I have been off my knitting game for a while. Depression played a major part in my inability to knit. As usual, I go through the motions, running on autopilot while my mind and spirit suffers. The depression snuck up on me, seeping in like an odorless gas that I don’t recognize until I’m curled up in my bed watching South Park and eating a family size bag of Starburst.
I worked my way through my last severe depressive episode by allowing myself 15 minutes a day for me. That 15 minutes couldn’t be spent blogging, parenting, cooking, or anything that was causing me stress. I pulled out my basket of UFOs (Unfinished Objects) and randomly selected this scarf. The click clack of needles along with a mindless pattern was what I needed to pull myself out of my funk.
The Garters and Lace Scarf was made with size 9 needles and on skein of Vanna’s Choice yarn. More yarn can be added depending on your desired length and patience.
I cast on 10 stitches, knitting every row, increasing at the beginning of each row until I had 20 stitches on the needle. Then I switched to a lace stitch, increasing in the first stitch, knit 1, yarn over, continue to the end of the row. The next row was a knit row. Alternate between garter and lace until desired length or you run out of yarn. Bind off. I admit I DID NOT count stitches. I relied solely on my eye and what I felt like knitting. If I was on a garter row and felt like just knitting, I did that. If I was on the lace row, and felt like yarning over to my heart’s content, I did that.
I cast on for a pair of baby booties (LET ME DISABUSE ANYONE OF ANY IDEAS. I AM FAT, NOT PREGNANT! The Mister and I are WAAAAAAYYY past that stage) since it seems everyone around me is sipping some fertility water. I think the baby booties will be fun because babies don’t care if your stitches are twisted, and I just found a new series on Netflix to keep me company while I click clack into the night.