I cast on the Stephen West Fantastitch Shawl (my Ravelry page here) on February 23. I was aware of the Coronavirus and my husband had already cancelled a trip to California out of caution. I was feeling that little bit of anxiety creep in about what was to come and I needed something bright, colorful and easy to knit to distract me. I love that about knitting, it can usually help ease some anxiety and let me mellow out a bit.
This was a perfect project to ease my anxiety and just let it go and focus on the knit. The colors made me happy and each panel was a different pattern making me look forward to the next change and colorful twist. It’s mainly knit, purl and slip stitches with one short panel of cables. I love West Knits because they’re meant to use up the random bits of yarn we hoard, no color combination is too bright or too neutral. If it makes you happy just knit it. I always feel like I can’t possibly make a mistake with his projects. I knit the large and it stretches out to 108 inches long, it’s massive!
I had plans for spring sweaters and tops I wanted to knit and I have the yarn all plotted out but my brain just can’t seem to focus on them right now. So I’m already plotting out the next shawl to make, Painting Bricks shawl. I have a bag full of dk weight solid colors that will make a glorious rainbow to wrap myself up with come fall. And maybe by the time I finish, things will seem a bit normal and my sweater mojo will be back. What things are you knitting to keep your anxiety low right now? Share!