Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Knitting Zone

I finally took a break this morning from all of the school preparations, housekeeping, parenting and home business nonsense, and picked up my knitting. With Spongebob in the background, and my three-year-old laying by my feet, repeatedly dropping Pooh Bear toys on her head and saying, "Ow. Ow. Ow," at last I reached the blissful state that concentrated knitting can give you. I zoned out, following a pattern (Christmas gift - I can't show you) that I had to concentrate on. I couldn't even stop to answer the phone, as I might lose my place. Ahhhhh. Wonderful peace. Can't you just feel the stress losing its hold on you for a minute? I've been trying to get near my knitting for more than one row for days. Honestly, I think this is better than Xanax.

Back in the stress-giving world of nonknitting, I took my kids to the school openhouse last night. My oldest daughter is in a class with many of her friends, which made me breathe a sigh of relief. School can be hard, and all the worse if the people around you close you out. Thank heavens I don't foresee a year like that for her this year. My younger daughter's best friend moved away this summer, and she doesn't have a single friend in her class. I'm a little concerned for her, even though she's a friendly child. She gets very nervous about school, and this year she keeps looking around and seeing things she did with last year's friend. It's almost like she's the new kid at this school, and has to find a friend to hang with. And it's not that she's not likeable. So far she hasn't found anyone she likes that well. She'll loosen up, and I'm sure things will work out.

In the meantime, I am gearing up for the activity that comes with entertaining a three-year-old by myself. If I lived closer to Del, we could throw our kids together with some Hostess cupcakes, and not have to turn into circus clowns to keep them happy. (Right now my little one's being Super Monkey on the back of the couch. Gotta go.....)


Rachel said...

that knitting zone...I've been dreaming of it recently! Glad you found some time to be in it!

AR said...

Go Super Monkey! Hehehe

Liz said...

Three-year-old in the room and pattern concentration? How does she do it folks?

Revving up for school here too--well, preschool, but hey, I'll take 7 hours a week any time!

Am I the only slacker still working on a shawl?

Tala said...

Ahh, wish you lived closer to me! Ella desperately wants a "girlfriend" (her word, not mine!) and most kids think she's a little weird.

And Liz - I'm completely stalled on my shawl! Only 4 repeats and edging to go!

Anonymous said...

Hee hee, I wish you lived closer, too!

I know how it is when your BFF isn't there anymore, so hopefully dd will find a new BFF soon.

I need to pick up my knitting IS better than Xanax.

Jen said...

If you count the 1/2 hour to church and 1/2 hour home from church on Sunday and Wednesday, that's my knitting zone right now.
I have been trying to get another shawl cast on. But I bought the wrong size circ the other night. AK! I bought a 29' 8. And I need a 32' 6. Geesh!
I hope your girls will do great in school this year! Hopefully there will be another girl to connect with for her.

Carrie K said...

I love that knitting zone.
And your poor daughter! she'll get through it, probably better than you it sounds like, but it's so hard to watch and not be able to fix.

Jennifer said...

I would love to be in the knitting zone. I've got a three year old too, though. I feel your pain, my friend.