Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Grant us peace

I started the Peace Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark a couple weeks ago.

Yes. I’ve been holding out on you. Sue me, the battery was nearly dead in the camera and I couldn’t find the charger…which, it turns out, has been in my top desk drawer this whole time.

Right next to the fully-charged spare battery.

Ahem. Let’s, uh, let’s move on, shall we?

Peace shawl
Lace…gotta love it’s larval period, where it’s just a blob of indistinct squirming ‘uh, are you SURE this is going to be a shawl someday?’

What’s funny about this is, I cast this “PEACE!” deal on two weeks ago in a fit of absolute pique.

The Armagh sweater? Yeah. Ran out of black yarn. @*^&@.

Finishing the Lillehammer? Sewing machine is on the fritz again. (Yes, I know you can hand-sew the steeks…I’m a tool user, people…)

Homework crises. People sick. Missing children. CT scans. (Oh, by the way – Himself is [mostly] fine. Turns out he has diverticulitis, which seems to be responding nicely to treatment) (yummy fiber and antibiotics!). Lingering tax malaise.

So forth and so on. I was just all agitated and generally pissed off and worried and freaking the @*^&@ out, and I said to myself, said I, “Self! How about a nice peace shawl?”

And here we are.

And it is helpful. I’m still so agitated about Everything, but when I pick up that shawl I can’t help it.

It’s a PEACE shawl. Just look at the title! Hello! Are you planning to knit this thing furiously while freaking the @*^&@ out? I don’t think so!

And then I’ll make myself relax, and take a few breaths, and think peaceful let it be thoughts. It doesn’t make all the negative crap vanish (unfortunately), but it gives me a little break from it, anyway.

And honestly, can I ask for more?

Especially when my Yarn Monster is pretending to be an angel…

Not foolin’ anybody, Captain Adventure…you’re only 85% angel…the other 15%...well……….


emily10 said...

Good luck to your husband. I'm glad treatment is working.

Unknown said...

Oh but what an adorable little...not angel. :)

Hugs to you - glad treatment's helping and the Peace shawl takes the edge off. Maybe I should knit one myself.

PipneyJane said...

Sounds like you need a bit of peace after the last couple of weeks. I'm glad your DH has diverticulitis and not something more sinister. I hope he gets better soon.

- Pam

PipneyJane said...

OH, I knew there was something else I wanted to say. I was listening to the Knitpicks podcast earlier in this week when Kelley talked about securing steeks with a row of crochet. Check out episode 12.

- Pam

Science PhD Mom said...

Awww, but what an adorable Yarn Monster he is. So glad your hubby has something that is treatable and not as bad as all the "what ifs" that I know were rushing around your head. I hope by the time you've finished the peace shawl, you'll actually HAVE some peace in your life for a bit!