On the first day of British summertime 2014 I embarked on a year long project of tracking my moods via the medium of knitting.
I’ve been reflecting on the project a lot recently as it’s almost a year since I cast off, and people all over the world are still starting mood scarves inspired by my blog! One of my Facebook followers even made it into the news.
2014 was an interesting year for me. I gave up the day job in the July to focus on teaching knitting workshops and designing. This was such a huge life change for me and I love the fact that I can now look back and see a lovely chunk of happy/excited yellow in July!
Shortly after becoming self employed I became quite ill with a stomach infection which led to a year of tests and a restricted diet. If I wasn’t knitting my mood scarf at the time, I think I would look back at that period of time and remember that I was miserable for months. But my scarf is evidence that I was actually okay most of the time despite not being able to get out much.
Seeing how illness affected my mood and how knitting my mood scarf improved my attitude towards illness, was for me the most interesting part of the project. 18 months on – I’m still being careful with my diet, but you’ll be pleased to hear that I can now eat cake (in moderation) without being ill!
I was really pleased with my mood scarf results! Although I can see why some people chose to use more than three colours. For me – the grey was covering too many moods. Anything from content/okay but not super happy right through to not great/a bit meh but not miserable. But I wanted to carry the yarn up the side and I think that would have been far too bulky with more than three.
I think that being aware of your mood and feelings is vastly under-rated. We’re often too busy to take the time to stop and think about how we feel, but looking after our minds is as important as looking after our bodies. For me – knitting the mood scarf made me a lot more aware of what I needed to keep my mind healthy. If I feel sad, I know that a walk, some sunshine, a cuddle or knitting can quite quickly lift me to content!
I hope you’re enjoying your mood scarf if you’re working on one now and if you want to follow the pattern I used you can find it in my blog here.