Sunday, February 28, 2010

Frustration Leads to Austen...

Rupert Penry-Jones plays Captain Frederick Wentworth
{swoon}


So. Yesterday was both good and not so good (a.k.a. frustrating). I really truly have nothing in this world to complain about. Considering all the terrible things going on in so many places. That being said, let me tell you....

I have a custom order to work on this weekend. Yesterday was the perfect day to sort of just take it easy at home and get some things done. Like the custom order. It rained, it hailed, the thunder came, the winds blew. All in all a very blustery day better left for indoors. In no particular order, we watched some Olympics, we played cards, R and the boy went to karate, they worked on some stuff in the garage, I did some chores. You get the idea, a little bit of this and that. The day was going along beautifully.

I worked on the custom order off and on (it's impossible to work straight through something when everyone's home) for more than 3 hours. Just when I was really making a good deal of progress, I noticed....I had somehow dropped a stitch way back in the second row of this detailed knitted piece. NOOO!!! The cry could be heard throughout the land, flocks of birds set to flight, dogs howled, people came running...well, perhaps I'm exaggerating. But let me tell you, I was upset. It meant I had to take the whole thing apart and start over. I'm certain this total-waste-of-time-now-need-to-start-over situation has probably happened in one form or another to every person out there.

Needless to say, I poured myself a glass of wine and decided I was done for the evening. The boys were watching a WWII documentary. While I almost always want to know the toll and details of war and learn more about the history of this world, last night I just wasn't inclined to that heaviness. I remembered I had on the DVR two episodes of Masterpiece on PBS. Both Jane Austen! I could feel my mood lifting. I escaped to the bedroom (glass of wine in hand) and chose Persuasion over Northanger Abbey. I just have to tell you it was so wonderful, like a little slice of heaven, or cake, or heaven and cake. I completely forgot about my earlier knit annoyance and fell completely in love with Captain Wentworth. Le sigh. Nobody can capture the ache and desire of unrequited love quite like Jane.

So at the end of the day, all was well...and they lived happily ever after....
and I'll begin again with the custom piece.

Thanks for spending a bit of your day with me, dear friends. The weather today is so different from yesterday. It's sunny and mild and so full of spring that I can almost see the flowers and grass and leaves actually growing before my very eyes. The beauty of this day is calling to me....xo

10 comments:

CrowNology said...

Ah yes...Now I remember why I don't (can't) knit! :)
I am reading "Pride and Prejudice"...I've read so many of the classics I can't believe I never read this one!
Hope your work goes better next try.
Enjoy the weather today...
xo
Andrea

hometown girl said...

i'm sorry sweet girl! that is the worst, it's happened to me more than once.....i'm glad you got to relax and watch your movie. i love jane austen, never seen persuasion! i want to read the book but maybe i'll opt for the movie! have a nice week and hope your get your piece done. i'll be folding away :) xo suz

BlackStar said...

Oh man! I hate when those kind of things happen. At least you found the mistake before you finished the piece.
I have a hand knotted necklace waiting to be cut apart and redone. I didn't see that I left out a knot until I was editing the photos of it.

Hope you get it down without a hitch (or missed stitch) this time.

Good Girls Studio said...

Oh honey I'm so sorry that happened! Hate wasting my time :( Glad you still got some R & R with Jane & some wine! Swoon indeed!

~wishing you a productive start to March!~

Ps: it's very springy lovely out here today too! We're supposed to get dumped with snow again this week {sigh}

Lisa at Lil Fish Studios said...

Ohhh. Yeah. Frustrating to be sure. Sounds like your remedy was perfect though. I'm writing that down..pour wine..watch Austen. :D

Fringe said...

Thank you, lovely ladies, for your sympathy and your encouragement! You have no idea how much I appreciate it.

Mwah!
xoxo

P.S. Wine and Austen works every time. :)

Ivy Lane said...

I am late .... a week late on this comment...so hoping that means this day you write about is simply a memory! I am having one of those days....weeks right now....I think I shall delve into "Out of Africa" or "The English Patient"...and forget my reality for awhile!!

Fringe said...

"Out of Africa" and "The English Patient"...it just doesn't get any better than that. I wish I could come and watch them with you. Sounds like a lovely solution to a frustrating week. I hope next week is better for you!

xo

sam said...

oh i love jane austen... fantastic!

Jessica said...

Just seeing this now..and I completely sympathize with you. I have turned to Miss. Jane many a time for relief of whatever was ailing me and have always come away with a new sense of " all is right with the world again". Persuasion is my favorite book of hers, just beautiful, love the movie too, especially the 1995 version.
Hope you were able to once work on your special piece in peace - mishap free.