Friday, October 06, 2006

Back In The Old Homestead Again

We're safely back from our trip and getting sorted. This jetlag business is a bit of a nuisance - you can't sleep at night and then in the morning, when everything else is bright and cheery, you want to sink back into slumber. It doesn't help either that October has exploded here into heavy rain and high winds - nothing like the clear bright light of British Columbia. Worst of all, my knitting mojo seems to have gone walkabout. Lene, I know now just what you were talking about the other day, only in my case it's not only a strange lack of interest, it's a lack of ability. I've lost the knack! Even the Glitz socks, faithful companions throughout our trip, just wouldn't work for me. Trying to relax before bed last night by doing a few rows was a disaster. Missed stitches, incorrect pattern repeats, reversing instead of going forward, you name it, I did it. I mean it isn't as if I don't know those socks intimately by this time! At one point, reaching for the spare needle, I instead pulled out one entire needleful of stitches - all in the darkest possible colour of course - then had to rush upstairs to the one lamp with the natural daylight bulb (no you can't source Ott-Lites here, dream on) to pick the little beasties up.

Put the socks aside until such time as I should have recovered my knitting senses and tried to start on a little neck scarf like that shown by Peg in her recent posting (see how confused my jetlagged mind is, I can't even find the energy to look for the proper Html coding to put proper links - sorry Peg and Lene.) But that slipped off the needles, got tangled, wouldn't cooperate - and then I found I'd dropped three separate stitches into the bargain, so that went into the Waiting For Clarity basket too. Heck, I hope my mojo comes bouncing back soon. Do you think I might have to take up making little churches in matchsticks instead?

On our way back from town this evening I found a large red balloon bouncing in the gutter and grasped it to take home for Muffy. Muffy loves a balloon above all else. Sophie (who has been showing gloomy detachment since our return) is scared of such evil inventions, Tasha regards them with superior amusement, but Muffy - ah she goes into paroxysms of excitement.



She bounced around the room, heading it like a professional, until I couldn't stand the tension of waiting for the inevitable explosion any longer and put it away for another day.

You can just see my trip stash or some of it, piled on the table next to the balloon. Happily the large floating red object occupied my little canine yarn fiend's mind more than the Fiddlesticks, the Handmaiden or even the niddy noddy. I really must remember to move that yarn tomorrow... if I wake up before Muffy does.

A full posting tomorrow evening, I promise. Most of the work will be out of the way by then, for the moment at least. And I want to tell you about the lovely surprise package from Marianne which was waiting for me on my return. Such treasures!

12 comments:

Marianne said...

Welcome home, Jo, so good to have you back again. Try and rest up, you haven't lost your 'abilities', you're just verra tired!
Heads up.

Peg said...

My dear girl - Mr. M or Mojo will return! He decided to stay behind for a wee bit and take in a few more yarn shops! Put the needles aside, put on the tea or coffee - maybe a glass of something mellow - and just dream of your holiday. Mr. M. is having fun and when he tires of it and runs out of spare cash, have no fear he will be back. Trying to coerce him to return only makes him stubborn and fretful. Quietly sit and wait - I promise he will be back! Tiredness makes us have mushy brains and that is not good for knitting, as you learned! I was in Uptown today and fingering some beautiful purples, but I need to know the weight you want!

Anonymous said...

Glad you are safely back. Can't wait to see the stash (you are so right, vicarious stash acquisition is lots of fun).

Totally understand about trying to knit in your condition. You think you are doing everything right and then this horrible mess comes off your needles. Don't you HATE it when you whip the wrong double point out of your socks. How many times have I done that!!!!!

Hope sweet Sophie gets her Mojo back soon.

Shelley said...

Glad you had a good time! Hope the jet lag wears off soon for you.

Ms. Knitingale said...

Oh, poor Jo! I can all too easily picture you, working away on a sock in a state of jet-lagged exhaustion. Never fear, Sweet. I promise that the mojo is still right there. He's just tired and jet-lagged, too. I'll bet money that once you're rested and start looking through your trip stash, he'll be right there at your elbow. Oh, and I too remember pulling the wrong DPN out of a sock--and just staring openmouthed at the mess because I absolutely could not believe I had done such a thing! Very glad to have you back!

Fiberjoy said...

Perhaps it's time to quietly hold your stash in your lap and let go of actually doing anything with yarn for a couple days.

There is always spindling to calm the senses. Koolaid dyeing in the future. Perhaps a bit of crocheting. :-)

First, throw on some waterproof gear and go for a long walk and breathe in that clean Irish air.

Lynn said...

Fiberjoy said: "Perhaps it's time to quietly hold your stash in your lap and let go of actually doing anything with yarn for a couple days."

Not do anything with yarn? For two whole days?

The mind boggles. Must. Go. Eat. Chocolate.

Carla said...

A few days of rest and you'll be good as new. Those lovely socks will wait patiently in the meantime. Jet lag is no joke and your body needs time to rest and readjust.

Connie said...

Jo I enjoyed your trip very much! Not as much as you, cause I have no yarn to show for it, but a lot. I may stop by the old LYS today......

Charity said...

So glad to hear you made it home safe and sound! Of course your Mojo will be back... perhaps he still has jetlag, too? Try knitting in the middle of the night! :0)

Angeluna said...

Sorry, 3rd post Anonymous above was me. Must have hit the wrong button. And I don't have jetlag as an excuse.

Barbara-Kay said...

I miss you - look every day for a new post. Inquiring minds want to know what's up!