, nondescript grey section of the yarn left from each of the original balls and I really want to have some of the teal and green on show...

My stashalong is going as well as always;) I succumbed and assisted Terri ( with her de-stashing and bought the most beautiful Kilcarra arran (picture to be posted when the lovely squishy parcel arrives).

I've fancied knitting Pin Up Queen, from Stitch 'n Bitch The Knitter's Handbook, for some time and the delightful Murdo ( has helped me with library/pattern enhancement:)

I'd also been ogling at Sirdar's new Eco DK and had a smooze with it at the LYS. I fancied the Cabled Yoke cardi from the accompanying pattern book, but am less and less sure now. What do you think? To my mind the sleeves and the way the body attaches to the bodice looks a little lumpy??? And I am insightful enough to know that the Blether's body requires no additional bumps;) However, DD1 has placed a further order from the pattern book - the lace beret.

Fingers crossed and needles at the ready, we may have a FO by next weekend!

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Blogger ambermoggie said...

glad the stress is easing for you and that you can actually knit for fun:))
Hope the Mr is feeling better.
Sending hugs to you all

Sunday, January 27, 2008  
Blogger Auntie Noo said...

Sending hugs for a calmer and more peaceful household.

Sunday, January 27, 2008  
Blogger Queen of the froggers said...

Gosh, you have been throught it. I thought having the in laws for 3 weeks was bad!! Anyway, glad that life is looking up and knitting is being enjoyed. Best wishes for continued realaxation x

Sunday, January 27, 2008  
Blogger gilraen said...

Hugs and best wishes! I too am glad that things are settling down.

I can put productivity down to have a long and lingering cold and no social life for the past few weeks as both I and the weather improves the productivity will decline. :)

I love the green Noro top BTW!

Monday, January 28, 2008  
Blogger Jo said...

Here's to a stress free year of Happy Knitting, you seem to have several projects in the pipeline, I love that Noro Cardi but havent succumbed to the book yet!

Monday, January 28, 2008  
Blogger Sarah said...

Crikey - glad you are entering a happier phase and that knitting is there for fun now - what fun your WIPS sound - that Noro cardigan especially

Monday, January 28, 2008  
Blogger Piglottie said...

I'm glad to hear that life has calmed down for you as it sounds like you've really been through it lately. *hugs*

I love your mobile phone cover - very pretty yarn.

Monday, January 28, 2008  
Blogger Aknita said...

I am so pleased life is calmer - long may it continue. All good wishes to Mr B too, I hope he continues to recover.

Monday, January 28, 2008  
Blogger Amanda said...

I'm glad to hear stress is decreasing and knitting can be pleasurable again! It's always nice that knitting can be a way of stress-reduction (sometimes at work, I find myself counting down the minutes to lunch when i can get in a half-hour of knitting and destress), but it's even better when its just plain FUN. Hopefully the pleasurable knitting can continue for you.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008  
Blogger Hawkesley said...

I'm sorry to hear you have had such a stressful time lately. I'm glad things are getting back to normal for you now :-)

Lovely phone cozy. I recognise that yarn ... I'm sure I knitted a pair of socks with it.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008  
Blogger Jo028 said...

Hi, glad things seem to be calmer for you now. You must have the patience of a saint to knit the blue mile for DD! I love the phone cosy & the Noro top is going to be gorgeous :)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008  
Blogger Mandella said...

Sounds like some nice, stressless knitting is absolutely what you need right now!

Thursday, January 31, 2008  
Blogger blog-blethers said...

I can't tell you how much your kind thoughts mean...

Thursday, January 31, 2008  
Blogger Riggwelter said...

Gosh, you have had a bit of time of it haven't you? Hope Mr B is feeling much better now, and hope the stress levels continue to lower and life begins to sort itself out.

(((big hugs)))

love the phone cozy!

Friday, February 01, 2008  
Blogger RoxyKnits said...

Glad to hear things are on the up now and hope that knitting gets to be relaxing and enjoyable again ;)

Monday, February 04, 2008  
Blogger Fiona said...

Glad to hear Mr B is feeling better.

Lovely to be knitting for fun rather than stress relief.

Saturday, February 09, 2008  
Blogger Seahorse said...

Bless you for retaining a sense of humour in trying (!) circumstances.

Here's to a calmer future :)

Saturday, February 09, 2008  
Blogger dreamcatcher said...

Glad to hear things are looking up and you can knit for relaxation again! Sorry to hear of the Mr's illness, hope he's feeling better now.

There should be a PIF parcel winging its way to you fairly soon too :-)

Sunday, February 10, 2008  
Blogger Riggwelter said...

you've made my day (come see my blog)

Friday, February 15, 2008  
Blogger natalie said...

Well done for surviving 16 months.


Sunday, February 17, 2008  

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