This week is going to be a bad week, I can just feel it. All right, there are little hints - it is half term (the offspring - all three) will be off, and the bad stuff at work is about to reach its' peak with me (as a resident "nice person" - where-ever did they get that idea? being sucked right into the middle of something quite nasty). So, while normally, half term means I am in early to work (yes, I have told you before - I AM a BAD mother), work is not going to offer much comfort. The terrible thing about work is, it is a dreadful situation that involves nice people that are for the most part behaving badly. While bullying in the workplace often involves others tutting, I have to say that it is easy to become one of the bullies - otherwise where do they get their oxygen from? And the people behaving the worst are some of the nicest (otherwise) people I have worked with. It has been a lesson, I tell you.
I have been knitting to help focus my mind on positive stuff, although I am a green eyed knitting monster at the moment - there are so many desirable things to knit and just me and a yarn stash here. The Cosima is going well, I wanted grey Rowan Summer Tweed but then I was sucked into loganberry heaven which is going fine, I want to knit some of the new Rowan stuff (the muse cardigan is divine but lovely and simple) and some other new Rowan stuff, I also am knitting a Jane Sowerby scarf in regia sock yarn (shade 1933) which is suprisingly successful when you think it will mean I will be wearing old sock around my neck, but the yarn is actually a revelation - just the right variation in tones, very soft and pretty much the right weight to show stitch definition. I am quite happy with it.
I am not sure the Rowan Summer tweed colour for the Cosima has photographed that well, but I love the texture (it is kind of crunchy) in a wierdly pleasant kind of way, but it will need two buttons as a closure and that is a looming worry (I want purple, I want kind of wooden - does purple and kind of wooden exist??? and will it turn out naf?).
The scarf has actually photographed a bit better and is more accurate (oooh I anm loving the Regia)...
In the meantime I have a household hint for any other mothers of teenagers facing half term, (especially if they are the kind of teenagers that grunt and play heavy metal and have no idea why they were given arms) - The Priests. The Priests full blast are like a musical bleach that can shift even the most stubborn of stains er, sorry, teenagers that won't normally shift from your living room sofa, oh they are fabulous and I don't care about the withering looks from the offspring. I am so happy to have discovered this, the week feels better already. If only I could buy the priests in person and keep them under the stairs for moments of high stress.