So long, so LONG!

Gregory Patrick's picture

This is the first blog I’ve written in over a year…and what a mad year it’s been. So, I’ve been working on a book about the crap that I’ve found myself embroiled in since March of last year. In a nutshell? Let’s just say that the restaurant had me to the point of bloody and blistered feet, a pulled muscle in my thigh, and a rash that had begun to spread up the side of my torso. My boss was trying to slowly sabotage me into leaving so she wouldn’t have to pay me unemployment. My weight dropped to 120 pounds and I’m already a terribly scrawny guy. My partner left me…twice. And while most people find themselves escaping into drugs and alcohol, I became obsessed with knitting. I spent long hours chugging beer after beer and working on any pattern I could come across. While my life around me was destroying, I was living inside my own head while knitting. I think subconsciously, I had control in my hands, I was responsible for the stitches, I saw progress with the row after row completed. I kept projects with me at all times, different ones by my bed, other projects in the living room. I knit while in line at the bank, while walking to work, while eating dinner, standing at the kitchen counter….and the whole time I neglected to eat, neglected to bath regularly, and logged onto the internet only once in 8 months. At some point I came to my senses and took back control of my life. I thought I’d show the cover of the book and see what some of you thought, or even if the idea of the whole book seems dorky. I’m sure many of you have gotten to that obsessive phase, where you’d rather complete a row of cables rather than brush your teeth??? It seems there are quite a few new people on here, and I’d love to meet new friends. Cheers!

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Welcome back. Glad to know

Welcome back. Glad to know that things are finally on a more even path. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

PieintheSky88's picture

Wow, sounds horrifying...

Wow, sounds horrifying... but it should be an interesting read! I'm glad to hear you came out of it, and I can't wait to get to know you =) I had the exact opposite problem recently- as my life became drastically more hectic and stressful, I've stopped knitting completely, and haven't really wanted to do much of anything. Something about the spring, though, is making life a little easier =) Hope all is well!

Joe

*All an actor has is their blind faith that they are who they say they are today in any scene.*
~Meryl Streep

rjcb3's picture

Missed you. Know exactly how

Missed you.

Know exactly how you feel.

I'm fully convinced that knitting keeps One alive! (at least from my experiences in life and knowing others -- and now yours, just the same.)

When you put all of your worries and cares into each stitch individually, when you finish your fabric, can you tell which care was which? It all blends together into the same ocean of stitches and becomes part of the [very much] living thing that you've created.

Glad to see you back.

Best of luck on the next book.

)O(
Robert

RickeScott's picture

Great cover. I'll buy the

Great cover. I'll buy the book!

bobshome's picture

That's a terrific book

That's a terrific book cover! I would also pick it up but I think any knitting man would. It's funny that you mention the control issue in your hands and the accomplishment of a couple of rows. I use it in that way at times as well. I do allot of conceptual work and when the answer won't come - I knit. Puts me back in a positive mindset and even a ten minute alternative focus reboots the system.
Congratulations

MMario's picture

I think it will draw the

I think it will draw the attention of a lot of people. Are you self-publishing, going the rounds of publisher's or got a nibble already?

QueerJoe's picture

Wow...I would definitely

Wow...I would definitely read that. I've never gone in that direction with my obsessive knitting, but I could certainly understand how it could.

Good to see you back and keep us posted about the book.

WillyG's picture

Sigh. It's a little too

Sigh. It's a little too familiar. I'm grateful for knitting...or has knitting been the moving factor? Some people look at me funny because knitting is more than a tame and financially excusable pasttime.

Welcome to the land of the living! Here's to better days yet to come! Congrats on the book!

Tallguy's picture

Oh, yes, I can relate to

Oh, yes, I can relate to that!!

eyedoc's picture

Welcome back! Shawn

Welcome back!

Shawn

Craig's picture

Congrats on getting you r

Congrats on getting you r life back on track, and congrates on the book. Sounds like an interesting read.

Gregory Patrick's picture

Thanks! It's

Thanks! It's been....cathartic.