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?

Colored Lights, Christmas Music, and a Bag of Knitting

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On Netflix there is a “movie” of winter landscapes with Christmas music as the background.  It is in the same frame of their A Fireplace For Your Home series.  Instead of the scene being a crackling fireplace, it is beautiful snowy landscapes.  The set-up will be perfect with this playing and a real fire in our fireplace.  *hugs self in happy anticipation* 

B, my husband, is putting up our Christmas tree.  This is a most interesting process to Willie who really didn’t pay attention last year.  B is now down in the floor working with lights and Willie is lying right by his head, watching intently what Carlos is doing with his hands.  And, for the past several minutes I’ve stalked the dog for a picture, but he has been observant – plus, mommy was probably too excited to be calm and so I’m sure Willie picked up on this, too.

Tonight I am going to work on the scarf and some on the sweater.  I need to make more progress on these two most of all.  Poppy needs his scarf before heading up North.  Having the sweater done in time for Carlos to wear for Old Christmas would be sweeeet! 

Flare and Flair

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Check Out The NewsI have to admit, today is a bad physical day.  I had intended to write like the wind today and catch up on word counts and tons of other projects, but Arthur has other plans for me.  Arthur, as in arthritis.  Yes, I know, it isn’t original, but it is the truth.

Today my entire body feels as if it is on lock-down.  My right knee is swollen and painful to the touch while my feet are just simply throbbing.

My hands, however, are not the worst, which is a blessing.  My right hand is swelling and painful, but it isn’t throbbing and aching so badly I cannot type, or knit.  Thank You, God.

And, of course, my back and neck are simply not happy and letting me know when I move too quickly, too slowly, or I am not in just the right position.  *sigh*  It takes a lot of work to get this body into any kind of a comfortable place today.  Overall, I feel yucky from head to toe.

So, being creative in the writing department is somewhat iffy today.  Already there have been several attempts at getting words down but only after a couple hundred words the fingers need to rest and my sitting position must change.

So, what’s a girl to do in this situation?  Knit.  At least I can do all the shifting necessary to keep the body as comfortable as possible and I can still work my hands and keep the fingers limber as well as ease some of the stress of just being under the weather today.  I need to finish my scarf and start on my hat anyway.

I was going to put cables into the scarf, but may actually wait and do this for another scarf.  There is some yarn at Hobby Lobby that would look great with a cable running up the center.  It has some sparkle, but not so much it would look gaudy.

I may even put Maria Wern on and just knit and watch TV today.  Sometimes you just have to listen to the body, no matter how much you don’t want to, and give it what it needs to heal so you can get back to having your normal life.