Knit long and prosper
Tuesday March 30th 2010, 11:46 pm
Filed under: Knit,Life

Today was–well, tomorrow is a do-over. I’m looking forward to that.  There were a lot of surprises piled onto one day that I could have done without, although, nothing that can’t be fixed (with a careful attention to old paperwork.)  Just dumb stuff, really.  Richard came home from work and I basically told him, Please give me a hug before I burst into tears.

He did. He’s a peach.

I finally took the time after dinner and made myself sit down with my knitting project.  Yes, it takes a longer wait to see progress on 4mm needles than my usuals. Tough. Do it anyway.

Actually, there’s more progress showing now than I’d expected–and it Stays. Done.  With each row, I never have to knit it again: the thing is accomplished.  My I-wishes became I-dids.

That helped more than I thought it would.

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Husband hugs are the best on some occasions… Having a husband like yours, you sure must feel embraced! 🙂 I love the sentence “my I-wishes became I-dids.” Great to remember.

Comment by Monica 03.31.10 @ 2:07 am

Oh heavens! My knitting doesn’t stay “done!” As we said at Seder last night – freedom is a transitory concept and so is my knitting! The current project (I think) has been at least a start for 3 other ones. It’s happy now.

Excuse me as I go off humming “freedom just another word for nothing left to lose.”

Comment by afton 03.31.10 @ 4:12 am

I’m happy to read you have a sense of accomplishment and were hugged in time of need.

I’m sending you a friendly and supportive hug. Hopefully, it’ll add to your strength so you can take care of the dumb stuff and transform it into an Its-done.

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 03.31.10 @ 5:46 am

That’s why I’ve always gotten a lot of satisfaction from painting a room: it doesn’t need to be done again in 4 hours, like cooking or cleaning up. When it’s done, it gives me pleasure for years!

Comment by Barbara M. 03.31.10 @ 6:22 am

An incarnation or two ago when my kids were little, I used to get up earlier than the rest of the family so that I could get in half an hour of hand quilting before everyone had to get going for breakfast and out. That way no matter how bad my day was at work, it was never a total loss.
Knitting feels much like that to me: helps keep the right balance: what I didn’t get done that day, or how much of what I do that day is undone by the next is the small stuff.
It still surprises me because I’m knitting a top-down cardi on smaller needles than I’m used to, and I’m at the “endless” stage on the body: I don’t see much progress, but I do see the yarn being used up and that counts.
And just “rats” to having to redo paperwork and get other people to do their jobs right, when they’ve screwed up on something obvious and simple. I spent much of yesterday a.m. doing the latter, and when I don’t have a lot of physical/mental/emotional energy it sometimes feels like punishment.
Back to balance! I’m just gonna go wind those 2 skeins of yarn that have been calling to me for a week — the upstairs bathroom that needs cleaning can wait that long!
Carol in MA

Comment by Carol Telsey 03.31.10 @ 7:33 am

sorry you had some issues with the project — consider yourself hugged!

I’m sending you positive energy for the next phase of the journey!

(and I can’t thank you enough for making my day yesterday — you gave me the idea for the best part of the day — giving something to someone else)

Comment by Bev 03.31.10 @ 7:35 am

I absolutely hate it when I have to do something over! Right now my editor and I are trying to squeeze a too long article into one page, and it’s like trying to put a 2 pound pickle into a one pound jar. WON’T FIT!!

Let’s try some humor, instead —

You cannot make someone love you. All you can do is stalk them and hope they panic and give in.

One good turn gets most of the blankets.

Comment by Don Meyer 03.31.10 @ 9:05 am

The thought of a husband’s hug when he comes home, and the comments from Don have made my morning. 🙂

Comment by kmom 03.31.10 @ 9:17 am

My “progress” yesterday was clearing a blocked drain outside. One of my gutter’s downpipes doesn’t empty above ground where I can place filters for leaves and other detritus. No, it dumps all the stuff into the drain which of course can get blocked after a storm–and we had a biggie. I was miserable trying to get the gunk out (hands and knees in the freezing rain, elbow deep in ice cold water), and pretty much resigned myself to having to pay a pro–and then noticed an hour later I’d managed to do the trick! What joy! It was even worth the misery to have that moment of elation, even though it left me no better off than the way things were the day before. “My storm drain is clear!” I should try to be so happy every day this is true!

As for crafts, I’ve got the hang of magic loop and got my spinning wheel out after a rest, so things are good!

Comment by LynnM 03.31.10 @ 10:00 am

Hope everything is all right, love. Here’s another hug if you need one.

Comment by Kristine 03.31.10 @ 12:02 pm

I’ve finally accomplished a few things today. Not bad for the first post-vacation day at work.

Comment by Channon 03.31.10 @ 12:48 pm

Some days are like that. I hear you, and I hope knitting made it better. I was thinking of you when I did my most recent blog post. Sometimes the knitting just doesn’t fix things, but a good hearty effort (and a hug or two) is worth something, too!

Comment by Joanne 03.31.10 @ 2:43 pm

The hug is great; having the wisdom to ask for it is tremendous. It took me a long time to learn that one, and I’m glad you know it, too.

Comment by twinsetellen 03.31.10 @ 5:23 pm

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