I haven’t made much progress on the sweater this week, but knitting definitely gets a mention in the Week of Things That Are Soothing and Not Rushed, Worried About Money, or Full of People.

I’m still just tickled to death that sticks and string can make something warm and useful. Knitting lets you feel productive, surround yourself with something soft and pretty, and make something much greater than the sum of its parts–which are basically just the same stitches, over and over and over. Kind of like the Bach G major cello suite prelude. (Listen here.)

Also: My house got about five inches of snow and I finally have new tires this year. This is not soothing as much as reassuring, but I’ll add it to the week’s list anyway.