Hello, blog readers. I think I'm ready to start posting again. April has disappeared into a haze of homework, self-doubt, reflection, homework, exhaustion, and more homework. All of my assignments for my teacher training were due on April 29, and I turned in almost everything. The thing about this training is not just that it required a lot of homework, but it really required me to change as a person as well. And even though I think I'm a better person for it, the change was difficult and sometimes painful. It's a lot to take in.
In April I worked myself to exhaustion and tears, and you might say it culminated two weeks ago with me forgetting to knit for an entire day. I broke my three year streak and I was too tired to care! Now that I'm on the other side of things, I'm trying to figure out who I am again, and what I like to do for fun. I know that I still like to knit, so I'll start there.
One thing that has gotten me through the past few months has been tea. It helps my sinuses (a huge problem for me), and I've trained myself to relax while drinking tea. It also has a lot of stuff attached to it that I think is a lot of fun: flavors of tea, tea kettles, mugs, loose tea holders, honey... I realized that the one thing I was missing was a mug cozy.
My mug cozy lets me hold my tea when it is still steaming without hurting my fingers, and the bit of contact with a knitted thing is soothing to me. I started my mug cozy with some bulky yarn that I had never figured out how to use, but then I changed my mind. This cozy should be made with the luxury stuff, since tea is a tiny little luxury for me.
So I knitted this cozy on US 1 DPNs with some leftover Crown Mountain Farm Sock Hop yarn instead. It's 18 stitches, garter stitch all the way with some button holes at the end. It's perfect. Except that I did not realize how much stretch there needed to be in the cozy, and I recently ripped out about 2 inches and re-did the button holes. Now it's really perfect!
I'm glad I had this little project to make me smile during tough times. Now I'll get to enjoy it during happy times as well.