On knitting and therapy

Ive always thought knitting was therapeutic, not quite cathartic, but definitely calming during a storm.
The other day, i found out that the site I work at is being shut down due to the low nickel price. A job i utterly loved, with people I adored, and with so much promise - all to be gone in 4 weeks time (we are on demobilisation mode at the moment).

When i found out, I was on my R&R week. I got told via phone, and at the time, didnt get much info as everyone else was in the "what now?" boat. So, i had one and a half days of anxious waiting. Waiting to see if I'd have to uproot my life and go, waiting to see if i was being made redundant, or waiting on news that i might be able to transfer to another division.

Throughout this waiting, I fidgeted. I tried to spin. I tried to read. I tried to sleep. All to no avail. The only saving grace I had during that wait period was to knit while watching Heroes Season 3. Something about vegging out in front of the tv, plugging away row by row was therapeutic . And it got me through to the afternoon..

And then i got a call from my superintendent and HR one after another. It appears they want me to return to my previous position at head office (the one i came from before i was "loaned" out to site and decided i loved it too much on site to be back in corporate), and in so doing, would have to uproot my life as i knew it. But that's okay, it appears ( i say appears because it still has to be approved by CEO - and nothing has been confirmed 100% yet) that I still have a job (and a good one at that!), so i am grateful .

Damn those greedy corporate banks for sucking us into this global financial crisis! I didnt think it would hit me, but I've felt a bit of it so far, and i hate it..
PS. I'm knitting Central Park Hoodie, in Berocco Peruvian for my pal Thao .



2:17 PM, May 18, 2009

That yarn looks luscious, and your stitch markets are quite pretty. Good to hear you still have a job, especially with the economy nowadays. I'm not sure what it's like in Australia, but I know somebody here in the US where 90% of his department was laid off in one day. :-O

  miss mardi nowak

6:31 PM, May 18, 2009

Hi there, I enjoy reading your blog! Envious of your spinning adventures too! Question- where do you get the berroco yarn from? I've always loved the look but haven't found it in Melbourne! Cheers mardi


8:30 AM, May 19, 2009

hey babe. glad to hear that the uncertainties abt your job is over :) happy to hear you still have a job, especially in times like this in the mining sector.

may i asked where did you buy the berroco yarn from? i have some cascade 220 that i bought for cph but i've yet to cast on :P


8:48 AM, May 19, 2009

I'm so sorry about all that but am glad you still have a job. And yes, knitting is therapy :-)


10:22 AM, May 21, 2009

Emailed ya both! But in case anyone else is interested, I didnt get the Berocco here in Australia. I ordered it from WEBS in America. I've also previously bought Berocco from Jimmy Beans Wool. Both were fast at shipping and decently priced. But oh I wish i could get some here in Oz at a decent price ;)