Here’s the cure for a knitting set back:
  1. Wallow in self pity for an evening sipping some sort of alcoholic beverage. During cooler months, I recommend a warm beverage, like mulled wine or some spiked apple cider, to warm your sad, sorry soul.
  2. Whine about it to people who will understand your pain fully. This should be a fellow knitter or crafter who appreciates all the time, sweat, blood, and effort that can go into a project. Most of the time, this is not a life partner, as they generally will say something unhelpful like, “It’ll be fine. Don’t worry.” or “You can fix that easily, no problem!” 
  3. Cast on a brand new project on a whim. Something you really love and have just been waiting for the right time to start – this is it. If you must buy the pattern or the yarn, even better. 
And that’s exactly what I did (all you in blogworld stood in for my empathizing knitters, thank you). I cast on Yane from the spring/summer release of Wool People and I’m feeling much better already. I just needed to make some progress on a fun, new project and feel better about my knitting again. 
This week….
Knitting: Started Yane and continued to ignore my Darling Emma lacy cardigan. I am also starting a monthly sock challenge this month for the next year. It seems appropriate that one year after I taught myself to knit just so I could make socks that I set myself up to try to tackle 12 pairs in 12 months. I’ve reached the heel flap of my October socks, which are appropriately fall colored.
Reading: I finally have my hands on Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman, the final book in the Magicians trilogy. I had to stop midbook to start it because it’s a library loan, so I’m on a time limit. And I really need to pick up the pace on reading because I’m only about 50 pages in, but it’s good to be back in the world of Quentin, Brakebills, and Fillory.
Drinking: Apple cider is finally in the markets, so I’ve been making lots of mulled cider lately. It will come in handy in the next few days as the lows at night drop into the 30’s. Yuck.
Linking up with yarn along and KCCO

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15 Comments on Yane

  1. Thank you for the commiserations – there’s not that many people that “get it”. I’ve spent 8 years in university getting a BS and PhD and it just never ends…. I constantly question whether I actually chose to do this or where I just ended up here because that’s what “came next”…..the thoughts of trying to compete for an academic job scares the crap out of me, and of course then you have to work like crazy to get tenure. Uggggg…sometimes I wonder if I’m just lazy or are the expectations just far too high? It’s been a rough few weeks!

    And I agree with the beverage and new project plan to get over that poor sleeve….especially projects with lovely colourwork πŸ™‚

    • It definitely feels like it never ends. And you see your classmates or family members go off and start “real” jobs, and I just feel old and like I will never finally get on with my life. My advisor just submitted his tenure package and after watching that whole ordeal, I’m starting to think I don’t have to drive or motivation to deal with all that politics and stress. I just don’t want it enough anymore. I love doing research. I love teaching. I love being in the lab and thinking critically, but that’s not my entire life and I don’t want it to be, either. Being a grown up is hard…

  2. I can relate (about the alcohol beverage and casting on a new project which requires buying more yarn πŸ™‚ ) Good luck though on getting back to the cardigan! Your Yane sweater has nice colors!

  3. Ha, I had to laugh at your second point. That’s exactly the sort of thing that my boyfriend would say whenever I’m sulking about a knitting disaster. And that cast on is gorgeous! If I wasn’t so intimidated by intersia I’d give it a try as well.

  4. that looks soooo gorgeous so far, I love light grey with pretty much everything. And a heck yes for point #3, a new project helps soothe the jangled nerves form a recent disaster, for sure.

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