I have spent this weekend on a writers’ retreat, outside Bristol. The foul weather has only added to the atmosphere of cosy creativity – I haven’t minded the rain storms one jot. (Though I will mind if the roads are flooded when I try to leave. I’m trying not to think about that.)
Knitting is always a very important part of any writing retreat for me. Very, very important. It’s meditative, it’s a reward system, it’s a point of conversation, it’s comforting. I also love how memories become entwined in the knitting.
This time I am working on a Honey Cowl, a knitting pattern that is famously loved on the Interwebs and free. It’s just gorgeous – I can’t stop knitting it! (In between the, ahem, writing.) I’m using Madelinetosh Merino DK in Black Velvet. Two skeins of this stuff is – eek! – a little bit on the expensive side and I felt very guilty buying it. But, hey, I’m knitting a cowl; it’s not a jumper. And, hey, everyone needs to treat themselves every now and then.
Sewaholic made a fabulous version of this cowl here. I find it apt that she titled her blog post ‘Knitting to Keep Calm’. My weekend has all been about calming down. Meditations, collages, more meditations, chatting, games, wine and early nights. And, of course, the writing. But mainly the calming down.
None of it would be complete, though, without the knitting.
I’d love to hear if you have ways of re-grounding. We all need to do it sometimes!