Sometimes life trips you up just when you least expect it.
A telephone call on friday took an unexpected turn down a rather more unpleasant route than the one I was anticipating. A simple misunderstanding that escalated out of control. By the time I'd put the phone down I was feeling a little bruised. My brain went into overdrive, and I knew I needed to calm down, and let go of the stories going round and round in my head. I'm not one to hang on to things, preferring to sort out disagreements where possible, then let go and move on. Life is too short. Fortunately, I had a quiet weekend planned, as I just wanted to retreat and think things through.
Solace was found in picking up my needles and a new ball of wool. This pattern has been on my knit list for a while now, and it seemed the perfect opportunity to try a little knitting as therapy.
I've not done any cables before, but these were simple enough once I got going. It was the perfect knitting for calming the mind - the challenge of something new, but not too demanding, coupled with going round and round and round and round.
I've modified the pattern by increasing the cable repeats both at the cuff and the finger end, and doing six extra rounds of rib for the palm (ravelry notes suggested the sizing came up small). Even so, they're not quite long enough for me which is just as well as I've knitted them for a surprise gift. Had they fitted, I might have been tempted to keep them. I'm planning a pair for myself in this wool (aran, colour: seville) from my christmas stash.
So I can recommend knitting for stilling a busy mind. Thankfully, the misunderstanding has now been resolved, and I can start the week on an even keel. Even if my in-box is overflowing with unanswered emails.