So this has been a very odd week. Big events in the real world that have implications for my day job, my colleagues and my friends. A real sense of devastation, and disquiet for what is to come and what has already started to happen. It turns out that I live in a very different country to the one that I thought I did at the beginning of the week.
So here I am, in my yarn room, trying to come up with something to write and resisting the temptation to curl up in my chair with my yarn pets all around me, gently rocking to some suitably maudlin music. On Friday I broke my yarn ban and bought some skeins to raise my spirits. Fibre East – the yarn show that I was planning to refresh my stash at – was too far away. I needed some solace to come this week.
What has been interesting is that I have become more obsessed than before with trying to finish off projects. My latest set of socks are on the blockers, a test shawl for shawl club is blocking on mats on the floor, and I have three blanket projects that I am determined to finish before I start another project. And yet the desire to start something new that will cheer me up is overwhelming.
I dive into the yarn drawers then, to seek inspiration. I find the yarn pictured at the top of this post, the ‘colour me happy’ skein from Pollyorange that is almost too perfect to use. More rummaging, this time to find this skein of Bluefaced Leicester and Silk yarn by Lollipop Guild Yarns.
It is another skein I am keeping to make something very special for myself. For now I just wanted to remind myself of what it looked and felt like. I turned over the tag to see what the name of the yarn was. ‘Premonitions’. How appropriate.
I will stick to the plan – finish those blankets, get shawl 6 nailed, continue to stashbust. I need to focus on what makes me happy, and hang onto the fantasy of one day being able to concentrate on this properly. Who knows, I may need the second career option a bit sooner than I had originally anticipated.