Right after the election I was sad, angry and scared for so many people that I love and for so many people I don't know. I was a tornado of emotions, just a mess. I couldn't knit or spin, I just sat, occasionally yelling or crying. I usually can spin or knit my way through almost anything, it's a stress reliever, it's calming, it's repetitive, but I just couldn't do it. The closest I got was hand winding balls of yarn.
Until late last week. I saw Rachel Atkinson's Cecelia Cowl and had to make one, right that instant. I found the exact yarn in my stash, cast on and knit until it was done. Then I dug out more bulky yarn and knit another cowl in a single stitch and I'm onto my third cowl. I'm feeling better, still a whirlwind of emotion, but now with less sorrow and more cussing. I've donated money, called Senators and Congresspeople and am making a plan to volunteer.
I've knit three cowls in less than a week and the need to keep making them is not going away. Thankfully my LYS has a great selection of chunky yarn and I suspect I'll start spinning big yarn soon. It's getting me through, clearing my head, focusing my thinking on how and what I want to fight for during this next presidency. I'll be the one out there wearing a chunky cowl.