Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Mindless And Relaxing.

This morning I'm sharing my "work project," a basic sock I keep at work for any down times. It's an appropriate picture because work has been dominating my thoughts.
But I am working to minimize that because work should not take over one's life, don't you think? I've been trying to work less (unpaid) overtime, meditate more regularly, and eat better. I'll be doing more mindless knitting this evening when Keith and I plan to watch at least one episode of The Man in the High Castle on Amazon Prime. It's an alternative history set in the United States in the 1960s in a world where the Axis won World War II. We are hooked!

What do you do when work is stressful?

Anyway, the yarn here is Cascade Heritage Prints, color 08. I'm a bit worried about sizing. This yarn feels thinner than the regular Cascade Heritage, which is a yarn I like quite a bit. It will fit someone, I'm sure.

And I'm still reading the short stories in American Innovations by Rivka Galchen. I am enjoying them, but so far the first one is the best.
I'll be linking up with Ginny for Yarn Along.

21 comments:

  1. I don't work outside the home, but with three little ones and homeschooling there is still a fair amount of stress :-) And when the stress comes, well, the headphones are put on and the music is played...loudly :-) I have seen that show advertised, but haven't watched it. I'm thinking about it during the Christmas holiday though! It looks like a good one.

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  2. I've thought about watching The Man in The High Castle, but have had my reservations. I also almost picked up a ball of Cascade Heritage Prints in the store but put it back as well. Apparently I'm not feeling too adventuresome. :) Your sock looks great so far and it is a good idea to keep it close at hand.

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  3. I've thought about watching The Man in The High Castle, but have had my reservations. I also almost picked up a ball of Cascade Heritage Prints in the store but put it back as well. Apparently I'm not feeling too adventuresome. :) Your sock looks great so far and it is a good idea to keep it close at hand.

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  4. I really like that yarn. I'm knitting it in Christmas colors right now but will most certainly be buying some more.

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  5. I like the yarn for those socks. And what a good attitude you have about them fitting someone if they aren't the size you planned. Knitting is my stress relief and you are right work shouldn't take our your life.

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  6. Great sock! Self-patterning yarn look like fun.

    xoxo Andrea @ This Knitted Life

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  7. The sock color is really pretty.

    I wish I was better at handling stress too. I don't have work stress, but I suppose stress is stress no matter where it comes from.

    I know if I had less stress, my health would be better and if my health was better, I would have less stress. It's a vicious circle.

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  8. I love this sock. I have a "gingerbread" version of the work sock in my purse as I write this. Mindless knits are essential through these stressful times. I'm with you, it's definitely work that is preoccupying me more than the holidays, but that is there too. But it sounds like you're self aware and really doing your best to mitigate the stress and find your balance. Wishing you well.

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  9. Work stress can immobilize me and no knitting, nothing gets done. I let that stress control me for about a day and then think…do some MEDITATION. It always works, clears my head so I can reasonable think “will this matter in three weeks’? I then put the stress aside and pick up my needles. Good luck with your job, know you are not alone, we all go through it. Great sock.

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  10. Pretty sock!
    When I worked I always seemed to get more knitting done because I had designated knitting times during the day. Now retired life is a chaotic mess and I have to fight for me time. Go figure.

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  11. I always had work knitting - just to keep me sane!

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  12. I know what you mean about work; I've been leaving work at work but with the grading period ending, I brought home papers last night and tonight to catch up. It's worth it though to keep striving for balance because otherwise we get cranky and ineffective. Hang in there, the break is coming!

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  13. Cascade Heritage is what my Christmas colored socks are....and that is the yarn my hubby coveted. When I started his socks (and usually he pays absolutely NO attention to my knitting!!!) he commented that they looked awfully small. (Me? I was just knitting my usual number of stitches I cast on for his socks not paying the least attention!!!) He was right. I had to rip out and cast on an additional 8 stitches to get his size----so beware. That yarn is seriously thinner than the usual sock weight.

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  14. Your sock is looking lovely I really like the colour, I hope it fits ok. :)

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  15. Such pretty knitting!!
    I work from home and look after our two daughters - no time for thinking at all ;-)
    But my husband is always very busy this time of the year and it can get quite stressful for all of us - we miss him, when he is working those long hours. Running, exercise, time for going out together really helps - but it gets even harder to squeeze it it if you are busy. It's worth trying all the same. Hope things will relax around you and you get more time to spend on theses beautiful socks!

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  16. There was no time for anything other than work nonstop for 12 hour shifts with frighteningly ill infants. I am so happy to be done with that and retired. I was always jealous of poeple who could work and shop on Black friday or cyber monday or NCAA basketball pools. I may have lasted longer in another profession. Teaching is noble and very important. I think you need down time to be able to teach and promote creativity.

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  17. the show you are watching or will be watching sounds good. I'm gonna see if netflix has it but I bet you it doesn't... love your work project and I think the yarn looks thin too!!

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  18. Sounds like an interesting show, and hooray for taking time for yourself. Good for the soul, mind, and body.

    Ugh, I'm just back at work after maternity leave, and our family has some more major changes on the horizon, so it's a stressful time. I wish I were doing more knitting, reading, or walking, but have been in survival mode for the past few weeks.

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  19. Love the socks! Teaching is a tough profession, and I commend you for doing it, and I am sure you do it well. Glad you have strategies to relieve the stress, too.

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  20. I just had to comment on your sick; I have one sock completed and one on the needles of the same yarn! It does knit up in a pretty pattern.

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  21. The sock looks great even if the yarn is thinner. I am always a bit stress by work, some weeks practically kill me. The kids are out of control this time of year and they are all sick. I bet yours are not feeling grounded with all the change in schedules due to the Holidays,
    Take care of yourself it is a must!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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