This is one of those day's when I wish I could find someone bigger than me to tell me everything was going to be all right. I really would like a large dose of dark chocolate! Early yesterday morning I had to bury the sister to my cat that had died the following Friday. I have orders to fill that are not getting done because I know from experience that I should not torch when I am upset. To say nothing of the fact that I cannot even begin to create anything at the torch when I am grieving.
I have, however, discovered that knitting and crocheting must use a different part of my creative thinking because I can do both of those. I had started crocheting again after years of neglect as a way to keep my hands busy and stay awake when I sit down in the evening. I find both knitting and crocheting to be relaxing and a way to cope with stress. I had intended to start knitting again because in my effort to buy less of my consumer goods from China, I had decided that I would knit my own gloves.
I looked--futilely--for glove patterns with fingers. None were available at any of the local stores. I have since found some, but on further reflection decided that since I haven't held a knitting needle in more than fifteen years pehaps it would be best to start with fingerless gloves. Yesterday I downloaded a pattern for fingerless gloves and got a ball of yarn. After a few false starts I have a creditably good start on one fingerless glove--in the brightest purple I could find. I think I will send the completed gloves to my niece. And I am happy to discover that I have several ideas of different colors that I would like to try. Maybe I will add gloves to my line of things I sell at bazaars.