I am a stress knitter. I realize that when my life gets crazy with activities, instead of kicking back and relaxing, I go into a knitting frenzy. Last week, amidst lots of kid school projects and an insanely busy life, I needed to start two knitting project. Yes, I HAD to make a present for my mother. It was her birthday and while I know she would have been fine with whatever I chose to send, I just HAD to make something. I dug through my yarn and looked for a perfect pattern and made this, a mini-shawl out of bamboo and merino wool:
I get so much more pleasure out of making a present than shopping for one. Maybe it’s because I like handmade stuff so much. I fondly remember one of my childhood birthdays when my Aunt Barb made me a rocking chair and wishing well out of clothes pins. She painted it my favorite color – blue. I felt so special that someone would take the time to make something for me and, I hope, that by making presents for others, I am passing on that feeling. So, as my week was spiraling by a the speed of light, each day, I’d sit in my rocking chair — sometime for only a few minutes, sometime for much longer and knit as fast as I could. And as I knit, I relaxed and enjoyed the feel of the yarn, the look of the pattern, and thought of the person for whom I was knitting. I slowed down, breathed deeply and felt myself unwind as the project got nearer completion.
Once I finished the shawl I still needed to work on something so I made another string bag.
And this week is equally busy. I have two new projects flying off my needles. I’m hoping things slow down around here soon or I might just run out of yarn.