I Knit to Keep My Sanity During this Colossal Renovation

I must admit that the last few weeks have been extremely challenging for both of us with this never-ending renovation. As I type this post, my feet feel like frozen blocks, my fingers are in pain from always being cold and John is plugging away as always on the house.

We are sleeping in a motel, yes a motel. Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would be staying in a motel for an extended period of time. A “budget-friendly” motel is the price of a mortgage payment on a very nice home. And the price of an average 2-star hotel cost more than $3000 per month. This is why we’re in a motel. But I suppose things could be worse.

So how do I keep my sanity? I knit! Knitting is extremely therapeutic. I have limited time so I reserve my knitting time for nighttime; I knit accessories that I can start and finish in two to three hours. Unlike renovating, I see a finished product quickly.

Well, I have tons of hats. I tried selling them on Etsy but I was a lost little fish in a huge ocean. Plus, Etsy takes a commission from each sale–if you’re even lucky to be found. Actually, I think I was more like a speck of sand on a nameless beach somewhere in the South Pacific.

Since I have a platform with my blog, I figured why not make an attempt to sell my hand-knit accessories right here. Of course, knitting is way off topic on a home renovation blog and soon-to-be decorating blog, but that is one of things that is so great about having a blog– I can write about practically anything or even sell something.

If anyone is interested in one of the following hand-knit hats just send me an e-mail at suefogwell@gmail.com If you’re interested in a custom color, I’ll knit one up for you! Shipping is included.


Multi-colored Stocking Hat Hand-knit with 100% Wool. Hand Wash or Dry Clean.




Multi-colored Pom Pom Ski Hat Hand-knit in 100% Wool.


Hand Wash/Dry Clean



Variegated Slouchy Hat Hand-knit with 100% Merino Wool.


Hand Wash/Dry Clean



A Sloucy Hat Hand-knit in 100% Merino wool with Alpaca white cuff.

Adult One/Size-Fits-All







8 thoughts on “I Knit to Keep My Sanity During this Colossal Renovation

  1. I love to knit also, but with a circle loom. I thought I would make the suggestion that if you have more hats than you know what to do with, you might consider donating them. My son is a patient at St. Jude Children’s Hospital and I have donated way more knitted caps than I can count. The children love them, especially the ones on chemo. You might consider St. Jude or your local hospital’s cancer clinic.

  2. I am so with you! We are in the middle of a massive remodel (hello dust and debris and unusable house!) and I took up an art project to keep me sane. I am making seaglass mobiles and launched an Etsy shop. It is going well! Good luck with your endevour! Feel free to check mine out at Sun Turtle Studio on Etsy!

  3. You could always knit for charity. Hospitals sometimes provide items to newborn babies and sick children.

    Your comment about your hands makes me want to recommend O’Keeffe’s Working Hand Cream. This stuff is amazing. I used to suffer from cracks on my fingers, but if I apply this stuff at bedtime all is good. Seriously, you can have a small crack and it will be gone (or nearly so) in the morning.

  4. Hi Sue,

    Sorry to hear you’ve met with so many delays and I agree knitting or any type of handiwork is excellent to calm one’s nerves. I met my goal of 50 scarves for the homeless and decided the need was so great I should continue and now up to 60 I haven’t lost interest yet, though I changed my gifting date to next year as I’d prefer to go through the process just once.

    I as well have met with poor results in selling needle crafts but if the work might be thought of in replacing the cost of therapy, it’s much less expensive.

    So hang in there, you’ll make it and when done, you’ll not only be delighted but probably sure you’d never do it again… LOL

  5. I also like to knit. A few years ago I decided to learn to make socks. I made one pair and then one more sock and am still working on the second. I think from now on I will make two at a time so they’ll both be done at the same time. I like to work toe up.

    Unfortunately hats are very necessary here. We’ve got a slight Santa Ana going right now and the high today will be around 80. Should peak on Monday at 88. Sheesh.

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