Monday, September 29, 2008

Bloggin' on

I have been rendered silent while witnessing current events here in the States over the last few weeks. As many of you know, I work in the financial services industry, investment banking to be specific, and because of this my job has become pretty insane. Oh, this isn't to say that my firm or my position are in any kind of jeopardy (at least not in the near future). No, in fact we are one of the few healthy institutions out there. Debt free! However, we are not worry free. Anyone who lives and breathes in this country will eventually feel the effects of the events we've seen in the last few weeks whether you're sailing around in your yacht or clippin' coupons for your next grocery store run. Everyone at the cube farm understands this.

Needless to say, despite my relative job security, I've still been a bit depressed. My husband has been out of work since February (for the third time in three years) so our country's economic woes hit home a while ago. I am still in court with my ex-husband regarding his visitation and support for our daughter (will this ever end?). Oh, and in addition to working full-time at the cube farm, I teach knitting and crochet on the weekends and I do design work for publications in the evenings. I don't get much time for relaxation and worry is the weight that I carry about my shoulders each and every day. I wager that if I didn't have yarn to lift my spirits at the end of each day, I'd need a straight jacket and a dribble cup.

Speaking of which, while I've been watching our economy go down the tubes, I've been doing a bit of spinning. Like that segue, eh?

I am beginning to thread ply some of my wool singles...


"Seeing Red", approximately 400 yards, light worsted.


"Pretty in Pink", approximately 500 yards, light worsted.

I've also been trying my hand at spinning cotton. This is not the easiest fiber on the planet to spin, let me tell you! Nonetheless, I am getting better...



Spinning definitely soothes my overworked soul.

In addition to my nightly trysts with yarn, I have something else to look forward to...Halloween!! Definitely my favorite season.

I have lots of tricks and treats in store for you all, so stay tuned!

Ahhh, definitely feeling better after blogging a bit. Got to remember that you guys also have the ability to lift my spirits as well!

11 comments:

corvustristis said...

I don't work in the financial industry, but this clusterf... erm, mess has me a bit anxious too. I get the sense that we could be on the brink of a very deep pit.

I've got to start keeping a list of things that lift my spirits for hard times. Like anything worth having, happiness takes a lot of work.

PurpleBecca said...

I know your blog lifts MY spirits!!

Besides, you could always come up with a crochet pattern for a hooverville house once we hit rock bottom!

Jim said...

i know what u mean, tomorrow marks 2 years i have been out of work. i go on job interviews and the problem is i have too much experience, they'd rather hire an idiot off the street who doesn't know what they are doing than hire someone who does and does it well. also i love the colors of the yarn. would love to get my hands on some of that for the dog sweaters i crochet for my pug.

Aurora said...

Wow, I am really sorry you both are going through so much, then you keep yourself to busy.......I am in awe of ya......

Madge said...

*hugs* Keep the faith, sister. Your blog always cheers me up, too.

And it's almost HALLOWEEN. Yipppeee!

Caroline B said...

Worrying times indeed - over here in the UK too. Glad I have a job & plenty of freelance coming in for the first time ever. Lovely lovely yarn you made...when the worst happens, those of us able to be self-sufficient will prevail...gulp!

woolanthropy said...

Interesting times we are living in. Glad we have yarn to sooth our souls and glad you are spinning such deliciousness.

Anonymous said...

Good luck! I understand completely. I do believe creativity can save us. And hang in there. You are in all our thoughts.

Melissa said...

Just yesterday the spousal unit and the youngest son and I were driving north for youngest son's football game, we saw cotton fields. I have always taken those fields for granted growing up in the south but they aren't exactly all over north west Florida, so it was exciting for me because believe it or not swamps and beaches can get a little boring, so the youngest son asks, "what do you do with the cotton", and the spousal unit asks, "do you spin that like you would wool from sheep?" I didn't have an answer, now I see you can spin cotton!

Actually my true response was buy me a spinning wheel and we'll see if it spins up just like wool.

Obsidian Kitten said...

spinning is excellent therapy for me as well. you reminded me i ought to get back to it now that we're finally settled in back here on the east coast.

halloween is always good therapy too!

Shelley said...

I had approximitly three months of unemployment this year spread out between temp assignments. I'm totally feeling you hubbie's pain.

Also I hear custody problems only last until the kid is under legal age. The ex being an ass however, lasts forever.