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The Art of Slow Knitting

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Ahh…. winter is on its slow way out and I’m still working on several knitting projects for winter-time wearing…. The Art of Slow Knitting is really a thing for me. I am admittedly a slow knitter… because I enjoy the process of knitting. Especially when its a pattern I’ve done before and can knit without even watching what I’m doing. Which means I can watch a knitting podcast or get deep into a good audio book.

I see no negative to knitting slowly… I enjoy the feel of fiber in my fingers, I enjoy watching the item imerge from nothing. There are so many positives to breathing through the process of knitting an item. I brings my mind back to writing/painting icons at church. Each brush stroke inhabits a prayer…. that’s what we were taught during iconography class. So when I’m knitting, every stitch has deep thought and prayer built in. I like to think about who will be wearing this item, in what circumstance will it be worn? Will it be a gift for a new baby? A pair a socks for a loved one?

During the winter I had my finished items for sale at a local artisan market space. I feel like you get a better sense of a knitted item when you can touch it, and then the spark of imaging what it would be like to wear it…. than buying it online. But with covid, online is our go-to right now.

I miss the days of sitting down with coffee and my girlfriends knitting and chatting the afternoon away. I really hope that we can get back to that soon.. until then, there virtual gatherings which will have to do, though its very much not the same.

What will be the first thing you do when you are welcomed to venture farther than your front door? For me… its coffee & knitting with friends.

Stay safe and sane my friends!

Till then love….

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Stressing Out…

In the midst of quarantine…I went back to work…. I really enjoyed my quite, peaceful mornings, sitting at my kitchen table, listening to the birds outside the window…. and working feverishly to implement a new EMR (Electronic Medical Records) software program for the medical practice I work for… to say I’ve been stressed is an understatement. When the world around us came to a screeching halt… my life was a frantic, rushed, overtime ridden rollercoaster. Not only did the office reduce hours and staff (except mine), but implementing a new, COMPLETELY new, software system has been very stressful. All staff needs to be trained – at home, via google meets with poor connection, and set to a deadline that the physician/owner wants implemented RIGHT NOW… thus putting the cart before the horse, so I have to figure out how to set up said new software without having any idea how to navigate it! At work, I am the go-to person, the workhorse… but this…. this had me secretly crying after my husband left for work and I could be alone to cry out my stress….this project was more work than any one person should be subjected to… and working days off and weekends to get it all up and running…..well… I’m tired. So tired that my knitting had to take a back seat…. so tired I didn’t want to work out… so tired I just wanted to sit and stare at the wall… my brain is FRIED.

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I worked from home the entire month of April, before being called back this month. During the month of April, I celebrated my birthday, alone (my husband was on night shift), and in the basement waiting out a tornado…. My thoughts were that this tornado is exactly how my emotions are…. I had been moody, tired, stressed and overall just wanted to throw things and scream at people, but I can’t do that, because I’m social distancing….. I think mother nature picked up on my mood, and brought out the tornado. I quickly realized, that this tornado, at 11:30pm, was in fact, a direct reflection on my attitude and I’m stuck in the basement, on my birthday, alone, getting ready to kiss my ass goodbye….

My home office

Needless to say, being the relatively work organized person I am, I was able to find a way to get everything set up and ready to go, without loosing my mind. Thankfully, going back to the office this month, I could spread out all my To-Do lists in my office vs the kitchen table… and my stress came down and I was able to spend some evening time working on my Navelli sweater – just in time for spring/summer wearing!

How are you coping during the global pandemic? Did you stress cry like I did? Did you exercise the stress away? Or work on home improvement projects like a lot of my friends were able to do?

KNITTING

So… my knitting! Yes, I finally finished the Navelli sweater that I started with The Knitters Are Here for our New Year’s Eve cast-on… I didn’t work on it for hours every night, just when I could and when I had the mental facilities’ to do so…

Details about my first colorwork sweater – The Navelli by Caitlin Hunter

As I stated, I started on December 31st 2019 and finished May 15th 2020…. just in time for spring/summer. I really enjoyed the colorwork section and reading a chart for the first time, I really didn’t think I would, and was super knitter-stressed about it… but it actually reminded me a lot of doing counted-cross stitch so I found myself really enjoying it.. but it did take some uber-concentration though… and not having a death grip on the yarn causing the knitting to be to tight…but I blew threw that and then went on the to main body, rotating skeins of yarn to avoid color pooling… I searched YouTube and watched numerous videos about alternating skeins in the round to decide on how I wanted to tackle that part…. and it worked beautifully! Head over to my Ravelry page (DarcillaAnn) to see info about my project and over to Instagram to see pictures of the process.

Just finishing the colorwork and starting the main body

Well.. more work to be done around the house, more knitting for the shop… and of course, more crazy software implementation to complete….

Till then Love…