Tilkkupeitto - Fair and Square
Knitting through crises
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Friday, March 17, 2006
The next 16 blankets
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
The Thank God It's Over Blanket
This is blanket number 88. It's called the Thank God It's Over Blanket. Why? Let me tell you. About 1½ years ago I lost my job. My depression (from which I had suffered for about a year at that point) got so serious that I had to take a sick leave for 3 weeks. This was too much for my employer. They called me while I was still on my sick leave and told me that there's no need for me to come back. I was fired. What a shock it was! Needless to say, my depression got worse, and I ended up in a deep dark hole of depression. I was unable to do anything. I had trouble sleeping. I suffered from anxiety. I was afraid of going out and meeting people, even my friends. The only thing I could do, the only thing that made me feel ok was knitting. Hence, blankets.
I had mental problems, but I was not crazy. Not crazy enough to accept the fact that I was fired because of my sick leave. It was brutal, but most of all, it was illegal. Somehow I found the strenght to contact my union lawyer, and she recommended sueing. So I sued them. And now, after 1½ years, it's over. In my favour. I can't find any words to describe how happy and relieved I am. I felt like my life was taken hostage, and now I got it back. Thank God it's over! And here is the Thank God It's Over Blanket. I knit some of the squares before the trial, depressed and scared, and some of them I made after it, relieved and happy. You can guess which ones are made before and which ones after.
And by the way, I'm ok now. My sick leave ended last June, and I don't need therapy or medication any more. I'm ok and happy. But I will still keep knitting blankets, of course.