Knitting During a Pandemic: Using Fiber Therapy to Cope

Hi, friends. I checked the date of my last post, and it was nearly 3 months ago. Oh, how things have changed since then. I'm one of the lucky ones who still has a job and gets to work from home, instead of exposing myself to a potentially deadly virus every day. Still, I have been dealing with a lot of anxiety; I'm terrified I'll catch the virus every time I leave the house, and being stuck in the house with only an elderly cat for company for weeks on end is leaving me very lonely, which is leading to depression. I'm coping the best I can by continuing to see my therapist via Zoom and video chatting with friends and family. Knitting helps, too. The world is out of control, but I can still create something beautiful with my hands, and that leaves me feeling a little less hopeless about the future.

Back in December, I bought a cashmere shawl kit from Purl Soho as a Christmas present for myself. Even with a 20% off code, it was still frightfully expensive and I felt guilty about spending the money at the time. Not any more. I finished the shawl last week, and it is exquisite.

It turned out so much better than I dreamed it would. I love it. It's so cozy and soft, and I'm not taking it off until it's 85 degrees outside.

My next project is a scarf for my sister-in-law, who turns 40 next month. She likes purple, so I dug out some yarn from the stash, and I'm doing a chevron striped pattern with it.

My other coping mechanism is just buying more yarn. Lots of places are having big sales, and I am happy to support some small woman-owned businesses during this rough time. This skein of happiness is from KnitCircus. It's called Here Comes the Sun.

I bought a couple of random skeins of Shibui yarn from Mason-Dixon Knitting along with their latest field guide.

These green beauties are from Neighborhood Fiber Company. I envision a cowl made from them.

I also bought a project bag from Neighborhood Fiber Co. A couple of my friends bought it, and I decided that if the cool kids have it, I want it, too.

This is my latest Knit Crate order. Love this sparkly hot pink! This might have to be something for my niece.

Finally, I'm sad to report that Black Trillium yarns has gone out of business. I got these 3 skeins of sock yarn in their final sale.

For now, all these pandemic purchases will go into the stash while I make that scarf for my SIL. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and sane. Keep calm and knit (or crochet) on and we'll get through this together.