Thursday, November 29, 2007

powering through

the stressful situation, alas, continues. i won't go into all the details here - suffice it to say that it's a family crisis involving folk far away, and there's nothing practical that i can do to help out. i can, however, worry - and i'm doing that in abundance.
there seems to be a tendency in my family towards motion as a way of dealing with stress - that is to say, as long as we just keep moving (we believe), everything will be ok. so i've been powering through things over here.
there's 500 grams of handspun natural bluefaced leicester, destined for hat kits for K1 Yarns in Glasgow, drying in front of the radiator:

bluefaced leicester drying

600 grams of merino dyed & dried ready to spin, also for hat kits for K1 Yarns:

dyed merino for hat kits

and two skeins of laceweight & five skeins of sock yarn dyed & drying in the bath:

sock & lace yarn drying

i've also been powering through some knitting - the chunky cabled raglan for the RSA is done, as is my lovely, lovely malabrigo gretel (i don't have pictures yet, so you'll just have to take my word for it). and the cadenza sweater-in-the-round is up to the yoke (although i still don't know what i'm doing with the neckline, so i'll have to figure that out fairly soon).
the only downside to all this motion is the sheer exhaustion it induces - it's in direct conflict with my other natural tendency this time of year, which is complete & total winter-related lethargy. at least there's a couple of small things to keep me happy when i finally grind to a halt - a big slab of delicious homemade cake (the last piece!) & some strong coffee:

and, of course, a kitten:

kitten & pup hugs

& yes, that is a dog's paw that she's cuddling - she & finn have become great friends, and the other cats even seem to be able to put up with her!


Victoria said...

Sorry to hear things are not any better, hope they ease up soon. The dyed yarns look lovely though. Will they be going in your shop?
Victoria x

Midsummer night's knitter said...

Great yarn and a cute kitty -and never the twain should meet!
Hope family stuff eases asap,

heather said...

Hope the family stuff gets better soon - otherwise you may find your house is completely swamped by damp yarn at the rate you're going ! :0)

Flavaknits said...

I'm the opposite just now - I've got the lethargy. Am v. impressed by all your industry , some of it is finding its way onto my wish list! Positive thoughts for your family stuff - hope it works out very soon.