Dreaming and Colour

I’ve never been the best sleeper and as I wake up a lot throughout the night I tend to remember a lot of my dreams and they’re often vivid. However- If I don’t tell someone about it straight away or write it down, then I forget it pretty quickly!

When I was at university, I kept a dream diary for a while. My dreams appear to be fairly random, but I found it really interesting that I could trace most things back to something that had happened the previous day, conversations I’d had and things that were on my mind.

Knitting my mood scarf feels like a similar process to recording my dreams. Often when you’re busy you don’t take the time to think about what’s on your mind or effecting your mood. Simply taking the time to write my dream diary made me aware of what was causing sadness or stress and allowed me to deal with with it.

wpid-img_20140419_212938.jpgHow often do we sit down at the end of the day and ask ourselves how we have felt throughout the day and why? Taking this time to reflect is a real luxury for me! The first few days of my scarf were sort of unhappy/ middling. When I thought about why that was, I managed to pinpoint the things that were stressing me out and made a conscious effort to not let them stress me out! Easier said than done, but it did lead to a few happy yellow days which is great.

My favourite thing about this project is the fact that me and my knitting friends have started talking about how we feel in terms of colour! If you ask someone “How are you?”- the answer is generally “I’m fine/ good thanks!”. People rarely go into detail about how they really feel. If I’m asked “how is your mood scarf going?”, then I naturally want to give a bit of an explanation as to why it’s sad or happy. I think this project is making us talk a bit more openly and that’s lovely.

Unfortunately mine is all a bit teal/grey at the moment. It doesn’t always feel good to reflect on the day if it’s been an unhappy one, but I’m trying to think long-term about how interesting it will be to look back on the scarf as a whole and see the visualisation of my moods. And if it has been a bad day- a bit of knitting and colour therapy can’t hurt!

Thank you for sending me and Eleanor at Knit Nottingham your pics- it looks like we’re all a mixed bag of emotions! If you haven’t joined in already- feel free to tag along. Happy mood scarf knitting everyone x

 

Mood Scarf-along kick-off!

Today is the first day of British summer time, and therefore the first day of the mood scarf-along!

Thank you so much for sending me pics of your colours- as you can see from the selection above, we’re all going to have quite different mood scarves! Colour is such a personal thing, and I really agonised over my choices. The most difficult part was choosing the colour for my negative moods. I found it difficult to associate a colour I like with sadness or negativity, but I didn’t want to use a colour I don’t like in my scarf! As I said in my original mood scarf blog–  lovely Eleanor from Knit Nottingham pointed out that knitting a colour I love will be a comfort on my sad days!

So here is a quick re-cap of the 3 colours I have chosen for my mood scarf and what they mean for me.

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 wanted to use three colours as I’m planning to carry the yarn up the side and any more than three would be too bulky. But I’m loving the fact that a lot of you have made your own plans! You’re more than welcome to follow the pattern I will be working to, but if like Eleanor, you don’t think you’d wear a scarf and prefer shawls, or maybe like Rebecka you prefer to crochet- then just do your own thing! I’m really looking forward to doing a show and tell on my facebook page every couple of weeks so we can see how different they all look!

Here are a few blogs people have written about their plans for the mood scarf-along-

Steph at Nettynot.

Eleanor of Knit Nottingham fame.

Lynsey’s Diary of the novice crafter.

Liv from knit group @livjaa.

And here’s my plan! I am making a fairly wide asymetric garter st scarf, so the width will be the diagonal width. I will be working two rows per day- as per the pattern below. Today I will count my cast on row as row 1 and then work row 2. My yarns are DK and I will cast on 85 sts on 3.5mm needles (shiny new needles!)

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: K1, M1, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.

If you’re feeling inspired to join in, but haven’t bought your yarn, raided your stash or made up your rules yet- it’s not too late! You can join in the fun whenever. It’s all very relaxed!

So, away we go! I’m going to keep my mood scarf by my bed and do it at the end of each day. I hope you all have happy days! And if not- I hope that knitting your mood scarf brings you a bit of calm at the end of the day.

Happy mood scarf knitting! x

Mood Scarf-along

After my Mood Scarf blog a few weeks ago- some of you were keen to join me in a mood scarf-along! I was already excited about this project- but now I’m even more excited at the thought of people joining in and us all sharing the progress of our scarves! So I’ve decided on a start date and this is your 2 week warning.

The scarf-along will begin on the first day of British summer time: Sunday 30th March.

I will tell you what I’m doing as a starting point- but you can do whatever you like! Just decide on your colours, yarns and mood scarf rules before the start date and away we go!

Details of the yarns I’m using and what moods they represent are in my original mood scarf blog. They’re all DK weights and I’m planning to work in garter st on 3.5mm needles. I haven’t decided how many stitches yet- but I might go quite wide! To make it a little more interesting, I’m going to inc/ dec on each alt row to make it asymmetric.

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: K1, M1, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.

My friend Steph is thinking about doing hers in varying shades of the same colour. Rebecka is planning to crochet hers and might vary the widths of the stripes as well, depending on moods. I’m so excited!! Please let me know in the comments if you’re joining in and what your mood scarf rules will be. Can’t wait to get started!

Mood scarf

I recently saw this ‘Sky Scarf’ on Pinterest and I started to plan something similar- but based on moods. I then discovered that that’s been done already- and you can even get a kit! But I’d already got my colours and plan in mind so I’ll be using some of my stash.

I’m going to use just 3 colours and do 2 rows at the end of each day so that I can reflect on my overall mood of the day. Fortunately I have more than 3 emotions- but I’m hoping that whatever mood I’m in, it should fit into one of the following categories. If not- I’ve got some Felted Tweed in ginger on standby!

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.

It feels sort of wrong to be using teal as my negative colour, because it’s my favourite colour! But lovely Eleanor from Knit Nottingham pointed out that the teal will be a comfort on my sad days! She speaks a lot of sense.

I won’t be starting my mood scarf for a while because I’m in the middle of knitting a scarf in yummy Rowan Fine Art– but I’m really excited about it so I wanted to share! I’ll let you know when I start and maybe you’d like to join in? Start raiding your stash for yarns of the same weight. Needles at the ready! Hopefully we’ll all have very happy yellow scarves. Although I don’t suit yellow- so a few content/ sad days would make a better scarf!