In times like these…knit to stay grounded

Apparently there are lots of voters who disagree with me.  The election of Boris this week brought that home pretty forcefully.  In my last post, I mentioned that I had paused knitting for a few weeks and the world still revolved around the sun.  However, between Trump and BoJo, I for one definitely need something to help keep me grounded.  I guess that means I should pick up my knitting again.  I know from long experience that it helps.

On the positive side, Greta won Person of the Year at Time Magazine, and my kids are home for Christmas.  Maybe young people will save the world.  Young people and knitting to the rescue!

I have two things on the needles at the moment.  I have made some progress on my neutral tones Cool Boots shawl since I last posted it here:


It is definitely not as vibrant and cool as the original, and I am not convinced that neutrals really suit me.  On the other hand, the yarn is absolutely scrumptious, soft and silky and fantastic to the touch.  It is Blue Sky Metalico, a sportweight 50% alpaca 50% silk blend.  It’s a bit on the costly side, but it’s lovely to knit with.

I have also made a bit of progress on Emma’s big cabled sweater.  I knitted the sleeves back in September and then put it away, while I spent time travelling and not knitting, but I have now pulled it out again and started on the front:


This one shouldn’t take long because it’s knit with big needles, but I do find big needles hard on my hands, so I can’t just power through.

I have a big work project due in mid-January and realistically that will take up a lot of my knitting time.  In the meantime, I will dream of moving to Scandinavia.

8 thoughts on “In times like these…knit to stay grounded

    • Don’t consider Canada if you’re looking to escape regionalism. All the Brexit stuff has added fuel to a “Wexit” idea in parts of the west here, where many in Alberta, Saskatchewan and some in the British Columbia interior are expressing a growing feeling that the project that has been Canada isn’t working for them. Depressing
      -Beth in Ontario

  1. You are not alone. I know lots of knitters who have been feeling the same way. I completely lost my knitting mojo for most of this year and I’m certain it was due to the political situation. Very fortunately for me it returned a few weeks ago, just in time to prop me up for the latest horrors. I rather fancy Shetland, especially if Scotland leave the union.

  2. So sorry for the stressful times – it is definitely hard. But your kids are home for Christmas, and there are some other hopeful points! Both your shawl and sweater are looking lovely. Hang in there!

  3. I am feeling very afraid for November. Then I might be searching for a new place. Or I might feel relief. One can only hope.

    Anyway, the knitting that you are doing looks great. I hear you on neutrals. I think they look nice and clean and neat and I think I am totally washed out when I wear them.

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