- An enhanced awareness of all things textile related. This may involve following people in the grocery store to sneak an extra look at the design on their hat, or examining friend’s mittens and making mental pattern notes. I noticed this week a young man wearing a parka that had been painted to look like it was knit. I had seen “faux-tartan” parkas, but this was a “faux-sweater”. It was intriguing. I hope these people don’t realize that I was following them. I try to be stealthy.
- Twitchy fingers. I have been fidgeting with pens a lot lately, and tapping my fingers. I think knitting helps me to focus; it keeps my fingers busy and my brain engaged.
- Increased Tension. Without my daily dose of knitting (aka. relaxation time, and creative time) I tend to get frustrated and overwhelmed earlier than normal. I’ve been taking lots of deep breaths this week and counting to 10 many times over.
- Generally feeling unproductive. If I sit for an hour or two in a meeting I do lots of thinking, listening and talking, but I don’t see the results of that time. If I sit for an hour or two in a meeting with my knitting, I do lots of thinking, listening, talking, AND I leave with half a mitten. I don’t get distracted by my knitting, but others sometimes do.
- Daydreaming….I find myself coming home and looking longingly at my yarn stash, thinking of the marvelous potential for warmth and creativity within that yarn. By the time I get home though, I’m too tired to start anything, so I go to sleep–and I kid you not–I have dreamed up some interesting patterns. I should write them down when I wake up.
I haven’t knit in 5 days. I will knit tonight–I’m heading out for an evening of musical theatre with my 4.0mm DPNs and the left over Cascade Ecological Wool from my “Those Could Be Mountains” hat. The yarn is already speaking to me….I think it wants to be a pair of fairly simple mittens–perhaps with some simple colourwork. We’ll see what the wool decides tonight.
In Red Mitten news: $550 has been raised through the sales of $5 Red Mitten Patterns. Thanks to all who have purchased a pattern–The Penguins Can Fly swim team is so pleased! Wool-Tyme in Kingston had run out of red Cascade 22o, but their new order has come in, so if you are local–go get your skein (or 3) and get knitting before the start of the games on Feb. 12th. I’ve got to finish another pair or two!
How do you cope with knitting withdrawl?