|The Hillsborough Yarn Shop is located on a quaint, downtown street.|
|While learning about the debt crisis in Cyprus and Greece, the history of |
environmentalism in Germany, the effect of referendums on European politics,
and other topics, I worked on this knitted cowl using some alpaca from my stash.
But my year-long vacation was interrupted last week, when my mother-in-law made an emergency trip to the hospital and, after five day of tests, received a pacemaker and is now at home in her house in the country. In addition to my concerns about her health and my wistful sadness at the passing of time, I’ve also been dealing with the reality that my brief respite from struggling to balance home and career in a positive way is suspended for now.
|The yarn in the Hillsborough shop is conveniently arranged by weight.|
|I was in a hurry to get home when I took this, so I |
didn't notice the reflected cars until I got home.
|I finished this shawl for my mother-in-law last night. The design is very simple and easy to knit up quickly. I can't believe I completed this in less than a week's time.|
Buying yarn and knitting to deal with pressure must reveal some type of addictive personality, but, as long as I don't indulge in too many luxury yarn sprees, I suppose I should be relieved that I don't turn to destructive methods to cope with the inevitable tensions and difficulties of life. In fact, Tamara Grand in a Gaimlife blog post entitled, "Can Knitting Give You a Runner's High?" asserts that knitting and exercise share a commonality, in that they both "make you feel better and . . . help to ward off depression." She adds that "they mitigate stress and facilitate better sleep" because both knitting and exercise have an effect on the mood-related neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins. Grand also discusses how "people immersed in repetitive spacial-motor tasks show remarkable similarities to those engaged in deep meditation." I'd heard about this connection before, but now have personal proof of its truthfulness.