Just a place where I can sit and write my thoughts on my newest passion. . . . . knitting. Hopefully, I will better document my progress throughout knitting and get in touch with others as obsessed as I am!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Finally some time to post (properly post that is)

OK, so now that the dining room redecoration is completed (except for hanging my prints on the walls)

And the First communion is over:

I can concentrate on some knitting talk. I've done knitting while all this has gone on. Truly. If I hadn't, I probably would have been in the nuthouse by now. Let's see. Sassy socks? 1 and 3/4 way done with the pair. Here's a picture of the first sock (coloring is bad - will retake when pair is done) They are going to be "almost" knee highs. I had enough yarn to make them knee highs but I didn't think I would wear them that way. I'm weird I know.

It's been raining here for 10 days straight now. 10 DAYS! Every day. Very little sunshine. Cold temperatures. YUCKY overall. So bad that poor DS hasn't been able to have a single baseball game this season. Each and every little league game has been cancelled so far. RATS!

Work has been OK. There is some restructuring going on and I am involved. I will have my job but it will be a bit different. Good thing is that it will just be 3 days a week. Bad thing is the shifts will now be 12 hour shifts. Still no weekends or holidays though so I really can't complain. The stress I've been feeling at work is easing up a bit so overall I guess the change will be for the good.

I just finished teaching a beginning knitting class at the Ireland Cancer Center affiliated with my hospital. I have my "caring caps" program where I make, along with many volunteers, and collect chemo caps for the patients there. There was recently some interest in holding a knitting class for the patients/families from the center. I got a group of 9 lovely ladies (I wanted just 8 but ended up with 9) in the class. They were so appreciative of the class. The social worker at the center went over the therapeutic and meditative qualities of knitting while I taught the actual process of knitting. I had referred her to this book as well as this one, both of which I own. She was not a knitter but she got the books and went through them. She chose bits and pieces and I chimed in here and there. The ladies took to both aspects quite well. Today was the second and last session and I entered only to find that not only had all my students practiced and mastered the basics (casting on, knit, purl and binding off) BUT the social worker picked up needles and had already completed 2 scarves!

These ladies decided that they wanted to start a knitting circle at the center. I am thrilled. They could immediately sense the change in themselves since taking up this wonderful art and could not believe what a difference the "community" of knitting made for them. One of the patients stated that she liked this setting because the group could be therapeutic without solely focusing on "just sitting there and talking JUST about cancer". Today's session turned into a sit 'n knit and they talk of cancer yes, but also of other things in their lives, in their worlds, in OUR world. It was calm, peaceful and relaxing. Just perfect.

The social worker has invited me to come back from time to time as a 'guest speaker'. Tee hee! Whodda thunk it?

OK, I've babbled long enough. Regular postings will resume now.

That is until DH convinces me that we should start the kitchen painting. SIGH.


At 6:24 AM , Blogger amylovie said...

Your dining room looks awesome Jannett. Your hard work really paid off.

A good friend of mine is doing a similar program at MD Anderson here in Houston. The healing power of knitting is amazing.


At 8:23 AM , Blogger Mom (a.k.a. Mary Ann) said...

Good for you on all counts.The dining room looks terrific. And I really love your starting the knitting group. I find the "group therapy" aspect of knitting is especially strong. Once the members get comfortable with each other, they begin to share not just knitting but their lives and concerns.

At 10:43 AM , Blogger irishmama said...

Your dining room looks great. The 12 hour shifts you'll get use to, I've being doing them for 12 years, but its all those days off I love.

At 12:14 PM , Blogger Sheryl said...

The dining room looks great - I understand all too well the work of painting & redecorating. Teaching knitting to folks in a hospital is such a gift - it will impact them forever. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the socks!

At 12:53 PM , Blogger Lolly said...

That is amazing about the knitting group, J! How very rewarding :)

Love your socks!

At 2:55 PM , Blogger Cathi said...

Jannett, everything looks amazing. You did beautiful work in your dining room. I hope that you were able to breathe and enjoy the entire event.

And congrats on teaching the class and passing the knitting fire on to others. How wonderful.

Sorry about the job change, but maybe it will end up being something that you prefer- having more days at home. I hope it works out well.

At 10:04 AM , Blogger Sourire11 said...

WOW! Your dining room looks great!!! I love LOVE the dark color.

What a nice story about the therapeutic powers of knitting … and good for you for teaching others and for the caring caps program.. That’s really wonderful.

Thanks for your compliment on my shawl… I haven’t knit any socks yet so I’m not yet familiar with the magic of turning a heel – I hope to cast on for my very first pair soon, though!

At 11:12 AM , Blogger Suzie said...

Your DR looks fab and starting a knitting group? That is so wonderful! You go girl!


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