I have been staying home for more than 30 days now. The thing that has kept me sane during a global pandemic has been knitting.
And wearing matching outfits with Jellybean and posting them on social media. It’s the little things.
In all of the chaos, fear, and sheltering in place, the click of needles and the feel of yarn has calmed my nerves. It helps me turn my attention away from what’s on the TV and focus on what’s in my hands and what feels good.
For this month’s edit, I thought I’d share a few projects that I would consider mindless knitting, knitting that doesn’t take too much energy, isn’t too complex, and can probably be done with a little stash diving.
Sparkle by Sharon Sebrow
There’s one group that is loving all the people staying at home: dogs. Our beloved companions are puzzled as to why we’re home all day, but they happily accept the extra walks, belly rubs, and treats. So wouldn’t this be the perfect time to try a simple dog sweater for your furry BFF?
If you have a small dog like Jellybean, you could finish it in a day. If your dog is bigger, you can work on it over the week. Now’s the time to make something that makes you smile, and dogs in sweaters always make me smile.
Homebody by Heidi Kirrmaier
Right now I can’t focus long enough to attempt to knit bobbles, stranded colorwork, or lace. I just want the soothing rhythm of stockinette stitch in the round. Homebody is the epitome of a simple pullover. It’s the kind of mindless knit that will engage you but still let you zone out and enjoy the knitting.
I’m thinking of making one for spring in a non-wool based yarn. Perhaps knit this in a fun, bright color to help bring a little joy to your day. I always suggest an outrageously bright pink or turquoise as a good mood lifter. Perhaps knit it in a yarn that matches the Sparkle you plan to make your dog.
Scrapper Cardi by Safiyyah Talley
When I want an easy knit, garter stitch is my go-to. This cardigan is a top-down, with a round yoke. It plays with color fading, so it’s a perfect project to start right now with special skeins you’ve been saving in your stash but don’t know exactly what for—it’s for the Scrapper Cardi.
If now isn’t the time to break out the good yarn, I don’t know what is! Added bonus: when you’re finished knitting, you can put it on immediately to add a bit of polish to the video conference call.
In the MDK Shop
Painting Bricks Shawl by Stephen West
Don’t have the capacity to knit a sweater? That’s OK, too. I’ve been working on this shawl in a rainbow (25 color striped rainbow to be exact) as a good project to settle in with in the evening. It’s just knits, purls, and slipped stitches. Nothing complex, and the end results are just beautiful. Plus, the color combinations are endless and the stripes don’t take up a lot of yardage.
Well would you look at that, I finished it!
No matter what you’re knitting, I hope that you are home, safe and sound, and washing your hands.