Of Rats and Jen (Inactive)

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Distraction Therapy

Filed under: Crafting Miscellany,Knitting,Papercraft,Sewing,Stitchery — folkcat at 1:52 pm on Monday, April 30, 2007

I’m just so tired and crappy feeling these days. Is it the stress of wondering if Gryphon will find a part-time job soon enough to count? Have we had some low-level bug pass through us? (Our bathroom habits this weekend would suggest that’s a possibility!) Is there a general malaise in Southern NH in the wake of floods, college shootings, and other miserable events dominating the news?

I’ve somehow managed to continue being productive, in spite of it all. Crafting helps to distract me from the aches and pains. The sad thing is that I have to lift my consciousness out of the creative process now and then, if only to eat and sleep. It’s at those moments that my brain has time to notice that I feel like hell.

Truthfully, I’m not too worried about it. I know that whatever it is, it will pass. And with good progress on a number of crafts, it’s hard to feel impaired by anything.

For instance, since Friday I have:

  • Cut out all the pieces for another 8 to 9 inch tall Maneki Neko papercraft model. The new one will be a different pose than the one pictured at that link, with a medallion focusing on wishing for money.
  • Stitched the stems of the vines along the sides of a path on the miniature knotted rug.NIP - Mini Knotted Rug, First Vines
  • Worked several inches of foot, the short-row heel, and a couple inches of leg on Gryphon’s Socks, Pair Two, Sock Two.
    WIP - Gryphon's Socks, Pair 2, Sock 2, Into the Leg
  • Knit the Nearly Endless Edging as far as the center of my Carnival Glass Shawl. I put it down at this point because the next step involves changing which rows attach to the live stitches for a few repeats.
    WIP - Carnival Glass Shawl, Edging to Center Point
  • Sewed a complete dogbone pillow for Gryphon. He was so taken with mine, and went shopping in my fabric stash to see if anything appealed to him. What he came up with was a discontinued Egyptian print fabric from Jo-Ann’s. Being my second dogbone, this one stitched up in no time, and Gryphon got a better made pillow than I did. (Pictures later – he’s taking a nap before work, and the pillow is in use!)
  • And I have officially turned over the rest of my portion of the PixelHobby craft to Gryphon. He’s just enjoying it too darned much, and he has precious few crafts that appeal to him the way this does. It’s not like I don’t have other things I can be working on, after all!PIP - PixelHobby, 5 done, 7 to go

You see? It’s hard to find time to feel crappy when you’re doing all this. At least the time spent feeling achy and tired is far outweighed by the time I spend successfully distracting myself from it! So, I’m planning to continue this course of distraction therapy. One day soon, I’m sure I’ll be surprised at how much better my body feels when I get up from my crafting.



Comment by Leesa

April 30, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

Any thoughts of selling custom-made dogbone pillows? They sound pretty darn comfy! And it’s nice to be able to select or supply a fabric of one’s choice, rather than be stuck with what mundane selection a store may have available. Just a thought…



Comment by Claudia

May 1, 2007 @ 8:39 am

That’s not a bad idea – selling those dogbone pillows! A couple of years ago I made two flax seed neck warmers. Sewed a long rectangle, open on a short end out of muslin, then filled it up with the seeds chamber style from one end to the other until I sewed the last chamber closed. Then I made a flannel cover with a fold over flap closing on one short side. You heat them in the microwave for no more than 3 minutes and drape around your neck. They feel WONDERFUL! You could make and sell those too!

Anyway – hope you feel better soon!


Comment by Maria

May 2, 2007 @ 2:55 pm

You are a master of several crafts! Wonderful work!


Comment by colin

May 2, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

All of these pictures show beautiful work. I have no idea what pixelhobby is but it looks like tapestry, which i assume it isn’t?
Thank you for showing. I enjoyed viewing.
I have been to New Hampshire, the White Mountians, west lebanon and a lot of NH on a road trip I did on my own in97 from here in the UK.

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