Posts Tagged ‘scarf’

Knitting and trauma

I’m traveling again, in London doing the last of six modules in Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Training for treatment of post traumatic stress disorder and physiological or neurological overwhelm in the body and brain.  Good 3-year training, full-on, but we certainly end up knowing what we are doing. 

Trauma Knitting… Ishbel with garter stitch instead of stocking stitch – a little like wool pedlar’s shawl in that respect, but much wider.  Even wider than the original Ishbel design, obviously, as garter stitch reduces the length down the middle from centre back to tip.  I’m enjoying it, even having to frequently rip back a row when I haven’t paid attention – or is it the trauma – anyway, it’s looking lovely in raspberry pink hand-dyed 4ply yarn.

I’ve finished two ‘Perky Parallelogram’ scarves, smallish and not unsurprisingly parallelogram-shaped.  No picis as yet, life in general has been full-on, without the trauma training to complicate matters. 

I’m fantasizing about doing some Mindful Awareness Meditation training after this… it’s an oasis on the horizon… 🙂

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It’s finished at last… completed almost entirely whilst commuting between Edinburgh and London, and a little at City Knitty Stitch and Bitch in Edinburgh.  The scarf goes with so much of what I wear – and with what Joolz wears too 🙂  The Noro sock yarn looks fairly good in this incarnation – for socks I would not used it unstriped. 

Snow at Gatwick Feather and Fan scarf

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Snow at Gatwick

I was down in London on Monday, flew Sunday night in the snow and then got diverted to Stansted!!!!!!!  … but we didn’t land there and got diverted to Heathrow instead.  Phew!  Stansted is a fate worse than death and I might still be trying to get out of there now, had we landed there. 

It took us from 11pm til 12:30 to get into central London with the tube on the Piccadilly line stopping, running out of power, then the men having to scrape the ice off the rails by hand!!! and finally we limped into Kings Cross, where it was 12:30 and not a taxi in sight, but 6 inches of snow on the ground.  So I dragged my little suitcase to the hotel.  40 minutes it took me, and I was a retrospective snowplough all the way down the Euston Road 🙂 

featherandfannoro1When I finally finished on Monday night I was running for the last and only flight to Edinburgh like a demented quasimodo.  However, I had managed to slide into John Lewis and buy some Kureyon Sock Yarn and a pair of extremely bendy plastic needles to start a scarf, should I a) not be able to get to Gatwick or b) find my flight cancelled or delayed into next week.  Neither happened, but I have here a lovely new WIP, a feather and fan scarf!

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Anne Hanson

Oh my word, this woman designs some lovely stuff. She is ‘knitspot’ on ravelry, or just search for her. I want to knit Alhambra!

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