Distractions and an on-going project (still)

The wedding was weeks ago and I still haven’t finished the jacket I intended to wear for it. Note to self – be not too ambitious when selecting a pattern that needs to be completed by a specific deadline. Rather than setting it aside in a fit of pique, however, I have persisted and am rather enjoying it… here is progress so far:

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At least I have two sleeves now

Soon I will be starting on the flowers that will adorn the ends of the sleeves and the open edges.

Focusing on such a time-consuming creationΒ has meant relatively few finished objects. However, I recently realised that, to lift my mood, it would be good to make some small things, so I did: a trial pair of dragon-scale wrist warmers, a couple of hats (one for me and one for a friend) and a squash (which I now have no idea what to do with!):

It’s always good to make something when you feel glum! What do you do when the world feels depressing?

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  1. Love the squash – it clearly needs some courgettes to go with it!

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  2. The squash is right where it should be. With the other squash, of course! Your blog always cheers me up. Glad your back. πŸ™‚ (No pressure.)

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  3. I hide under the blankets – but that’s when I feel more depressed than the world itself feels! There have been times when I haven’t come out for days.

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    • So tempting… but I’m trying to do at least some positive things!

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      • Oh absolutely. My comment was out of (the) context, actually, and was a silly attempt to make light of clinical depression. Which wasn’t meant to offend anyone – I am a sufferer myself, and the symptoms ain’t no joking matter.
        When I am frustrated and upset with the world, I find it helps to water the garden πŸ™‚

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  4. When I was under the weather recently I made miles of decorative tape πŸ™‚ Love your dragon warmers!!

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    • Yes I say your beautiful tape – a great idea. I should really start making squares … I want to make a blanket to donate to charity and it would be good to have it as an on-going project.

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      • Now that’s a good idea!

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        • Kathryn

           /  October 6, 2016

          When the world feels depressing:
          Connect with other people – there are lots more good than not
          Wear handknitted socks – thanks Jan, the weather is just great for getting back into woolies and they feel lovely πŸ™‚

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  5. You have been busy, wow!! I love the Pumpkin the best…. happy October πŸ˜€

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  6. I think a whole basket of crochet vegetables is called for. Home grown and organic! The jacket is looking very good, and I’m glad you’re persisting with it.

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  7. I’m sorry to hear you’ve been feeling blue. It’s nice to created on a small scale. I like projects that I can finish in a short time, along with the longer term projects.

    When I’m feeling low, I like to spend time in the garden or on a nature walk. I also enjoy pottering around the house, organizing and tidying and rearranging things. The new perspective is cleansing somehow.

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  8. If I’m too tired or low to knit or crochet – which is rare, but it does happen, then sorting through my photos usually lifts the spirits. I’m wondering about your squash as a home for a vaark, veggie vaark could nestle amongst the yarny vegetables perhaps. πŸ˜‰

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  9. That squash is brilliant! And while I’m totally in favour of creating a whole crochet veggie patch, you could also make it into a fun felt Hallowe’en decoration with a few bits of black felt πŸ˜€ I really like the dragon scale mitts, too. My antidote to a bad day is a heady mix of sofa, tea, some simple on-autopilot knitting and as many murder mysteries as I can lay my hands on. Works every time πŸ˜€

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  10. I read the blogs of my friends and am inevitable cheered.The squash does it.
    xxx Ginormous Hugs Jan xxx

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  11. When the world seems too much, I garden! It’s my own little world and it’s full of fun things. And if it is the middle of Winter I’ve got houseplants and a planted fish tank- still counts as gardening.

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  12. I really love your wrist warmers πŸ™‚
    I’ve got a similar pattern that I’ve still not managed to make – I’ll have to write myself a stick-it note with ‘I must do better’ written on it! Lol

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