Friday, April 8, 2011

Stitches of a different kind

I've been a bit unwell this week and so decided to get out the hooded scarf knitting kit I won recently and finally start! This is my progress so far. I think I'm about halfway through the hood section, and I'm really enjoying it so far.

The boy is also enjoying it - a little too much actually, we've had a few tantrums where he's held it then wanted to pull all of my hard work apart! Do your kids want to play with your knitting? I do have an extremely inquisitive 18 month old, but then, maybe he'll enjoy knitting when he's older. Anyway, so far it is relaxing and satisfying and all the things I'd hoped it would be.

The other type of 'stitch' that this post's title refers to is of a kind I don't want to have again soon. I've recently been guilty of doing that mother putting the kids first and not attending to herself syndrome. A strange thing on my face that started changing (I meant to ask the doctor about it one day) ended up being one of these little beasties. I had it cut out this week, and all's fine, but maybe if I'd put myself at the top of the list I'd have spared myself some pain and a small chunk having to be taken out of my face. It's a bit of a wake up call not to get too wrapped up in daily life and look at the bigger picture. Sometimes being a stay at home mum feels like I'm living in a bit of a fog, but I've got to remember to put my head up out of the clouds from time to time. Know what I mean?

When I developed a head cold the next day, the Mr insisted on taking the day off work to look after the littlies so I could rest. A morning in bed felt luxurious when there was all the usual stuff to attend to, but felt like the right thing to do. I think, as most mothers do, I put pressure on myself to be superwoman, but sometimes it all comes apart and I'm reminded to just take it a bit easier, let myself off the hook a little and take care of myself.

Have a lovely weekend.


  1. So looking forward to seeing the finished product - that yarn is such a beautiful colour. During our recent earthquake knitting has absolutely been like meditation for me. Being without power for a week was kind of a blessing in disguise because knitting by headlight instead of watching the news and the horror of what was happening in my city was just what I needed. Knitting is soooo therapeutic. I think of craft as being a hobby but in times of crisis it has been the glue that has kept me together. I do, however, remember that when my kids were younger having to hide the knitting so that the stitches weren't pulled off the needles LOL.

  2. Hi Melinda,
    It's great to hear that your knitting was so comforting. I hope you're all OK and not too badly affected by the earthquake. And I know what you mean about TV - it can get too much at times, I think. And making something with your hands seems to bring things back to a good place in times of stress or worry.

  3. glad to here you are ok and what a wonderful husband taking the day off so you could rest!

    the knitting looks great, I too entered that giveaway. A green hooded scarf - perfection.

  4. Gosh, I look away for one second and you end up under a scalpel?!? Hope you are OK, you poor thing. Very glad you got at least a morning in bed (he's a good man.) REALLY looking forward to catching up next week, hooray!!!!!

  5. Thanks girls.

    Fran, sorry to trump you on the competition, it's a great pack

    Fi, I'm fine apart from looking a bit like Frankenstein's bride with big black stitches on my cheek, which should all be gone by the time I see you x

  6. Great colour wool. Hope you're looking ok by now :)


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