Sunday, August 7, 2011

A stitch for your thoughts

I've got nothing truly knitting-related to post today and yet I felt compelled to say something.  

All weekend I've felt like I was ready to snap. I've not been sleeping well, which makes me super cranky. I'm in ultra-crunch time for two different deadlines coming up on the same day and I won't be sleeping anytime soon until both samples are finished. I've been knitting so much for the deadlines that my hands are aching. And to top it off, work is still super stressful at this point in the year and I'm still working 70+ hours/week, when generally this is the time I can let my guard down a bit and relax and actually enjoy a weekend. I'm stuck in the tunnel with no light in sight.

So, yeah. I'll admit I was feeling a bit sorry for myself today.

And then I heard the news that the father of a former roommate, good friend, & fellow knitter had passed away this morning after a very short battle with a previously undiagnosed cancer.  And everything snapped into perspective.  Yes, the knitting deadlines and my day job are important to me, but nothing about them is life and death. Needless to say, I'm feeling a little humbled.

So, if you've got a few stitches to spare tonight, knit a few for a fellow knitter who could use some good thoughts as she grieves over the loss of her father. 

As for me, I'm going to be sending some stitches, love, and positive thoughts across the miles to her too.  

And I'll also be daydreaming of the fall when things are less stressful and I can play around with this gorgeous fiber from Blue Moon that came in the mail not long ago.  Those colors are enough to even bring a smile to my cranky face. 


  1. You are an incredible woman and amazing friend. I love you!

  2. I've got to stop looking at the Internet. I just read a post that made me want to try quilting, and now this one makes me want to try spinning! I hope the deadline projects go well, and I'm sending positive thoughts toward your friend and her family.

  3. Allison: You seem to have the energy of a ferret on amphetamines, so I know you'll bounce back. And, if laughter truly is great medicine, you're a walking pharmacy. At least you let your crankiness be known to your readers and friends, and they no doubt understand, because they know and love the REAL Allison. You're a super wonderful lady and much loved by many more folks than you probably realize.

  4. I'm very sorry to hear about your friend's dad. I definitely know what you mean about a death or illness putting things into perspective for you... that's exactly how I feel a lot of times and it makes me feel very lucky to have the life that I have.


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