Thursday, September 9, 2010


What do you do when you are in need of some comfort ?
I think everyone here is feeling in need of some comfort after last week's earthquake in Christchurch.

There is a lot of anxiety and fear around, and because New Zealand is so small, every person you talk to, has a family member or friend affected by the quake.

Last night I made my favorite dinner, at least it seems to be my favourite one at the moment.

Porcini Mushroom Risotto...delicious and extremely comforting .

It is (very appropriately) in the 'comfort' section of this cookbook by Julie Buiso.

Another thing I do in times of needing comfort, is easy knitting...scarves are very good fitting into this category. For the scarf in the photo (the same as the one I made for my daughter-in-law's birthday last month), I used Debbie Bliss Baby super soft and drapey. It is like giving yourself a warm hug every time you wear it.

and I am also using the same wool in different colours to crochet granny squares for this afghan, a warm comforting thing to do .

Sometime soon I would like to make the scarf featured in this book...showcasing the beautiful designs by all my favourite blogging knitters.

Read all about it here. The scarf I am wanting to make is designed by Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed

I ordered the book from the UK Depository (free worldwide shipping) and it arrived in less than a week .........a huge comfort !!


NessaKnits said...

Love the crochet!

Anonymous said...

That's a tough one, especially when there isn't much one can personally do--I'm thinking back to 9-11. Many people did answer the call for donations and many people volunteered. The most comforting thing to me in a situation like that is information. The worst thing in an anxious situation, for me, is my imagination. So I found that reading the news, however upsetting, was actually better for me. And, of course, talking. If it's something fretful but not quite as catastrophic as a terrorist attack or earthquake, I find that looking at websites about things I like, fashion, home life, travel, blogs like yours, is really settling. Doing a project is out of the question when I am upset, but straightening, ironing, and routine cleaning and setting to rights are all helpful. I have a Ph.D in Worrying I think, since my children are a bit adventurous. Will Christchurch ever be the same? I'm amazed at how well it came through. I know people in San Francisco and it's always a concern....

Anonymous said...

I can't believe I left this off: the Psalms are a huge comfort!

Lori ann said...

Yes these are all comforting to me also. I'm hoping Christchurch is going to be able to recover quickly as possible.

even your simple knitting is so lovely Sally.