Attitude Adjustment

Listening to the counsel of good friends is often a wise course of action.

One piece of advice in particular proved the salve for this fractured soul:
Do not be surprised that a full schedule finds your brain taking time off.  Give it a small break and keep swatching. Things will calm down in time.
Take a breather and find something to get your attention, she continued.

Well, I did.

Earlier this month the Yarn Barn of San Antonio announced it was closing its doors.

I discovered the Yarn Barn years before I began knitting seriously, back when needlepoint and cross-stitch consumed me.  Long before we moved to Texas in 1998, the previous owner and I had become good friends over our mutual passion for out-of-date, rare, and antique books on  Berlin work and charted needlepoint.

In any event, they are in the last stages of closing the shop.  I had resisted going over there because I hated to see them close, but Tuesday found me with an empty lunch hour.  So, I zipped over.  I had thought I would be fighting for a parking place, but I was the only one in there with the store clerk.  The shelves were mostly bare, but I managed to find 15 skeins of Noro Retro in a deep blue, almost purple saturated shade.  They were 50% off.

Despite its silk content, Noro Retro is still a rustic type, single ply yarn.  An aran weight, it knits up more like Manos del Uruguay than the softer Malabrigo Worsted Merino; however, I was looking for something a little tougher (read:  something that would not pill quite as much as the Malabrigo) for an outerwear sweater/jacket.

I had this pattern in mind:

Pattern:  Everything Nice Hoodie

It calls for 1620 yards.

15 skeins of the Noro Retro is 1650 yards!

Oh, yeah!

Two evenings later, I have pockets and oversized buttons with loads of personality!

Yes, I have a long list of designs that need any or all of the following:  proofing, knitting, editing, writing, knitting, and test-knitting.

However, my brain was just not cooperating.

I needed something mindless to occupy my hands, something with which I could see actual progress.

The upside?

One design with which I was having difficulty visualizing exactly how it was going to be constructed worked itself out in my head as I endlessly knit in stockinette.  When I put pen to paper and made the calculations, I was spot on.  This morning I did a mini-mock up to test the theory.  It worked!

People ask me all the time if I knit other people's patterns.


Absolutely and enthusiastically.

They give me a break.

Everyone once in a while, I actually do enjoy having someone else do the driving.

With each stitch of my mindless stockinette, my mood and disposition improve.

Thank God I have reached the point in my life where I have finally begun to listen to those who love me.

Happy Stitching!


Theresa said…
Yay! Glad to hear that things are looking a little bit more positive. Even if I'm a bit behind on reading it. :) Let's hear it for a simple, gratifying project!
Feisty said…
Thanks, Theresa!

It's about half way done!

Food for the soul!

; )

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