My knitting ritual was knocked off a little, but I'm trying to get back to it. A little at the time and I realize how calming it is and the effects on me were immediate.
I did finish the Hogwarts Express (found on Ravelry) shawl for my niece. I had 21 owls with a whole lot of my 400 yards left over. I could easily have gone to 30 owls. I think that many would have been for an adult more than a child, so I don't regret making it smaller.
I used Madelinetosh Merino Light in the toast colorway. It's a single ply, soft as butter yarn. Lovely to work with. I would like to thank Anonymous T (also known at Tracey) for her contribution of beads - I used a crochet hook to apply them which was faster and safer than applying beads with a beading needle.
Garter stitch is my go to when times are rough because it's mindless knitting and the patterns I choose usually have a pretty easy repeat to memorize, so when the Hogwarts shawl was done, I went right to my next garter stitch project.
Still in the beginning stage, I am working on Leftie (also found on Ravelry).
This is another of those patterns that is simple, yet impressive. I'm using left over Lion Brand merino in white, Fleece Artist Hand Maiden sock yarn in green/multi and US #3 needles. It's a fast knit, not particularly mindless, but it's interesting with easy repeats. I need that.
I'm not sure how big I'll make it, but with 13 leaves (so far), I don't think I'm even half way. I guess I'll go until I run out of something. However, with my track record for running out of yarn is a feat I can't seem to accomplish. This time I'm going to try real hard.
This will keep my mind occupied while I get over the hump. It's cheerful and pretty. Just what I need.