Posts Tagged ‘sweater’

What’s Wrong With Orange?

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I married someone who thinks certain colors are meant for certain seasons and can only be worn at specific times. Orange in particular. Orange is fall. October and November and that is it. Orange is pumpkins and turkey and fall leaves, or so he thinks. I once found a beautiful orange cardigan and he said “well, you could wear it in the fall, but that’s about it.” He’s nuts.

I like color. All the colors, all the time. I don’t WEAR them all the time, but I like them. But a good, vibrant green is about my favorite. Pair it with a bright, warm orange? Swoon! So when one of my favorite yarn shops was closing and I found a few skeins of an alpaca blend in my two favorite colors, of course I snapped it up! There wasn’t enough of either to make any large project, but I figured I could use them for smaller projects – hats, mittens, scarves. It’s been marinating in my stash for a couple of years now.

When I first saw Alicia Plummer’s pattern for Backshore, I knew that was the one for my long-hoarded yarn. I had almost enough yarn to make it, and was able to gather enough of the now-discontinued yarn through Ravelry destashes to finish the job. A comfy, striped pullover in my favorite colors? Yes, please. It’s driving my husband insane. “Why are you knitting a fall sweater in January?” “I guess you can wear it in October.” I can not wait to wear it this spring. Sometimes it’s fun just to push his buttons.

I Can Knit That!

geo shrugI have a problem. All knitters have this problem. We see fabulous knit items and say “oh, I can do that!!” Or we need a quick accessory and say “I can make that!” And we have the best of intentions, but we truly CAN’T knit everything we want. There’s physically not time. But we try.

My 20th high school reunion in Northern New York is coming up. Last week, I dragged Emily, my designated shopping cohort, to the mall to help me find a dress for the reunion. Our first stop was the Gap where we found the perfect black and white graphic maxi skirt. That looked incredible as a strapless dress. Thinking it was too easy, we scoured the rest of the mall, but kept going back to the skirt/dress. My only misgiving was… it’s strapless! I’m a mom of four! I’m… well, no. I’m not old! But I need a little more cover than strapless provides.

“So get a shrug. NO, MAKE a shrug!! Seriously. You can crank that out in no time.” Emily is nothing if not an enabler. The sensible part of me said no, there’s not enough time. The less rational part quickly shut up the sensible part and said SURE! I can knit a shrug! I have LOTS of time!! It’s a shrug. That’s nothing! And with my stash? Of course I have white yarn.

Famous last words.

I found the pattern quickly, it had been in my Ravelry queue for ages. The Shetland Shorty from Knitty. I had exactly four suitable skeins of white yarn, two each of cotton and linen. Not nearly enough to make the shrug. I considered a trip to the yarn shop, but that never ends well for the wallet. I’ll still need money for vacation. So I did what any normal, rational, sensible knitter would do with nine days remaining before road tripping cross-country.

I placed a Knitpicks order.

I have plenty of time! My yarn arrived Tuesday. Lots of time. I’ve had to frog the shrug three times already. All the time in the world. I leave on Monday. PLENTY of time.

I think.