Mood Scarf- the story so far

We’re now four months into making mood scarves and I feel it’s time to stand back and take a look!

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I took mine to the pub the other night and my friends were marvelling at all the yellow (happy days). There has been a distinct lack of teal (sad days), since I gave up the day job! This is great – and certainly makes me feel that I’ve made the right decision in taking the leap. Although a few grey days (okay days) have started to creep in.

When I first started my mood scarf, I loved the way it forced me to stop,  assess the day and really think about how I feel. The longer I do it for, the quicker I get with making my colour choices. Unfortunately this isn’t because I’m becoming more aware of how I feel, but because I’m just not taking the time.

It shouldn’t be a chore to take a few minutes at the end of the day to think about how I feel. But sometimes it is! It requires a lot of dedication to do something every day and I guess this is why I forget to floss!

I know that grey days are creeping into my scarf because I’ve made a huge life changing decision and whether it’s good or bad it’s bound to be scary and unsettling. I’m also doing what I promised myself I wouldn’t do and I’m putting far too much pressure on myself. There are so many things I want to do and I want to do them all NOW!

My mood scarf has made me think about this and my mission is to relax a bit more and really take the time to think about my mood of the day rather than making a snap decision on the colour.

I know that a few people have stopped their mood scarves for various reasons. Maybe because of the time it takes, because they weren’t happy with their colour choices or perhaps because they’re having a truly rubbish time and don’t want to dwell on how they’re feeling. I completely understand this. If everyday is a sad colour then the mood scarf might make it difficult to focus on the positive things.

I won’t lie -it’s a challange! But I’m really glad I’ve kept it up and want to offer some encouragement and advice to those who’ve put the needles down:

  • Some of my friends have been listing their colours for each day and then catching up on the knitting when they get a chance. This is a great way to do it if you don’t have much free time!
  • If you started a scarf but have stopped for whatever reason – you don’t need to feel bad about missing a bit. Just pick it up again! We don’t all have to be at the same point so just do whatever suits you. You could do a random colour stripe to represent the patch where you stopped and then carry on from now.
  • If things are really rubbish and you can’t face thinking about your mood, then maybe you could start a positivity scarf instead? You could have a bad colour for days when you’ve done nothing positive, a colour for when you have and then your favourite colour which you can knit when you’ve done more than one positive thing. This might encourage you to do lots of positive things! Lynsey inspired me to think about this with her lovely new positive blog!
  • If you just stopped because you weren’t happy with the colours or pattern you chose then simply start again! (an excuse to buy more yarn I think?)

There are no rules and I can see from how different all the scarves are that they’re very personal to each of us. So if you haven’t joined in already -get started! And if you’re wavering – get stuck in again or start something new! It really is rewarding. I’m really loving seeing other people’s mood scarves so please keep sharing your pics with me.

Happy mood scarf knitting everyone x

12 thoughts on “Mood Scarf- the story so far

  1. I have never seen a mood scarf before but it’s such a great idea! That’s another project added to my ‘to-knit’ list. What yarn are you using? The yellow ball is particularly nice 🙂

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  2. HI, I have a question about how long do you knit the scarf? Is it for days, weeks, months, or a year? I read on the internet about knitting a scarf from what the weather was like each day for a year. You use different colors for the weather, like sunny days, cloudy days, rainy days, snowy days, and so forth. It is the same idea about what mood you are in. This is a good way to use up scrap yarn. Thanks!

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  5. I saw what I think was a blog outlining your Mood Scarf, and I thought it was such a great idea that I have started to knit one of my own, but I’m using 5 colours. I’m finding that the side, up which I take the extra strands, gets quite ‘thick’ with strands and I’m not sure how I’m going to make it look neat on that side. At first I tried cutting each strand once I’d finished with it and sewing it in, but the yarn is fairly lightweight, and with the frequent sewing in of ends, the work began to look rather messy.

    Any ideas?

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    1. Hello there. This is the reason I went for just three colours so I’m afraid I don’t have a solution for this! If you haven’t done much yet perhaps you could start again with just three colours? Five colours will always mean either a bulky edge from carrying so many strands or lots of sewing in ends. Sorry I can’t be of more help! x

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  6. I love your scarf. I would use that same blue for happy (blue is my fave color) and I would have to think of what others I would use. If someone pissed me off I’d like to add a seething red in there too. It’s such a great idea.

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