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.
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).
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.
Sometimes you just need to find the right song.
(Ravely details here.)