I have a few sweaters that have been on the needles for years. I will be thrilled to wear them when they are finished, but I can be patient with myself. Sometimes I get motivated to finish all of my unfinished projects, and sometimes I just need something new.
I knit grey sweaters all winter (only one of which is finished), so I decided it was time for something with a little pop and brightness to get me through April in Portland. Fortunately, Manos del Uruguay sent us a box of Maxima last month with some of the brightest neons I could ever imagine existing in yarn form. I grabbed a few skeins of the chartreuse color and waited for inspiration to strike.
After a few false starts, I cast on Julie Hoover's Palette and started working. The stitch pattern is pretty simple, satisfying my need for the basic no-brainer project. But the color and the resulting fabric is certainly mood-lifting.
This yarn is like butter, friends. It is soft and lofty and squishy. I have a few concerns about piling, but I wonder if the slightly felted nature of the single ply with prevent it. Perhaps the textured stitch pattern will help, too. Only time will tell. Worst case scenario, I will just have to knit another one in a few years. If all goes well, this will be off the needles and blocking tonight, and I might even get a little use out of it this month.
Thinking a little further into the future, I have been dying to try Leinen Los, a wool and linen blend from Schoppel Wolle. Sally made a swatch with it and was really impressed with how nicely it bloomed with a little hand-washing. It is available in some beautiful earthy browns and greys, but I decided to go out on a limb and try white.
|Photo from Annie Lee Designs Ravelry page.|
Who knows how far I will get before I cast on for more fun summer knitting? Maybe it's time for a Lattice Top in linen. Or a soon-to-be-published Cameron Hoodie in Blue Sky Cotton. I clearly need a Lemon in Shibui Linen, I think. And socks. Gotta' get ready for fall.
With so much inspiration in the shop and the whole knitting community, it's hard to stop myself. But it's okay...this is a hobby, right? It's not supposed to be stressful. Cast on to your heart's content, I say.