Yarn as Prozac

I’m stressed.
On the edge.
I’m off the stress scale.
If I was an earthquake, I’d be the big one right now.

I received a transfer/promotion to a new job this week. Effective the end of the month I’m supposed to be reporting to a new department. In the meantime, everything that I’ve been working on has to be handed off before I leave.

Plus the car got broken into this week and they stole DH’s cell and wallet. That means every card we had needed to be replaced. Now before you ask “why would he leave it in the car?” (as I did), he did so because the last time that he took his wallet into work, someone stole the cards right out of his wallet which was in his coat pocket. He can’t keep it in his pants because he’s a chef and there’s no back pockets for wallets in those things.

The brazen a**holes who stole it even answered the cell phone when he called and tried to sell it back to him! Then they tried to charge $1300 worth of clothing. Yeah, like we have that much room available on the cards. Idiots.

There’s a whole lot of other personal crud happening that I’m not going to go into here. Let’s just say that insomnia is my new roommate. Plus a kitten who thinks toes are good things to crunch on at 4:30 am. So, when I stress, I knit and crochet.

One good thing is that it’s very productive. One bad thing is that when I get stressed, I get startitis. Bad startitis. 7 projects this week – very bad startitis. So, here’s some pics of some of them. The good news is that I actually finished some projects too, including Brandon’s blanket, so I’ll be giving it to him soon.

Brandon’s Christmas present is a Thomas the Tank sweater – he’s his favourite. I got 10 inches knit on the back this weekend.

I have no idea what this is going to be. It started out a sweater, but I decided to stash bust and am using Lilly cotton. I think it’s too heavy, so it might end up as a blanket or a vest – depends on when the boredom factor cuts in.

Closeup of stitch:

A sock – Regia that I got on sale for $3.00/ball

Someone’s Christmas present

And yet another sweater to add to the 10 I already have on the go.

And, yes, here’s the obligatory Clancy picture (here you go JeanAnne!). Yes my walls are the colour of freakin’ Pepto Bismol. Don’t go there.

6 thoughts on “Yarn as Prozac

  1. Yarn is very theraputic. I have always been a nail biter, chronic even. At the end of last year I taught myself to knit, then the first of this year I learned to purl. Now I actually have nails. They get long and break a little, but they actually do grow more. I also read knit and crochet blogs to beat stress. And looking at all the yarn and goodies helps too. I have found my happy place! 🙂

  2. I’m still trying to figure out the new site, so forgive me. This was the only way I could see to respond to your comments – to post one of my own! Thanks for the tea and sympathy. I’m hoping this week will be better (Lord help me if it’s worse!) I should be getting my formal offer papers this week that will let me transfer to the new department. I will feel much better then. I’m a nervous nelly around paperwork and don’t like dangling in the wind between two departments. But it has been good for my crafts – last night I measured. From Friday around 9pm to Sunday around 9pm I was able to knit 90 rows on Brandon’s sweater. Not bad considering I was at a crochet guild meeting all Saturday and didn’t pick up my needles unil around 7pm.

  3. Hey Stash, hang in there!!! Let me enable your startitis a bit 🙂 Your projects look great, and personally, I think you could start a few more, LOL! Hey, if you’ve got empty hooks and needles laying around, then it is your duty to give them something to do! They deserve to be happy too- don’t they? Courtney Oh- I updated my links, I like your new place 🙂 Might have to check into typepad myself, I’ve noticed a bunch of people moving over here lately- you’ll have to keep us posted on how you like it 🙂

  4. I’m so sorry about the cell and wallet!!! I hope they catch the idiots soon. Thanks for showing your projects. I love to look at pics and see what people are making. I don’t knit but like the look of it. Kitty pics are always welcome too! I have 3 cats myself. One, that went to Rainbow Bridge last November, I had nicknamed “toe kitty” for the same 4 a.m. thing! He was just too cute to be mad at though. He wouldn’t attack, he would just stand at your feet and bend down to bite them, then look at you as innocently as possible when you woke up. Sure wish he was around to do it again. 🙁 Have a great day and know that I have your new digs on my bloglines now. Thanks for the head’s up!

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