I started knitting my mood scarf on the first day of British summertime 2014 – and finally finished last weekend on the last day of British wintertime 2015!
I initially started planning my mood scarf after seeing the idea on Pinterest. I loved the idea of matching colours to moods and then having a visual diary of how I’ve felt. Lots of other people got excited about it as well! Rebecka and Steph finished their crochet mood scarf and mood cowl long before I finished my scarf.
The most difficult thing about knitting this for me was taking the time to knit it everyday. After a while I started making a note of the colour each day and having a catch up knit every Tuesday at knit group.
It surprised me how difficult it was to maintain the dedication to something so simple. I understand why some people have ‘paused’ in their mood scarf knitting. If you want to pick it up and start again – you could knit a row in a random colour to mark the pause and than crack on!
And you can always take a leaf out of Steph’s book and make it into a cowl and therefore shorter. Mine’s huge! but I do like big scarves.
I’ve mentioned in facebook updates about my mood scarf that I was concerned about the amount of yellow in the scarf because it’s a difficult colour to wear. I wasn’t expecting to be as happy as I apparently am! But now it’s finished and I’m wearing it I think it’s fine – the other colours balance it out and I have a hat that matches the teal so that tones it down.
It’s really warm and cosy! And even though it’s starting to feel like Spring – it’s still blooming cold! I’m still wearing my winter coat at the mo, but when it warms up a bit I think a summer jacket and big scarf combo will be perfect.
So here’s a little reminder of what my mood colours meant:
Yellow (Rowan Pure Wool DK– Gold)= Happy, excited, positive.
Greyish (Rowan Felted Tweed– Clay)= Calm, content, okay.
Teal (Rowan Wool Cotton– Ship Shape)= Sad, angry, upset, worried.
I also have a random off white st st stripe which indicates the first day after I gave up the day job! I knitted the whole scarf in garter st (two rows per day), with an inc & dec on each alternate row to make it asymetric. You can find more details on my pattern here.
And here are the results!
I’m very pleased with the sad/happy ratio! When I was choosing my colour for each day I would only choose teal if I felt very sad or really stressed etc. If I just felt a bit ‘meh’ or not too bad then it would be grey. And the same for yellow – I would only choose this if I felt super happy or excited. If I was just content or okay then it would be grey.
And that is why I was 50% grey! This colour was covering so many moods – right from ‘not great’ through to ‘good but not bouncing off the walls happy (ie-content)’.
I chose three colours for practical reasons. I didn’t want a million ends to sew in and wanted to carry the colours up the side when they weren’t being used. If I’d used more than three colours it would’ve been a bit bulky and messy at the edge – but this did limit how many moods I could record!
I think five colours would have been good so that the grey could have been divided into not great, fine/normal and content. And in hindsight a separate colour for ‘poorly’ would have been useful!
I’m not sure that it would be possible to achieve a 100% happy mood scarf – we all have our bad days and just okay days. I think the reason the sad % is so low for me is because if I feel bad I do something to make myself feel better. I eat something nice, go for a walk, talk to someone I love or just mooch with the cats! It’s actually surprisingly easy to bring a sad day up to an okay day just by doing something nice or talking it out.
For me the majority of my bad days this year have been due to illness and frustration at the restricted diet I’ve been on since a stomach infection left me with a traumatised digestive system last July! It’s very difficult to make the day better when I feel bad due to something outside of my control. The fodmap diet has been hugely beneficial as it has helped to ease my symptoms and turn some teal days to grey. And happily I finished the year with a couple of yellow days!