A year ago this week, we got covid. On June 12th, Doug tested positive, on June 15th, he was taken by ambulance to the hospital, and on June 16th, I tested positive. The next few months were scary and rocky, and ever since then we have been slowly recovering. In reality, this means that some days I feel really good, and others I am really fatigued. It feels like we might be moving into a better stage though; my good days are getting more frequent and Doug is even better. In the meantime, we keep on carrying on.
Knitting is one of the areas where I am still affected. I tend to do most of my knitting in the evenings, and this year, I am often just too tired in the evenings to do anything, even something as relaxing as knitting. And when I do knit, I can’t put too much thinking effort into it. This means that I struggle to decide on new projects, cast-on something new, and especially, to read patterns. I think that the effort of working full-time at a demanding job takes up nearly all of my head space and energy right now (as it should, since it pays the bills) and I just need to go with the flow the rest of the time.
Since I finished my last project a few weeks ago, I can’t figure out what to cast on next. I’ve been doing a bit of swatching:
And I have once again pulled out the Koko Shawl. This is actually a really easy shawl to knit, so I am not sure why it is taking so long. I am knitting a few rows here and there. It’s starting to get long:
I am thinking of knitting a tee-shirt next, in a linen or cotton mix. Something super easy. I was planning on knitting Joni, below, and bought the yarn and pattern, but the pattern is 17 pages long, and my post-covid brain doesn’t want to read it.
Today I am looking at this kit to knit the Every Day Attitude Tee by Susanne Sommer:
If I could decide on which of the lovely colour combinations to pick, I might very well snap one up. What do you think? Should I go ahead and try to power through the 17 pages of pattern for Joni, even if my brain doesn’t want to? Should I grab one of these kits? Or do you have a suggestion for a really simple, non-taxing, but pretty, summer top for me to cast on?