It’s been several months now since the Covid-19 outbreak changed so many of our lives. We’re still only just beginning to understand how the virus works and its long-term effects on the body, but one thing is clear: it hasn’t gone away.
In fact, the numbers here in California and in several other states are downright troubling. We’re on an upward trend again.
Unfortunately, that comes just as so many of us are feeling increasingly desperate to return to some semblance of normalcy. It’s summertime here, we miss our loved ones, and many people are feeling the severe financial strain of not being able to work for extended periods. It’s hard to keep isolating in the face of all that, and to a certain extent, complete isolation just isn’t possible for many. Add in the very real need to protest in defense and support of Black lives (an important, life-saving activity), and there are a lot more people in contact with each other than there were a month ago.
One thing we do know about the virus, though, is that we decrease our risk of contracting and spreading it when we reduce the amount of time we spend in contact with others. There are some essential activities we have to go out for, but there are a lot of other things that really aren’t necessary just yet. I’ve found that it’s easier for me to stay home as much as possible when I have good knitting projects and other things to entertain (distract?) myself.
And that’s where the Lemon Scone at Home Cowl comes in.
You might remember the Berry Scone Shawl, which I released earlier this year. It’s been one of my most popular patterns ever. I love the stitch pattern, but I wanted to do something that used only one skein of yarn so knitters could use a treasured single skein they had been saving for something special or stash dive and make something pretty during times when their budgets might be tight.
I’ve also been thinking a lot about how knitting has been such a helpful coping tool while so many of us have been spending more time at home than usual during an extremely stressful period. A few moments of stitching, the rhythmic click of the needles, the soft glide of yarn across my fingers, and I find myself feeling a little steadier and ready to resume the important work that must be done.
I hope this project helps you avoid unnecessary outings and find a moment of peace during your day.