Keep on carrying on

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.

© Natasja Hornby

Today I am looking at this kit to knit the Every Day Attitude Tee by Susanne Sommer:

image by Jonna Hietala © Knit With Attitude

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?

12 thoughts on “Keep on carrying on

  1. I have so far avoided Covid, but menopause did the same thing to my brain. I had a pair of socks on the needles that I ripped out and restarted so many times I was convinced there was something wrong with the pattern. They have a textured alternative to rib which moves into different texture in the leg which doesn’t obviously line up with the top of the sock – neither of which is particularly complicated.

    Well, I put it in the cupboard, and found them a few years ago at the beginning of the pandemic. I pulled them out and ripped through both socks with no trouble at all. I hadn’t noticed an issue with my concentration at the time, but obviously there was!

    Do what works for you. One day – hopefully – you’ll pick up that complex pattern and power through it. Meanwhile, be gentle with yourself, and perhaps knit something simple with a gorgeous yarn that doesn’t need fancy patterns.

    Best of luck!

  2. I was super happy with Joji Locatelli’s Staple Linen Top. It knit up beautifully and will be less stressful and calmer for your covid brain. Luckily I was still able to knit thru my 2 bouts of covid last year. Take care.

  3. I didn’t start knitting until I retired. Not sure I could have handled knitting lace patterns while still working. I didn’t work where it would have been ok to knit during meetings. I think a simple pattern is the way to go. Stripes would be easier than lace.

  4. The Everyday Attitude tee in that colourway looks ideal to me. Maybe team with a little red necktie scarf or a red lightweight jacket. Very chic and a great cheer up!

  5. I’m another person who has not had any lingering effects from Covid but who is suffering from menopause-brain. I too am finding that only the simplest knits will do. I still want to undertake the process of knitting, which is a huge source of calm and centering, but vanilla socks and garter stitch shawls are about my limit at the moment. Having said that, I am building up to doing a Tolsta Tee by Rebecca Clow. Full disclosure, I know Rebecca, who is very lovely. But the brilliant thing about the Tolsta is the number of variations people are making, with the basic pattern as a framework. Even if you don’t do any knitting, it is brain-soothing to browse through all the projects on Ravelry. Sending you and Doug much love for your continued recovery. X

  6. A striped tee is an absolute classic and I am sure you would get a great deal of wear out of it. Additionally, knitting stripes is slightly addictive, leading to more knitting time. Best of luck with your recovery.

  7. I really like that striped tee! I’m currently knitting the Ridgeview Tee by Kerri Blumer in the high hip length, and it’s a good pattern–I tend to like less rather than more instruction. I hope your health continues to improve!

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