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Finding the Right Song

Back in October, I decided to knit a warm and cozy sweatshirt-of-a-sweater.  Kind of an (ahem) instant gratification project.  Simple.  Big needles.  Chunky yarn.

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And I cast on during one of the Cubs games . . . on their way to the World Series.  I knit through all the games, and my knitting soundtrack seemed to be David Bowie/Queen's Under Pressure.

I was planning to finish up the bottom ribbing a week later . . . as I watched the election results.  But.  That night I couldn't knit a stitch.  I just sat there.  With my knitting in my lap.

Weeks of angst.  No knitting.  I couldn't bear to pick up any knitting - let alone that particular sweater.  I was dealing with my election grief -- while also hosting my entire family for Thanksgiving and my Mom's memorial service.  My knitting soundtrack switched to grunge . . . insert any Nirvana song here . . . but let's go with Smells Like Teen Spirit.

I started knitting another project - Project Peace, in fact.  Which brought be back to my needles and away from my angst.  After a few rounds of Project Peace, I decided to put it aside temporarily -- and finish up the sweater.

This time, a new knitting soundtrack emerged . . . Foo Fighters Times Like These (here's a nice acoustic version for you).

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I, I'm a new day rising
I'm a brand new sky
To hang the stars upon tonight
I am a little divided
Do I stay or run away
And leave it all behind?

It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again

And then . . . well.  I finished the sweater easily.  

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Sometimes you just need to find the right song.

(Ravely details here.)

 

Comments

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Juliann

What a beautiful sweater! Happy you are back to the needles.

Carole

That's awesome! And I'm glad it stayed with you throughout the challenging times. We will rise again!

Helen

Great sweater, great attitude. :)

margene

I love the little hint of color that also matches your sock trim! Nice work on, what looks to be, a very cozy and warm sweater. And yay! for knitting because it helped you work through your angst and grief.

Jo

Brrrr...your sweater looks perfect for cold, snowy weather.

Bonny

I've always loved the soundtracks you've "played" with your knitting, and I'm so glad you found the right song with this wonderful sweater through the election angst and grief. I completely agree with Helen! :-)

Pam

Great sweater! I think it hits all the right cozy notes -- and the pockets, if not truly flattering, add to the cozy charm. And I'd add, the contrast means that well, you know the bulk is the pockets, not you. So not unflattering, either. I predict this will be both a brisk walk and a warm fire kind of sweater.

Mary

what a great finish! I love the soundtracks you paired with the project ... that last song is my favorite.

Kat Christensen

So cute! I love how it turned out! And, the sound tracks are so perfect!

Vicki

That's fantastic! I love the pocket details!!

Sandy

What a great sweater! I love the pockets!!

Gale Zucker (she shoots sheep shots)

Right song AND right sweater! To the queue for this one, it is a winner.

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