It really gets to me. It isn't hard work, but it is taxing (pun intended) and must be perfect. So after a few hours of figures and forms, I MUST have a break.
My salvation from this swamp of seriously serious stuff is fiber. Fabulous fiber in any form or fashion! No, really, just two forms -- fabric and yarn.
Here's my footstool in front of my chair -- oops, that red doesn't show off the yarn, does it?
Much better! This yarn is absolutely a delight to knit with -- it is Marlowe by Juniper Moon Farm, half merino and half silk. Luscious! I bought two balls when we were on vacation last October at the cutest yarn shop called The Sow's Ear, in Verona, Wisconsin, just outside Madison. It's a combination coffee/yarn shop -- absolutely darling. It was recommended to me by Susan B. Anderson of Itty Bitty Knits, and she couldn't have sent me to a neater place.
Now this Marlowe is being knitted into a prayer shawl for a friend who was recently diagnosed with cancer. She is taking radiation for the next six weeks. My needles need to fly so that I can put this shawl, knitted with purls and prayers, in the mail RIGHT AWAY. The pattern is called Weaver's Wool Mini Shawl and is free here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/weavers-wool-mini-shawl
How can I tell you how much I love ravelry? The best website in the whole wide web for knitters -- such a great source of inspiration and help.
Back to fiber: I just finished this sweet little cowl, the pattern for which also came from ravelry and can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/malabrigo-neck-thingie.
Yes, this is a darling neck thingie. It will be a valentine next week for someone very sweet. Imagine it scrunched down and keeping the cold winter wind away from that someone's neck -- if it ever gets cold again.
I only knit at night, when the television is putting us to sleep. But sometimes I need a daytime break, and that's where my other fiber love comes into play. See this new stack of freshly washed and ironed fabric that yearns to become a quilt? I'm thinking of using a pattern from a quilt designer of inestimable talents, Jo Morton:
Can you turn your head sideways (shoot -- I forgot to rotate before upload) and see that the name of this book is called Remembrances? Perfect for this stack of love that reminds me of olden times.
Should I use this pattern....
or this one?
No matter - they are both simple and would show off the fabrics equally, I think.
Now, to just finish these reports and spend a day in heaven (aka, my sewing room.)
Okay, I'm heading back to work -- just touching and handling these yarns and fabrics has given me the break I needed.
Where do you find refreshment?