Tuesday, April 15, 2008

G; H

I'm late with my G post.

G is for Garter Stitch.

My favorite stitch--it's bouncy and energetic. It's soothing to knit. When I started David's Korea blanket, I had grandiose ideas for lace stitches and colorwork. Then I realized that this blanket was more my comfort than his. All of my anxiety about losing my husband for a year goes into this blanket. Garter stitch is my Valium.

H is for Heart.

I remember sitting in a psychiatrist's office once and listening to his discourse about defenses. He was using a Lego blocks metaphor. The image of this heart struck me instantly and painfully. Sometimes I feel like my heart is so full of defenses and walls that it's actually made of stark blocks. Still, I think it's a beautiful image.


Lovs2Knit said...

Nothing like garter stitch on a simple project to help relieve some tension.

Alwen said...

Garter (or plain stockinette in the round) is very comforting, isn't it? Meditative.

Re your comment, my husband can eat kim chi with no, er, aftereffects.

It's the aftereffects of the dog eating grasshoppers that wake us up in the night!

CraftyGryphon said...

Okay, wow. Your blackwork heart is just incredible!

(And I had one for the List of Things I Say To My Husband: "You say you're going to do [________]; are you going to do it this millenium or next?" It was kinda cute when we first got married in '99; now he realizes that he gets so say he's *going* to do [_______] ONE MORE TIME, and if it doesn't get done, There Will Be Consequences. [Usually me and my mom doing it, and we don't always work to his spec, so it's actually a threat of sorts.])

CanarySanctuary said...

I really, really love that heart embroidery! It's so beautiful.

Mr X Stitch said...

This is the most awesome blackwork piece I've seen. I've blogged about it as inspiration - http://mrxstitch.blogspot.com/.
If ever you wanted to sell or swap it, I'd be very interested.