Y’all, the last two weeks have been wild.
We’re in Seattle, and I’ll start by saying, we’re totally fine. (Other than a little cabin fever, of course.) Schools are closed until late April (so the kid’s playgroups are closed), the Zoo and museums are closed and, well, everything is closed. And (as of the time I’m writing this), we’re supposed to limit gatherings to 10 or fewer people, which… is rough.
We’re taking lots of very long, very quiet walks (there are very few cars on the streets), watching movies (I can pretty much recite Frozen at this point), reading lots of books, and working in the yard. It’s real weird.
But, if ever there was a group of people ready for mass quarantine, I think it’s knitters. After all, what have we been accumulating our stashes for, if not this?
So, in honor (?) of the pandemic, let’s talk scrappy projects. Just because we can’t make it to our LYS’s doesn’t mean we can’t make something beautiful.
First, the classic, the ne plus ultra, the epitome of scrap projects, the Beekeeper’s Quilt. I’ll be honest, I’m not sure that anyone has ever actually finished one of these projects, but dang, if it doesn’t look satisfying. And what a wonderful way to burn through scraps!
the beekeeper’s quilt by tiny owl knits
And, if we’re talking color-mixing and using up scraps, we can’t not talk about Stephen West. This sweater asks for bulky, or DK, or sport, or worsted, or lace-weight yarn and would lend itself to using just about as many colors as you want or have. Perfect for end-of-the-world stash-busting!
Penguono by Stephen West
Maybe you want to go a little less wacky than Stephen West (which I get- his style isn’t necessarily for everyone). I bet you could dig through your stash and make a gradient of sock yarn. And, if you had a little mohair to hold with it, all the better! I’ve had my eye on this gorgeous reverse stockinette pullover that features a beautiful gradient and an eye-catching slipped-stitch yoke.
But maybe you’re not up for a whole sweater right now- I get it, you need to be in a certain head space to cast on a sweater, and we might not all be there right now. Maybe you’re looking for nothing more than a big, squishy, cozy triangle shawl that is just this side of being a blanket. I know I always want to retreat into a cocoon when I’m stressed, and I think this shawl might just be the most socially-acceptable to cocoon yourself up.
I hope you’re staying safe (and sane)!
What’s on your to-knit list for the next couple weeks?