And I thought last week was wild…
Well, we’re now “Sheltering in Place,” and I haven’t been out of the house (other than daily walks with my kiddo around the block) in a couple weeks. Social media is stressing me out, but it’s also the only way I can keep in touch with everyone, so I feel like I can’t just ignore it. It’s not been great. (Though, again, we’re safe and healthy, we haven’t lost our jobs, and we are in a really good place to weather this storm.)
When we first went into quarantine, I thought “Sweet! I’ll get so much knitting done! I”ll make a new sweater for the kid, and for me, and for my husband. I’ll do some designing, and maybe self-publish a pattern or two.” But to be honest, I haven’t done any of that. I have barely even picked up my needles.
Not to say I haven’t been productive, in other ways. I’ve done a ton of yard work, I’ve constructed a tent in the living room from our neighbor’s bamboo, string and blankets, and I’ve built more LEGO houses, tunnels and trains than I could count. But, I haven’t really been knitting.
I think it’s the quiet, meditative, part of knitting that makes it hard for me to sit down with my needles right now. I don’t want to be still and quiet. I want to be out in the back yard with a saw and a pickax and a shovel.
But, I know this will pass, and soon enough I will want to pick up my needles again and finish up that pair of socks I started as a “fun” project right before this whole thing went down. The day will come when sitting quietly on the couch with a cup of tea sounds calming, and not anxiety-provoking. And it will probably come soon. I just have to be OK with it taking a little time.
After all, the socks will be there waiting whenever I’m ready.
What are you doing during all this at-home time?