Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Spring has sprung...


Spring has finally arrived in NASCAR, PA. and it is a joy to behold. When my kids were younger we would always take afternoon walks and look for signs of Spring: daffodils, pussy willow, robins and gnomes (man do I miss Zoloft!). Anyway, nowadays signs of Spring include a dwindling tax refund, dealing with student supplications usually involving phrases like 'extension on my paper' and 'needing to graduate', not being able to fit in last Spring's already unstylish capri pants let alone contemplating buying new ones, and rushing around like a mad hatter from choir concert to orchestra practice to soccer game. But no matter, these things I take in stride because I love Spring. I must say it's primarily due to my affection for the color green and all its many hues and shades. Here you see pictured the back of a baby sweater that I am truly enjoying--note the chartreuse green bush in the background. At first I was attempting one of those '5 Hour Baby Sweater' jobbies, but I quickly discovered that any knitting pattern that has a supposed time limit stated explicitly in the project's title is a recipe for anxiety,frustration and feelings of inadequacy, so I frogged it and am leisurely working at my own pace on this one, which is inspired by the 'Even Danielle did it, again' Sweater from the Yarn Girls' Guide to Kid Knits book. I am doing mine in Jo Sharp Aran Tweed, one of my all time fave yarns. I am very excited to finish this and give it to my assistant, who is a lovely, solid Iowan embarking on motherhood for the first time. I know as a native Minnesotan I am technically not supposed to hold Iowans in high regard, but she is just so darn nice! In any case, I suppose that knitting a baby sweater is an appropriate way to auger in my favorite season. Knitters: Do you find yourselves motivated by a particular season?

7 comments:

Amanda Cathleen said...

What a lucky co-worker you have : )
I love Spring and early summer the most. But I think its the different fibers and colors in the yarn that inspire me to knit.

MandyJ said...

I'm a summer person, I think it's the heat I enjoy..ask me when it's 90 and I'll complain I'm sure. For me it's the things I know I can knit that inspire me to knit. One reason I haven't tried sweaters yet.

Elsa said...

I LOVE spring knitting! Lighter fare, just a little something to cover up the morning chill.

Divine Ladi said...

I'm a summer baby that loves summer knitting! I love the colors and the sexy knit and crochet patterns that come out. I love it all! I can sit in 100 degree weather knitting like it's a cool 45 degrees :).

Dipsy said...

Hi from Austria! Oh, your co-worker is certainly a lucky one! Spring is my favorite time of the year, I'm always so amazed to see nature awakening, everything in bloom, all these beautiful colors... And so I love spring knitting best, light sweaters for the cooler, tops for the warmer days...
I love how your baby sweater is coming along, such beautiful colors - looking forward to see more progress pics!

Lone Knitter said...

The sweater back looks so lovely again that Spring foilage. You know, I think I aim my knitting projects towards winter only because I'm so cold all of the time! So winter inspires me all year round. I would like to knit a little breezy summer top sometime though.

Wendy DG said...

I love green, too...and I really love the Jo Sharp Aran tweed. It's definitely a classic. Are you anywhere near Altoona? I'm a Florida girl, but my whole extended family is from PA. Speaking of green and PA - I think May in PA holds the most beautiful, rich shades of green. In Florida, winter is our spring. Right now, it's brown and it feels a lot like summer!