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Covid Craft Casualty

green and white knit cowl on wooden hanger
Camino de Paz (a path of peace) Cowl – 2017

In September, I was excited to learn that Christina Campbell (one of my favorite designers) was mulling over themes and working on designs for her sixth annual Project Peace knit-along (KAL).  I have been a faithful participant and my completed project list includes seven of her patterns among which are four previous Project Peace designs.  (The 2018 cowl just never made it to my needles.)  At the time, I even thought to create a Ravelry project page as a placeholder just to get ready. 

Then, as the days slipped from autumn into winter without any additional hints of her creative direction, I wondered if this year’s Project Peace might be yet another pandemic casualty.  And, on what should have been launch day, she alerted the readers of her blog that even with a new pattern created, an appropriate theme selected, and original artwork designed, her heart just wasn’t into managing a knit-along and leading a month of daily meditations.  She was “letting go” Project Peace, not for forever but for 2021.  While disappointed from a craft perspective, I applaud her honest courage.  My first thought was, with two of Christina’s designs in my project queue, I would simply substitute one for another and create my own KAL (just without the “along”.)  Then, after a bit of reflection, I decided to follow her example of “letting go” to focus on the six projects already on my needles and leave her beautiful designs for another time.

3 thoughts on “Covid Craft Casualty

  1. After reading her post, I entirely understand what Christina is talking about. Adapting to the kind of change she described isn’t easy and when you have to do it almost on the fly, it’s draining. The phrase she used, “muster the energy” is exactly that. I can only hope we’ll all be able to do so within the coming year.

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    1. That’s sad as I think having a time for knitting meditation is helpful during the holiday season, but I completely and 110% understand why she decided not to move forward this year. So many changes in the last 2 years and not all of them for the better, but being able to look at things realistically and not contribute further to burn-out is important too. Enjoy your projects!

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