Knitting has given Sooo-z Mastropietro a way to harness her anxiety during this highly unusual time. What began as small sign post cozies became colorful messages of inspiration and hope. According to Sooo-z, “it gives me a sense of power to sneak out at night and hide my work in plain sight.”

She calls her knitting Project aKNITdote because it is an ongoing mission to redirect her energy away from the unfathomable while trying to keep her family’s and community’s gaze on something positive and happy. Like the coronavirus, she strikes at random and infiltrates various targets with the intent of putting smiles on faces when people can get out to see their world. Her targets include popular jog routes, secret pathways, test sites and hospitals. There are no boundaries and even with restrictions, she finds ways to go out at night and stretch her perimeter. She won’t stop until we resume some form of normalcy.

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