A Risky Strategy & Synthetic Yarn

I had intended writing about some synthetic yarn that I’m working with but it seems remiss to start this without a some discussion on the current ‘elephant in the room’ – or should I say virus on the horizon.  The UK government, is currently the only one globally that is following a path of delay for the virus rather than containment.  Schools are still open but most people have been asked to work at home.  Anyone with symptoms has to ‘self isolate’.  This is in an attempt to allow a certain level of contagion across the population and thereby increase immunity.  There is a good and measured piece in the New Statesman on this. “If coronavirus can’t be eradicated by containment, and if, unchecked, it will completely outstrip our capacity to care for serious cases, then the best way of managing it is to gain some control over the timing and rate of the inevitable infections. This is the UK’s ambitious strategy – to flatten and draw out the first wave.”

It is a risky strategy but just ‘might’ be effective.  The question they are addressing is in fact – what happens when the containment in other countries is lifted – the virus will still be around in the population. 

There have been unprecedented levels of panic buying in the supermarkets.  My daughter was told about one customer who purchased 20, 18 roll packs of toilet tissues! 

Some sunny daffodils – to ease ‘virus stress’

So in the midst of all this I’ve been working on a simple pattern for a mosaic cowl. The yarn that I’m using is a synthetic one and behaves quite differently from my usual wool or alpaca mix.  Firstly, it is much thicker – despite being labelled as 4ply (fingering).  It is also considerably less stretchy.  The outcome of this is that I’m going to have to frog the work that I’ve done so far as it is much bigger than I expected.  Ho hum – just be cool and frog away. There is something quite therapeutic about admitting a mistake and undoing it all – and starting again.  (Big big sigh).  

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