While last summer was the summer of green handknits, this winter seems to be shaping up to the the winter of blues, as you’ll see in just a bit. I’ve been feeling pretty blue, too – I still haven’t recovered from the extended bout with pneumonia that started in November, and it’s led me to have to miss a conference I was very excited about (I’d be on the plane right now, if I were well) and to have to pull out of the current session with my chamber orchestra, too. I’m normally such an energetic person (as anyone who’s met me in person will attest) so it’s a bit disorienting to be so flattened by fatigue for such a long time. It’s not completely unfamiliar – I’ve dealt with extended periods of fatigue before, during graduate school, but it’s a whole different ballgame as a parent who is a full-time professor. I’m trying to keep my spirits up, adjust my schedule where I can, and remember that it is probably not going to be like this forever.
I’ve always really liked bright colors and I’ve always liked blue, and my stash reflects that. I mentioned in my last post that I’d cast on for a Musselbergh hat from a bright blue skein of sock yarn, and what you see above is the progress I’ve made on it so far. It’s a really great mindless knit, and mindless is good when you’re not feeling amazing.
But I was also itching to cast on for a sweater for myself, and looking through my Ravelry queue, I thought Gridlines would be a great one. I had a sweater’s worth of Madelinetosh Twist Light in Hydroponic that I picked up awhile back with the proceeds from my Wool People 1 pattern (Sullivan), and I’d originally thought I would design myself a loose, drapey sweater with it, but when I saw Gridlines, I was smitten, and I thought that it would look amazing in bright blue-green with neon speckles. And so far, it does!
The pattern is kind of addictive, with the clever slipped stitches and garter ridges forming a grid, and the design is SUPER customizable in terms of width, length, and even neckline circumference (I’m knitting a size 2dM, for the record). So far, I’ve managed to knit the right front, which is what I’m showing off in the pictures:
The construction is really interesting, and I’m looking forward to knitting the rest of it. So those are my “bright blues” for this winter!