A Cure to a Knitter's Winter Blues


My sweater. Two sleeves done and blocked. Half the back and half of one of the front sections - done. By sweater standards, not too bad. It's going to be an open front cardigan in Knitpicks City Tweed DK, a merino and Donegal blend. The color is "Brrrrocade". A dignified hue that even Lady Violet would approve of. (Yes, I know she's not a real person...) It will be nice and warm. Sedate, classic, wearable. Yawn. I'm craving color. Summer color. I thought my next project was going to be a shawl in this -


I have 750 yards of  6 ply Merino in the Vienna base by Tuckers Farm here in Connecticut. The color is "Isle of Skye" and it's been waiting for me to knit it for more than a year.  Kind of goes along with my "Outlander" theme. A pretty neutral for a beaded summer shawl with a pattern that reminds me of ocean waves. I see water, sky and seaweed. It will be useful and I'll get a lot of enjoyment from knitting with it.  But then again...


                            
 I found this on sale at Knitpicks. I'd had my eye on it but had resisted as long as I could. I bought about a thousand yards of it. Galileo is a merino and bamboo blend and it does shine just like this picture. The color is called "Firefly". It wants to be a summer shawl with small butterflies knitted into the lace and beads twinkling on the bottom border.
I'm trying to be a monogamous knitter - I really am. However, I spend my evening looking at seed catalogs, shivering under my heated blanket. I could really use a new wool sweater. But I really want that shawl. I want to knit with COLOR. I lined them up for a good look. They're actually sitting in my, my mother's and my grandmother's baby cups. It will have few very shiny beads. Sparkly! I can't stop looking at  Swarovski crystals. If I put down the brrrrrocade sweater-in-process, I probably won't pick it up again until Summer's over. A fling with Firefly will make me feel better for a while. But will I'll feel guilty later for cheating on the sweater, leaving it stuffed in a bag for the summer? Is it worth it?


Yes.













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