Pissed Off Knitting

I hit a cement post in a parking ramp on Wednesday. The post won. I now have a long, corrugated dent in the side of my poor little Stratus. All of this after a very frustrating experience at the doctor’s office. If I’m being honest, it was the direct result of a very frustrating experience at the doctor’s office.  Moral of the story: take some time to calm down before getting behind the wheel. You’ll be happy you did later.

You’d better believe I went right home and picked up my knitting. I almost didn’t take my shoes off first. That’s where BF found me an hour later when he got home from work, working my frustration out on the Pi Shawl and watching The Wedding Singer, one of my go-to comfort movies.

I’ve been saving three skeins of glorious Swans Island merino for a couple of months now, intending to use them to knit a romantic little lace wrap. A lace wrap that, on further review, intimidates the heck out of me.  I don’t recall the name of the pattern, but it’s on the cover of Wendy Knits Lace. Oy. I’m so glad I decided to use it to knit a Pi Shawl instead. I have just the right amount of yarn for it. And I’m so glad I got past the really annoying beginning section on dpns on  Monday night. I don’t think I could have handled dpns on Wednesday afternoon. By Wednesday, I’d transferred the pattern to my nice slick circulars. Click, click, click.

I’m really enjoying this Pi Shawl. I still get to knit some very pretty lace, but it’s lace that doesn’t give me heart palpitations. I go round and round and only have to rip back occasionally when I get distracted by rapping Grandmas or  creepy renditions of “Lady’s Night.”

Thank heaven’s I had a pissed-off-knitting project available. What do you knit when you have issues to work out?


  1. So–okay–did you have any knitting with you when you went to your appointment? Preventive medicine indeed.

  2. i think i need to find a pissed off knitting project.
    too often i have a bad day and then end up cursing my knitting for being too difficult/too easy/too fiddly/too annoying.
    the knitting hasn’t done anything wrong, but you lash out at loved ones.

    • I never thought about the problems inherent with a pissed off knitting project being too easy, but you’re right. You need something just absorbing enought to distract you. And it has to be simple enough that if you stop to rant at the universe it won’t be the ruin of your project.

    • I definitely fidget with anything in range.I break lots of paper clips and I’m always snapping those little sticky-outy things in the caps of pens.

  3. I have this spacey idea that the emotions you have when you’re knitting go into the project, so I try to never knit in anger…frogging is the appropriate activity for rage.Don’t have a UFO that needs the death rip? Just do it mentally. It works.

    • There’s definitely a point at which I am too agitated to knit. The same point at which meditation can’t help either.

      I find knitting very calming and meditative, but only if my brain and my body are receptive to it.

      I’ll keep frogging in mind for the next time I need something involving gross motor skills to distract me. Failing that, I’ll go back to hitting things with a sick or chewing on my desk. 🙂

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