What is the Diz Knits Pandemic Knit- & Heal-Along?
The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has forced most of us to self-isolate at home. With some time on my hands and a hankering to use it creatively, I’m embarking on what knitters call a knit-along (or KAL, a group or social, simultaneous knitting event), and what gamers call a let’s play (“recorded run-throughs of people playing games” that’s part review, part commentary). In my case, I’ll be writing about (and possibly filming/Twitching) my knitting as we wait out this pandemic. So, thoughts and tips on knitting…and healing.
Ok, I get the Knit-Along, but what’s the Heal-Along?
I knit for lots of different reasons, but I originally started knitting to stop chewing my fingers, a protective habit I developed as a result of multiple traumatic experiences. With health very much on our minds, as I knit, I will share with you aspects of my personal healing journey (so, thoughts on healing, while knitting).
Why are sharing your healing journey?
Because we all have some healing to do.
I need an adaptable, time-consuming, slightly challenging, stash-busting knit to while away my days in self-isolation.
The Yarn & Needles
The biggest challenge is working with what I have. I’d like to use up my Briggs & Little and Lismore Sheep Farm odds and ends—the mix of colours will look great in a fair isle pattern. The yarn gauges aren’t all the same and my needle size will be a bit off—it’ll be interesting to see how this turns out, and hopefully blocking the sweater will alleviate some wonkiness.
After a little digging, I found this sweater pattern, “Cartography,” at Tin Can Knits. Imagine this with all kinds of crazy colours!