In which I slip into a Funk…and get pulled out.

I slipped into a funk… I was wandering so deliciously in my world of color, imagination and joy when suddenly I hit this grey wall which confused me so much that I lost my balance and slipped into a funk.

Oostindische KersGroen

Life is not all about joy, laughter, love and happiness…

Once I dreamt that a dark energy came rolling at me. I still recall its terrifying sound…it was the sound of a heavy rolling and crushing all destroying millstone. I could see images of hate, hurt and pain. Luckily, the terrifying millstone of dark energy rolled passed me and I heard it say: “I too exist in this world. Do not deny me or underestimate my force, because if you do, I come knocking at your door.”

I remember how I bowed my head in my dream, and how fortunate I felt that the millstone rolled passed me and did not crush me.

Slipping into a funk is part of life. The art is how you deal with it, and even more interesting in my opinion, how you get out of it or should I say how you get PULLED out of it.

OostIndische Kers

Things that made me smile

This past week I received two packages that made me smile. The packages were both related to knitting…

The first package was literally a bundle of joy in the form of sweet little thank you letters from kids that have seen and touched two pairs of gloves I had handknitted.

You see, through this blog, I came into contact with a woman who teaches knitting to preteens in a summer program. Once she told me about this I had sent her two pair of gloves to inspire and motivate those kids and to show them that even if you are a beginner knitter, you can make simple little things like gloves.

Kids… you don’t realize how much your letters have made my day! THANK YOU!

Another package that made my day was a package from She-Knits. I had entered into a blog contest in which you had to name one of Sheknit’s stitch markers. Check them out here.

I came up with the name Twinkle Twinkle Flower Star and I won! My prize were these super cute little stitchmarker birds:

Thank you so much She-Knits! It was sun entering into your contest!

Yes, little things like this can pull one out of a funk…

Not only these two things made me smile… there were many many other things that made my day. For that I am truly thankful.

As for knitting

I will let the photos speak for themselves… The old Feather and Fan stitch is a simple yet beautiful lace pattern. It is by far one of my favorite patterns. For this little summery scarf, I used just one ball of SWT Bamboo colorway Parrot. I adore it.

Click on the little photos to enlarge:

Bamboo SWTDSCN9029Feather and Fan2Feather and Fan3Feather and Fan4Feather and Fanbag

Yarn: SWT Bamboo colorway Parrot
Needles Size: 5
Pattern: shortened Feather and Fan Stitch. Usually, the Feather and Fan pattern is a 18 stitch repeat but I shortened it to 12.

Cast on 48

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: *(k2tog) 2 times, (yo, k1) 4 times, (k2 tog) 2 times; repeat from * to the end of row.
Row 4: Knit

I repeated these four rows untill I ran out of yarn.

Last but not least I would like to end today’s entry with a picture of a beautiful Rose after an early morning rain shower… for all you out there who happen to be in a funk: hang in there. Just ride it out. It will pass. I promiss.
Free pattern


8 Responses to In which I slip into a Funk…and get pulled out.

  1. Alex says:

    I was wondering where you’d gone. I’m glad you’re out of your funk.

  2. missharleyquinn says:

    Funks are tough, I’m just yanking myself out of one and wish I could handle things such as funks with grace…but, I do crawl out of the muck and am pleased to see you are too. Funks let us see the patterns of our lives and the joys that much more clearly. Maybe this will make you smile, I know it gave me a grin…you’re tagged. 🙂 Please visit the following link for rules and such:

  3. Marianne says:

    I’m very glad to hear that you are feeling a little bit better now. I was getting worried because you hadn’t posted for quite a while now.
    The millstone might have hit you but it sure didn’t crush you !!!

  4. sheknits says:

    Not only are you a lovely knitter, you are also a wonderful writer and photographer. This was so beautifully written I was pulled right in and out of the funk with you. I too have been in a funk…if you are interested or so inclined you can here about my ‘funk’ on my latest podcast episode.. ….or not…, just know that I am so glad you shared your joutrney on your blog and that I was a small part of your pulling out of them. Wihout my Kids
    PS – I love love love the photo of th stitch markers, would you mind if Icopied it and gave you credit? If you don’t want me to copy it, that’s fine too

  5. Rennagayle says:

    I guess those funks do help us appreciate the beauty around us when we come out, or as you put it, get pulled out of them. The scarf and rose are both just lovely. Thank you for sharing the scarf pattern. I just ‘happen’ to have one ball of SWT Bamboo in my stash. Because it’s only one ball, I hadn’t been able to come up with what to knit with it. Poor lonely ball in my stash is about to get pulled out of “it’s” funk and become a pretty little scarf. Thank you!

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  7. marcella brady says:

    Thanks Nancy. Can’t wait to get started on the scarf.


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