We have a brand-new Field Guide, filled with light and color: Field Guide No. 3: Wild Yarns.
All that light and color makes us feel like casting on something fresh and new. Something quick to knit, since spring is the season of instant gratification and fleeting flowerings. The perfect project for such a season is Kirsten Kapur’s Colorwash Scarf. Two skeins of Lichen and Lace merino wool, an easy-breezy mesh fabric, and an exuberant shape that is not to be found in a geometry book, but that Kirsten calls a swoosh.
I’m all in! Let’s go!
But first, I took a hard look at my life. I have no business casting on for a new knitalong before finishing up my last knitalong. I almost banged out a Hadley sweater in February, but when the helical stripes bug bit me in the first month of A Year of Techniques, I flounced. I left Hadley languishing, at the moment where I was supposed to be working a few short rows to raise the back of the neck. So close to glory, but still: a dangly thing, stuffed in a bag.
Yesterday afternoon, in the Easter Sunday glow, I sat down to finish my Hadley. It took all of an hour. Had I done that hour’s work in February, I could have worn my Hadley while there was still a month of cold weather left.
My modification of the neck to a crew neck, requiring only an inch of ribbing instead of 4 inches, helped speed things along.
(Yes, I’m leaving the mismatched colorwork on the sleeves. It doesn’t bother me at all, now. It’s a design feature. I made it my own!)
Now I can enjoy the fun of casting on my Colorwash Shawl with a clear conscience. Hadley is blocking comfortably, and will soon be nestled in a drawer with a bag of lavender anti-moth mix, to wait for October. But I need something to knit, and wear, now, to celebrate spring.