It Is Late, But I’m Finally Relaxing

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The novel is moving along quite well.  There are 8,000+ words so far, and this is from writing every day plus some research.  Did you know oats were used by the ancient Egyptians?  For some reason this surprised me.  It probably shouldn’t have, but it did.

For some reason, this week has been really stressful.  My best friend suggests it is probably because my birthday is coming up and me and DH are broke until he can get another job.  His joblessness is not because of lack of trying, though.  He has gone on job interviews and filling out more than one job application per day.  Also, if I find something online I think he could do, I also apply.  The list between us is quite impressive.  However, he isn’t employed as of now.

To be quite honest, I am not stressed DH doesn’t have a job because my birthday is Sunday.  I am stressed because he just doesn’t have a job.  Period.  Add to this the difficulties of writing and telling a good story, medicines I need bought, and a laundry list of other items, the stress meter gets pretty high.

Besides prayer, which I feel like I’ve been slacking on (and I’m pretty sure I have been slacking in the prayer department), the one thing keeping me going is knitting.  I said as much to one of my dearest friends this week and she simply didn’t understand.  She looked at me as if another head was growing on my shoulders or I’d suddenly started speaking in a foreign language.

“Well, you do what you want, just remember a nice shot of whiskey never did anyone harm,” she said.  I laughed and agreed.  We politely changed the subject.

What I said, for me, is true.  There is something about the yarn forming patterns, a piece of fabric growing from the needles, eases up the stress in my shoulders, my heart, mind, and possibly part of my soul.

I’m not addressing the problems – there really isn’t anything I can do about them most of the time – but the weight of them eases while I’m knitting.  Luckily I’ve heard other knitters say the same thing.  Do you think it helped the people who knitted because they had to hundreds, perhaps thousands of years ago?  They had to knit for warm clothing.  It wasn’t just a hobby, but a necessity of life.  Did the necessity of it, do you think, take away from the joy of the knitting?  What do you think?

I just wanted to share this thought before getting ready for bed.  I’m going to knit a few more rows and say a few prayers and head off to sleep.

Hope everyone out there has a great night/day, and your yarn doesn’t tangle.

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The Yarn Harlot Has Us Pegged

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http://www.yarnharlot.ca/2016/08/i-didnt-say-it/#comment-923818

The above is the latest post by The Yarn Harlot.  Most of us knitters know who she is.  I figure most knitters read her blog anyway, but, this time, she sounded a lot like me when I talk to people who don’t knit about why I do.  Plus, she also did something I would probably end up doing.  I will let you read the post and figure out what it is.

In other news of my own:  I haven’t picked up the needles for two days and, yes, I’m feeling it, but the novel must be worked on or else there won’t be a novel.  However, one of the rewards to myself for working on the novel this evening is knitting for at leat 30 minutes.

I’m Seriously Thinking Of Tackling Intarsia…

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Don’t forget, there’s still time to enter the splendiferous Stylecraft giveaway. Just click this link. In this post, an easy hack for how to control all those bobbins when you’re doing complex colourwork, especially intarsia. Colourwork is a fantastic thing in knitting and crochet: it’s like painting with yarn – even painting in three dimensions,…

via Quick And Easy Hack For Controlling Bobbins In Colourwork — the twisted yarn

Well, Since You’re Knitting…

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For the past little while I’ve been being yelled at to ‘get my act together’ and return to all not my hands or plarnmy journals, especially the knitting journal.  I balked at first, because, well…it’s been hard just to keep posting on Kentucky Mountain Girl News!  However, since I am feeling better and doing better, I’ve decided to go ahead and give it a go.

Adding Not Afraid To Knit back into the mix is a good choice.  I am knitting and crocheting again.  I am writing again.  And, thank You God, there is energy for me to do all the wonderful things that make my life, and self, happy.  This includes hanging out with The Husband and running D&D games!

Not Afraid To Knit will once again be where I talk about all the wonderful crafty stuff I’m doing with illustrations from pictures, drawings, etc.

Part of me is worried I am biting off more than I can chew as far as blogging is concerned.  I am also concerned I may be taking up valuable fiction-writing time.  Still, another part of me is beyond excited about sharing knitting, crocheting, and fiber crafty-ness again.

Currently, as in today, I am working on getting more bags cut up for plarn…

If spinning gets you yarn, what do you call cutting up plastic bags to make plarn?  Plinning?

…and watching Criminal Minds on my Nook.  (Why the Nook instead of my tablet?  Answer:  I can use my normal headphones and not have to worry about the Bluetooth one going dead in the middle of an episode and a bigger screen.)

I also have a question for all you knitters out there:  Is there a knitters Wikipedia?  If so, What’s it called?

In The Loom

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I am still using the knitting loom for some quick knitting.  I like the loom.  I like how quickly it produces results.  I even enjoy learning a different way of making some of the basic stitches.  However, now my hands are itching for a return to needles.  As soon as this last project comes off the loom I am picking up the project on the needles and putting wonderful minutes and hours onto said project.

It is amazing how much pleasure can come from a piece of string and two pointy sticks (at least).

Looking Ahead To More Knitted Goodies

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Today is Old Calendar Christmas and for anyone enjoying such a wonderful day, “Christ is born!  Glorify Him!” and a good ol’ “Merry Christmas!”

In the next few days the husband and I  hosting a late Christmas party for the friends who couldn’t enjoy Christmas with us.  How could they sans us?!  I’m joking.  We do this every year and call it “The Family Christmas.”  This year is no different and either Saturday or Tuesday – the day is suddenly in question – there will be people over and food, laughter, board and party games, and just happiness, I hope, all around.

My hands are a bit unhappy with me so I am making sure to get everything done with a knitting loom.  I haven’t used one before and after much research on the Internet and YouTube I figured out what I needed to do and set off at a quick pace.

The knitting loom is actually very fast.  The first item on the loom, and thus the first item now ready to come off, is a hat.  There is some embroidery I’m going to be doing for it and a pair of finger-less mitts and a scarf.  To keep everything in the unit actually looking like a unit, I am making sure to do everything except the embroidery, of course, on the loom.  I am feeling confident everything will work out well.  The hat looks remarkably good.  Now all I have to do is make sure I know how to take the hat off the loom.

What are you working on?