Yarn Along July 25

yarnalong_gsheller_grayI'm taking a break from the busy-ness of summer to participate in Yarn Along, sponsored by Ginny at Small Things where knit-bloggers share what they're knitting and reading.

We've been knee deep in summer activities, activities that require a lot of planning, shopping and organizing and not so much time for knitting or writing. I miss the writing and soon I will have a little more time for it. My eldest son will soon be going into daycare so I'll have a little bit more concentration to get some writing done.

We've been road tripping and camping. I've gotten to see more of California than I've ever seen before. I can't believe that there are more beautiful vistas. I did an epic drive from Santa Rosa to Gualala, through Bodega Bay and it was breathtaking. The rocky coast, the swelling waves and the straw yellow hills. It's no wonder that many a song has been written about the drive along route 1. This little road trip has done a lot to satisfy my wanderlust. I hope to do more road trips soon. I've never been to Yosemite. That's going to have to be remedied. I've lived in California for nearly twenty years and I can't believe I've never made it to Yosemite.


I did finish a sock and started the second one of the Yith Socks. I might be making a lot of socks for Christmas this year. I'm reading the latest Time Magazine, which features the shocking amount of suicides in the wake of the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. From what I've read, the mental health of our soldiers is being terribly mishandled. There needs to be more done for these folks who have made the greatest sacrifices. No suicidal veteran should have to wait 40 minutes on hold to get assistance. Whether more needs to be communicated about the civilian services available or whether our military services need better training it is shocking that we can change overseas regimes, but we can't take care of our own. One thing needs to change for sure in this country: the stigma of mental health disorders needs to go away. We need to make it easier and less shameful for people to admit to mental health issues.

Knitting has helped me cope with depression and anxiety. I hope we can find productive ways for people with mental health issues.

What are you knitting and reading these days? Hopefully something less depressing than me!


0 #1 Karin-Ida 2012-07-25 20:08
Love the colours of those socks!
0 #2 Heather M 2012-07-25 20:26
I'm still not brave enough to try socks yet, but I've seen them everywhere and everyone makes them sound so easy... Maybe I'll try after some of my current projects are completed :)

Also, we have a friend who was in the war, and he has a lot of issues related to PTSD - and one of the things relating to getting them from warriors to civilians that I had never thought about before, was the mind set of the soldier himself. They are taught to be super manly men in order to handle all the wild things they see, and in combat everything is immediately swept under the rug so they don't flip out, so they can continue on the mission - but when they get home, they hold onto it, they are too much man for help, often looking for help a long, long way past when the issues first surfaced. I totally agree that some responsibility needs to be taken with these guys, but I think it needs to start with a very intensive civilian training boot camp...
0 #3 Kathleen 2012-07-25 20:26
Oh, those socks! That is a truly glorious yarn (and some lovely knitting, too).

And I'm with you 100% about both the need for better mental health (and other health!) care for veterans, and about the stigma around mental health issues in general. I may have to check out this issue of TIME at the library, because it seems like a worthwhile (if, indeed, depressing) read.

And on a lighter note, I'm jealous of your California road tripping! I'm a lifelong East Coaster and would love to see the Pacific. :)
0 #4 Angela P 2012-07-25 21:00
Thanks all for your comments on the mental health of our veterans. I wish implementing change was as easy as talking about it. So much needs to change. Doing something is better than nothing.
0 #5 Nancy 2012-07-25 21:26
What a sad read. More people should know about this so our troops can get the support they need.
0 #6 Renee Anne 2012-07-25 21:29
I haven't been knitting much lastly.....most ly because my yarn was all packed away in boxes. Now that all our crap is here, I still haven't worked on any knitting...oops .

As far as the mental health thing....I have a friend that was an Iraq War vet and one of the things that happened when she got home happened at the VA Hospital in Madison. Granted, she had some issues when she got home 6 years ago...but the "therapist" at the VA refused to listen to her, and was outright rude to her. They told her, without bothering to even look in her file or talk to her (at the beginning of her only session), that she was an alcoholic with PTSD and that she was a danger to herself and others. Um........no. I'll admit that she may have had PTSD but she wasn't even close to being an alcoholic or being a danger to anyone, including herself. She was told that all the vets are alcoholics and have PTSD...she quit giving pretty quickly after that.

Anyway, happy knitting.
0 #7 Rosemary 2012-07-26 17:19
Love those socks--what a beautiful color!
0 #8 mistea 2012-07-28 10:22
Totally love that sock. Enjoy the tripping.

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