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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Stress busters.

There are as many ways to deal with stress as there are stressed people.  I have tried many methods over the years, from the not-quite-legal (I grew up in the 60s and 70s - need I say more?), to the ethereal (meditation, yoga, breathing), to the physical - jogging (70s version of running), walking, mad-girl volleyball.  These days, my favorite method of dealing with stress, besides the occasional vodka and tonic, is knitting.  I can and do knit all year long.  As the temperatures rise, I move from wool to cotton or linen.  As the temperatures fall, I move from lace weight to worsted.  I love to knit.  I am a fairly skilled knitter, although I pale in the company of my friends Kayten and Melanie.  My mother knits socks and taught me.  I learn best by watching and doing, rather than by reading.  I usually have at least three projects on the needles - one is a new, more complicated (for me) pattern; one is not quite as complicated and familiar to me; and one is always a dishcloth.
This is a representative set - winners will be surprised!
Since it has been a fairly stressful summer so far, I have a plethora of dishcloths.  In honor of my Summer of Stress (;o), I have decided to hold a drawing for two sets of two dishcloths.  Two lucky readers will each win a pair of dishcloths.  All four dishcloths were knit with 100% cotton/recycled cotton by yours truly.  This should be fun - unless you view dishcloths as some view zucchini.  "Oh my god, not more dishcloths!"  In order to enter the drawing, just leave a comment with your favorite stress-busting method.  The cut-off date is this Thursday.  Scrappy the Super Dog will be selecting the winners, and those winners will be announced on Friday.  Don't worry - he's completely impartial!  Good luck!

8 comments:

  1. Too funny. I also knit dishcloths and face cloths for stress relief. My sister (who is ill) crochets dishcloths.
    There are always needles and yarn in my handbag for mindless knitting. I figure it is better than biting my nails as some do ... and much more productive!

    Hope you are healing well.

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  2. Oh Scrappy, pick me, pick me! My stress busters are either my clawfoot tub filled with bubbles or cuddling up to watch a Jane Austen movie. For mega stress, both!

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  3. Penny, I LOVE mindless knitting. That's the best kind I do... I would love to learn how to crochet. Maybe I'll add that to this winter's list!

    Kim, (heehee) I will pass on your message to Scrappy. I would love a clawfoot tub - to me, that's the only kind to have. I am trying to envision the pure heaven of watching a Jane Austen movie whilst soaking in a bubble bath. The mind boggles!

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  4. Oh, I don't have a tv in the bathroom although that would have been an idea! I meant first the soak and then the flick. And by the way, crocheting is easy & fun. If Scrappy doesn't pick me, I might have to crochet some dishcloths. I've never made them before. And for a price savvy & perfect clawfoot tub, go to vintagetub.com. It's the best thing I have ever bought!

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  5. You can have too many dishcloths?? Not the way I go through them. And I don't even discard them as soon as I should. Sometimes I'm embarrassed when I really look at them and see how stained and holey they are. Tell Scrappy the Super Dog I will take very good care of the handmade ones should I be lucky enough to win a couple.

    Stress reliever for me? Getting into bed early and reading as long as I want . . . which must work because I rarely make it past one or two pages. :o)

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  6. OK, I am NOT entering the drawing...because I can always beg and get my set of dishcloths (of this I am pretty confident...) but my current stress-buster is 5 Minute Ice Cream...5 Minutes to make and about 5 minutes to eat it all. Curse you!

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  7. Mama Pea, I do the same thing with mine - use the same ones over and over. When they're totally disreputable, I move them into the rag pile. I have quite a rag pile...

    Melanie, heeheeheehee. Curse me all you want - good, ain't it?

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  8. YOU have quite a rag pile!? You should see mine! And the funny thing is even though I save all these beat-up dish cloths, when I go for a rag, I always want something just a little bit bigger, thank you very much. :o)

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