Have you ever been antsy and unsettled and watched yourself do some activity that doesn’t make any sense? Welcome to my world, and the world of many critters.
noun: displacement activity; plural noun: displacement activities
An animal or human activity that seems inappropriate to the context, such as head-scratching when one is confused, considered to arise unconsciously when a conflict between antagonistic urges cannot be resolved.
As I watch the news, one of my inner voices shouts, “Don’t just sit there. Do something to make everything alright.”
With the anxiety that comes from this impossible command, I jump into determined action—— knitting!
My sarcastic-self chides, “So you think you can knit up a batch of world peace and cooperation? Really?”
Arthur told me that he needed a hat that was warm but not scratchy for winter adventures. Just what I needed…A mission. TAH TAH
Some doings calm me and help me think: knitting, spinning, drawing, weaving. So maybe it’s not all just a waste of time.
Being a fiber freak, I do have precious skeins of wool stashed away. I started with 132 stitches of Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift. About 7 stitches per inch. Knit two, purl two… all the way around. Keep this up for 7.5 inches…. then reduce to the tippy top using any style you like.
Then…. after the wool hat was done… I picked up stitches from the beginning edge.. and using cotton Comfy from Knitpicks finish 5 inches of k2- p2. You can flip the “lining” inside the hat. Et voila.
But after I finished Arthur’s hat… I just kept going. Busy busy, Auntie Crow.
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