Here’s the cure for a knitting set back:
- 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.
- 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!”
- 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.
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.