Yarn Therapy


I have the most wonderful husband.

The other day as we were driving around doing errands, much to my surprise, we ended up at our local yarn store, Wolseley Wool.

He thought pretty yarns would be a good distraction for me from some of the saddness we have been mired in this week.

And even better… he said I could get anything in the store I wanted. His treat.

*insert sweet smile here*

I restrained myself. In fact, I was really good. Although so were the January sale items at Wolseley Wool! In the end I picked up the following:

A beautiful skein of Malabrigo Rios. I’ve already used up most of it but I can’t show you what I’m making just yet… it’s a gift.

Yarn Therapy - Will Cook for Shoes

My first ever Schoppel Wool Zauberball purchase (it was 50% off, how could I resist). Socks, anyone?

Yarn Therapy - Will Cook for Shoes

And two skeins of Cascade Yarn. This is another yarn I’ve never tried before but hear a lot of good things about. Have you tried it?

Yarn Therapy - Will Cook for Shoes

The Cascades has been wound and is already being used for a new 1/4 lb cowl for a friend. I had actually started this with another yarn I had a while back but the weight of that yarn didn’t have enough substance for my likening. I’m already much happier with how this one is coming along.

Yarn Therapy - Will Cook for Shoes

While these purchases were only made just a few days ago, I’ve already made good progress on several projects. Focusing on cable kniting and reading patterns has helped me redirect some of my sadness from the past week. It’s not that I’m forgetting… just allowing my brain a little bit of a break.

Are you someone who turns to knitting, or sewing, or baking when you need to redirect your thoughts? What’s your go-to method for destressing and allowing your brain a little down-time when other things weigh heavy on your mind?

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8 thoughts on “Yarn Therapy

  1. Carmen N

    When my husband and I were still dating, he discovered early on that he could distract me from the doldrums if he got me to cook something. Something about the process of measuring and mixing always lifted my spirits. Now days I’m probably more likely to find something fun to knit or crochet. The rhythmic motions are somehow soothing. Again, I’m so sorry for your loss.

    1. admin Post author

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Carmen. There is something about losing one’s self in baking or sewing or knitting that is so therapeutic for the soul, isn’t it. Sounds like you have a wonderful and intuitive husband. Such a blessing.

  2. Liesl

    Oh, this yarn all looks dreamy. I hope they are indeed distracting you from whatever is troubling you. And way to show some restraint in the yarn store! I can’t be trusted in yarn stores.

    1. admin Post author

      This has been some fun yarn to play with. My only restraint in the yarn store comes from remembering that I have quite the stack of yarn at home still calling out for projects! And I’m signed up for at least one yarn club so I get a regular dose of yarn just by heading to the mailbox. I may have a bit of an obsession with pretty yarn.

  3. Sheryl

    Knitting is a great form of therapy. Your husband is amazing for dealing what can help you!

    On a side note I made the color affection scarf with Malabrigo Rios in plomo, Chiapas, and natural and I think plomo is one of the nicest colours possible.

  4. Laura

    My sister-in-law and I went on Saturday. I only picked up one ball, and it was Manos del Uruguay Maxima for Elena to knit a Barley hat (Tin Can Knits). Buying that nice of yarn for my kid instead of me?!?
    After Hart died, I knit like a fiend. Ball of yarn to my left, box of Kleenex to my right. 6 touques, an 8 ft long scarf, an Icelandic dress, mitts, etc, etc, etc. And then came Odin. Odin loves yarn, and everything made of yarn, and birch needles, too.

    1. admin Post author

      I guess I still have some knitting to go then in my yarn therapy… Oh Odin, you still hound. That makes me smile to think of him enjoying your knitting projects, too. Baxter will steal a ball of yarn and get himself all tied up in it if I leave it unattended even for a moment. Some of them never quite stop being a puppy, do they?

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