Knitted rainbow made from the I can Knit a Rainbow pattern from Natty Knits
Hello pals! I’m a wee bit exhausted today, but also I really wanted a quick check in with you
I just really wanted to say hello and hold a little bit of space to say, here we still are and this still really sucks. Take a few deep breaths with me and just a moment to acknowledge that this is tough. I really feel its important to our mental wellbeing to do that.
Are able to craft just now? I’m trying to find small pockets of creative focus, mostly swatching but I just don’t have the bandwidth to start the garment I’m swatching for – The Northdale sweater, from Gudrun Johnston.
Whilst a jumperweight Fair Isle jumper is not in my immediate future and certainly not before lockdown ends, I have been thinking about Aran weight PLUS garments. Quick, satisfying and pleasing in so many ways. The three that have become more distinct possibilities are below.
(images are from Ravelry and links in title lead to Ravlery)
The Ramona Sweater by Elizabeth Smith
The Waves of Change Jacket by Denise Bayron
Ursa Sweater by Jacqueline Cieslak
Let me know how you are finding crafting during Coronavirus – are you struggling to do a little, like me, or are you ramping off with lots of FOs? All of these are valid, by the way. Whether you can do some, lots or none – that’s all ok!
I often paraphrase Barbara Kingsolver and say knitting is my life raft. Mine is tied up close to the pier just now, but I know it is always there and always near. I end today by reading a few paragraphs from that great essay of Kingsolver’s called Where it Begins. You will have heard me read bits before and, with apologies to Barbara, I read a few of my favourite parts to round out the episode. You can read the whole thing here – Orion magazine
Take good care, pals. This really is a shitty time – but we will stand on the other side of this one day soon.