The year of the mood scarf

mood scarfIn a few weeks time I will be casting off my mood scarf after a full year of knitting!

The main surprise for me has been how incredibly difficult it is to do something every day for a whole year. IΒ  previously wrote a blog about the challenging months of my mood scarf where I learnt how closely my mood was linked to my health. Although I’m not fully recovered, I’m still seeing very gradual improvement so if I have a bad day health wise it doesn’t necessarily bring my mood down to a teal day. I think it’ll be a long time before I can eat completely normally without being ill – but I’m hoping reintroduce wheat and milk soon. Pancake day was a bit of a fail with soy milk and rice flour pancakes! They had a rather rubbery texture.

I thought I’d come through the most challenging months of my mood scarf, but then something unexpected happened. I hate to say this – but I got bored of knitting it!

For the last couple of months it’s been quite consistently grey with the odd teal (sad/stressed) or yellow (happy!). This is good because I’ve been okay/content. The main problem has been a lack of time! I’ve been really busy working away on secret projects, which means I’ve not had much time off to do selfish knitting. My allocated night for selfish knitting is Tues at knit group and as I’ve not had time to do my mood scarf every day – I’ve been noting down my colours and catching up on a Tues night. But because this is the only time I get for selfish knitting, the scarf has started to feel like a bit of a chore. I really want to finish my Captivate cardie! And I really want to cast on KaneshonΒ In the beautiful cornflower shade of Rowan Cotton Lustre!

Someone told me once that if something is easy – it’s not worth doing. I don’t entirely agree with that! But I do agree that there is often more satisfaction in achieving something that was hard work. Although there have been challenging months and the last few months have felt like hard work – I’m really glad that I’ve stuck with my mood scarf. I have an excellent visual diary of my moods – and it’s been so interesting to do this in a year of many changes.

I would like to do another mood scarf, but I think I’ll have a little rest first! I will take a leaf out of Steph’s book and just do a mood cowl for six months! At the six month point I was still enjoying it and managing to keep up with doing two rows a day – so perhaps that’s a more realistic plan.

Did you stick with your mood scarf for a full year? I’d love to see pics if you have!

I started my mood scarf on the first day of British summer time 2014 and I’m looking forward to finishing it on the last day of British winter time 2015. I can’t wait to wear it and I think I’ll get some use out of it before Spring warms up!

2 thoughts on “The year of the mood scarf

  1. I’m coming to the party late — but I would like to make a mood or weather scarf this year. Also, I’m just restarting my knitting adventure ( haven’t knit since my sons were toddlers) so I have a few questions
    1. Does M1 mean increase 1 stitch?
    2. How many stitches did you cast on?
    Thank you.

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