Fighting the Funk


The first week back from spring break started off more than a bit rough.  I had a delightful Easter, and Nate and I moved in for a three-week house-sitting/teen-sitting gig while my tutoring students’ grandparents are traveling in Japan. We get to live above-ground (hasta luego, dark basement) in their beautiful, historic home in Portland’s west hills.

The view from the balcony of the house where we’re staying.

However, despite the view, my body did not take this transition too kindly at first. An unfamiliar mattress, student teaching picking up steam, and terrifying nightmares about the aforementioned teen throwing midnight pancake parties did not make the most relaxing cocktail. I barely slept for three nights straight, and the few hours I did get in were fitful. On Tuesday night I came home late after a meeting and tried to knit just one row on my current sock project to try to unwind. I couldn’t even make it halfway around. I just stared into space for an hour, sock in hand. It was bad.

By Wednesday afternoon I was feeling a bit more myself, and the weather was gorgeous, so I decided to keep the good vibes going and start something fresh to welcome spring. I sat out on the balcony in the sun with a glass of wine and cast on the Coos Bay Beanie (one of the patterns I got from the Rose City Yarn Crawl). Turns out this quick hat project was just the thing to get me out of my funk. That night I slept perfectly.

Casting on on the balcony.

Ahh…much better. I’ve since made quite a bit of progress, and I should finish this weekend. I am knitting it in one of the special blends that Yarnia wound up exclusively for this pattern (yes, you’ve seen that cone before), and I absolutely adore it! It’s a blend of bamboo, alpaca, and merino wool in Shell, a creamy white with tinges of champagne. The bamboo makes it really smooth and silky, and the alpaca and wool add a nice halo of softness. I cannot wait to wear this thing!

Judging by the weather, I might have to wait a while…