Focusing on the Positive

I never said thank you to you guys for your nice comments and emails about the post where I mentioned my postpartum depression. I find that most of us want to only blog about the good things in our lives or when we do blog about bad stuff it’s the stuff that we perceive as out of our control. A friend emailed me that she thinks that maybe we only blog the good stuff because that’s how we want our lives to be, and by blogging that way we are possibly bringing ourselves closer to that in reality. Positive thinking is a powerful thing.

So anyway, thanks for the nice notes. I most definitely don’t have it all together — as some of you crazy people thought — but I do get it together sometimes and that tends to be what I show on this blog. Also, about postpartum depression — mine is very mild and has improved greatly now that Tristan is once again sleeping through the night — it can be a serious problem and anyone who says it isn’t doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Tom Cruise better hope that Katie Holmes doesn’t develop it or he’ll be eating his uninformed words.

Now, continuing on the focusing on the positive theme, here are some positive things. First, a decent amount of progress on a sweater for a friend’s baby. It was intended as a new baby gift but after numerous attempts the yarn I was using and the pattern just would not play well together. So, yarn switch and no pattern later this is what I have –

WIP - Baby Sweater

Yes, you read that right — NO PATTERN. Am I insane or what? Making that felted bag in the round was fun so I thought, I’ll just make up a pattern in the round. Well, now I haven’t worked on it in two weeks because I am so sick of stockinette stitch. Arghhh!! But right, we’re focusing on the positive here and I think I have a plan. Just a few more rounds and then I’ll start some shaping for the top. I’m thinking this will be more of a smock — to be worn over a shirt in cooler weather — so that means no sleeves. Now that’s positive.

Next, I knitted up what can only be called the skimpiest of all gauge swatches for a sweater I intend to make for Tristan’s birthday. I think I knit about three more rows from what you see below before I called it quits.

Gauge Swatch

Right, I know, not really a gauge swatch at all. But, I did get gauge in that miniscule sample so I intend to cast on and start soon — his birthday is approaching rapidly. It will be my first ever cable experience. Wish me luck.

And the last thing is these invitations I made for a bridal shower for my soon-to-be sister-in-law. My sister and I are hosting it for her in November so she can meet some of our extended family. I think it’ll be fun, and a wedding, now that’s something positive indeed.

Bridal Shower Invitation

3 Responses to “Focusing on the Positive”

  1. 1 beckyf October 15, 2006 at 9:29 pm

    Hi, there! I’ve just discovered your blog after following a link from Posie Gets Cozy.

    I love the looks of your blog, and have enjoyed reading many of your entries so far. I am especially enjoying your photos.

  2. 2 beckyf October 15, 2006 at 9:33 pm

    Oops, sorry, didn’t realize I was signed in under my WordPress account. I was reading the craft blogs under my Typepad sign-in.


  3. 3 Rebecca October 17, 2006 at 9:49 am

    Those hormones are definitely REALITY. I didn’t just struggle through post-partum but throughout every cycle….severely, too. My complete hysterectomy at age 30 took care of those severe lows. My thoughts are with you, sweetie! I can relate.

    That little baby sweater is precious! What pattern is it?

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