All around me things are budding. Tulip leaves are pushing themselves up from the ground. Flowers are beginning to show their colors. Trees are ready-ing their flair for another season - it's a time of growth!
So how am I growing in the Spring time? Well, I've been thinking a lot lately about my first "from scratch" sweater - I think it's finally time for me to grow in that way as a knitter. It's been mulling over in my head since late January only really getting a chance to see needle time now. How fortunate are we in these times with such an overflow of information! There are tremendous resources about how to design your own knits - how to make those designs knittable for others, how to figure out that magical rate of decrease to make waists and sleeves fit in perfectly... So I guess there was only one thing to do - cast on.
This knit is going to be for the spring/summer so I want it to be a breathable but wearable knit! I keep seeing myself wearing this with a nice pair of jeans and a long beaded necklace with a class of crisp white wine in my hand. Most of it will be knit in stockinette with a nice firm border... I'm still trying to decide whether I want to pick up stitches for the collar or have it just knit right in. Ahhh decisions decisions! I guess this is where the knitting and ripping and rethinking commences!
The yarn I'm using is the Rowan Purelife cotton. So far I'm really loving how it's knitting up. There's a slight variation to the color which gives it a certain charm. It's also very soft for a cotton. I'm nervous about getting so involved and spending so much time on this and it not panning out. But it's for me! (for now..) So Really I just need to have fun with this - to hopefully have something wearable in the end with lots of lessons learned, I'm sure!
For now, it's just a seedling, soon to be getting those April showers to make it hopefully bloom one day...