Since I felt like knitting again, I decided I needed to knit a few of the summer knits I planned for prior to staying home because of Covid-19. One of the projects I knew would be a really quick knit was another Love Note sweater but done in cotton and with short sleeves. This is my fifth Love Note! You can see one, two, three and four via those links.
I have had this Cascade Sunseeker in my stash for forever, it is a discontinued cotton and acrylic blend that has a metallic thread running through it. It isn’t the softest but it’s a nice light weight fabric and it held up well on a super hot day.
It’s also machine washable and dryer friendly, so I blocked it by throwing it in with a load of delicates. It pilled just a tiny bit, which is common with a first run of cotton, but I brushed it down and I haven’t seen it shed since. I didn’t make this one cropped and probably knit it as long as the last one I made for my sister, I wanted to be able to throw it on like a T-shirt.
In addition to knitting, I’ve started picking up different masks to see what works best for me. I have little ears, wear glasses and have big hair. I’ve found that the straps that go around my ears just won’t work and crush my ears all day long or make my glasses slide off. My preferred mask style has adjustable elastic that goes around the head and these masks by JCRT fit the bill – added bonus, they have a knit print fabric. When I started buying masks I initially bought black masks because that was what was available and then got worried that my husband, a black man in American, would get shot by wearing a mask because he looked menacing to someone. So I searched and bought colorful ones instead. That’s the kind of thing that I have to think about when making what you would think is a simple purchase. It’s also the kind of example I give when we talk about privilege and differences in America for black people. Having to reconsider what kind of mask I buy is the kind of thing I wish I didn’t have to consider when buying something as simple as a face mask to protect us from spreading or contracting Covid-19.
I’m just trying to do my part and yet somehow, it is a real possibility that we could lose our lives doing what’s right. Just by wearing a mask.