Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Knit Through It...

During the last year ChezLinoleum has been a household plagued by such predicaments as my spouse's unemployment, my own stagnant salary combined with an increase in work hours, a condominium worth less than what we paid for it and oh so much more. Although I've done my share of complaining about my family's current straights, I find that vocalizing my discontent to be less than satisfying and pretty much solution-free. So, instead of constantly kvetching I have decided to completely immerse myself in productive activities outside my regularly scheduled work regimen. Meaning, needles, hooks, wheels, looms and sewing machinery are operating daily at top speed until my eyelids need propping open with toothpicks.

The beneficiary of my current compulsion to avoid and create is grateful for the increased production levels...



Yes, that is the offspring wearing her new Silk Shrug.



This pattern is from Erika Knight's Classic Knits book. I'm a big fan of Erika Knight patterns as I think she's a wonderful designer. Her work is smart, classic and the patterns are always well written. Two thumbs up as far as I'm concerned.



Lena picked out Kraemer Silk and Silver yarn in Heavenly Blue for this little sweater and I think she made a wonderful choice. Looks great on her!

Now that I've finished this delightful knit, I will be starting work on one of the cardigans in the same book. The next one is for me!

I am determined to knit (crochet, spin, weave and sew) my way through this difficult time...Call it coping or call it avoidance. All I know is that busy hands quell my worry. Now there's a solution!

10 comments:

woolanthropy said...

Your busy hands do beautiful work. The shrug is a knockout.

turtlegirl76 said...

I think that's a perfectly acceptable way of coping. =) The shrug looks great! (And your daughter is gorgeous)

Mia Cronan said...

Oh my goodness...your creations are wonderful. I do needlework for therapy. My five children, as yummy as they are, render me useless at the end of the day, so I knit or crochet. I will be visiting your blog often!

Allena said...

you're right keeping the hands working helps the mind calm down.
i like the shrug!

Michelle said...

So that's why I've made 16 hats since New Year's Eve.

cherie... said...

o my darling we seem to be in the same predicament and dealing with it the same way...only my output is a big wooden bowl of crocheted easter eggs to leave around the city all yarnbomb treasure hunt stylee!

hope things look up for you soon and wow what a lovely daughter!

xxx

Caroline B said...

If I didn't create, they'd have locked me up years ago! Hope things look up for you soon - beautiful shrug by the way!

Shelley said...

Crafts and my birds keep me from killing people and going to jail. The dog seems to be playing for the "Drive Shell Nuts" team, along with most of the free world, economy and anyone related to me.

So far the yarn is winning, but some days are a close race. And as I told my doctor on my last visit. "I only want to hit people when they say stupid things", seems like a reasonable response to me.

kay.skay.790 said...

That shrug is gorgeous! I always enjoy visiting and seeing what you've been working on.

P.S. I've nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger award! You can check my blog for details.

Anonymous said...

MOTHER I LOOK HORRIBLE IN THOSE PICTURES!