All last Saturday afternoon I did something I like best, surrounding myself with lots of wool. It hasn't been like that for a long time because work was so stressful lately that I wasn't only too tired after work and spending the weekends trying to recover but also worrying too much about what I would need to do on Mondays. There comes a point when you need to destress in order not to become ill. Therefore I had to come up with a plan:
When thinking of something work related while off work, I write it down immediately as a to do list for the next day or Monday. That way I know I can't forget it and I don't need to go on constantly thinking about it. Means I stop worrying.
I come up with a few time saving measures, mainly changing from paper based to IT based processes. Work that is not knitting. It meant putting in some work and therefore potentially getting more stress at the beginning but it should pay off later. Also saves lots of paper.
I asked my boss to get me an assistant. The temp started on Monday. She is an absolute star.
I get knitting however tired or stressed I may be. That relaxes and makes happy.
My Saturday consisted of winding the yarn of someone's UFO into balls. I bought it in a charity shop some time agoa and painstakingly frogged it in intervals. The yarn is a lovely fluffy 100% alpaca by Anny Blatt that had been knitted into a 1980s 'accident'. There was so much wrong with the UFO I could see why they had abandoned it. Now I have about 450g yarn available for I don't know what at the moment, but inspiration will hit me.
Then I finished frogging a black and white mottled M&S jumper. It's a silk and cotton yarn mix that should turn out well as potholders and cleaning cloths. Yes, luxury silk cleaning cloths, mind. But the type of cleaning cloths I knit are sensationally good. At least I think so and so do my mum and my friend Siobhan. I did a little swatch that I tested on my dishes this morning. Tea stains in mugs vanish in split seconds.
And I started a cowl - it's winter after all and pretty cold already - mixing the yarn of a frogged cashmere and silk jumper, Rowan Kidsilk Haze and Lurex yarn. The jumper was originally grey. I hated the grey so much that I dyed it green with kelly green food colouring. It turned out a slightly yellowish green (silk) and dark turquoise (cashmere) that I found to go very well with Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Alhambra. And just for the festive touch I added some Lurex in light blue that my mum had lying about for at least 20 years, if not longer. The stitch pattern is a reversible honeycomb cable. I like reversible patterns for cowls and shawls because there is no unsightly wrong side. Am now half way through the cowl.
I had a marvelous day.