I've heard it said that knitting is therapeutic and relaxing. I guess it all depends on what you mean by therapeutic and relaxing.
Dan's been gone for almost a month now. I'm pretty sad and lonely, I'll admit. I had gotten used to having him around. I feel like I've easily transitioned back into singledom, with the bonus of near-nightly phone calls. But I'm still sad. So what do I do? Sleep a lot? Eat a lot? No. Well, not anymore than usual, anyway. I knit.
I wouldn't say it is therapeutic. It is just a way to veg out for a few hours at a time. It keeps me from pining. I've been trying to pay attention to what I'm feeling or thinking while I'm knitting, and it doesn't seem to be much of either. This, of course, works nicely with the way I deal with things, so I'm not complaining.
As for relaxing? During the hours I am knitting, I find my shoulders creeping closer and closer to my ears, my feet falling asleep from being tucked under each other, and my hands cramping from holding the needles. Oddly, though, I am relaxed. I may find myself in uncomfortable positions, but I feel calm (barring any gauge issues). I don't fret over anything; I don't think about work; I don't yearn for Dan; I just am. This is good.
In the meanwhile, I've made two gifts. I finished the One Skein Wonder for my sis, and I finished the Baby Bolero. I'm just going to show a detail of the Baby Bolero for now. I'm not sure it will fit the new baby--Joseph was pretty big--but the description says "For a newborn, teddy bear, or doll." I figure it will fit something.
Next I'm going to swatch for the Pale Blue Jacket from Rebecca 30. I'm using the recommended yarn, GGH Scarlett in a really pretty, shiny blue (shade 16). I am having second thoughts, though. I may switch to the Lacy Cardigan from Vintage Knits by Sarah Dallas, but there's only one size (32-36) and I'm just a little too busty for that. I haven't read very many good things about these patterns, either. I've made the Cabled Mittens and they were great, but I'm hesitant to make a sweater. Besides, it bugs me that she used at least two of the same patterns from this book in Sarah Dallas Knitting (and one other in Rowan's Vintage Knits).