I know it sounds great, but people, this is really not normal! It is totally typical for us to have a couple of warm days in January or February, a little respite from winter to give a hint of the early spring to come. But we've hardly had a real frost here yet this winter, and it seems like this winter, 60-degree days are far more common than frosts. I'd find some snow and ice very inspiring for winter knitting, that's for sure.
All I can think to knit right now are cotton baby sweaters and felted tea cozies or coffee sleeves. I'm trying hard to knit a wool cloche for my sister, but please... wool? When will she ever get to wear it??
I think it would be fun if I could jump into a teleporter and zip myself over to someplace frosty for a weekend of knitting. Maybe to Moscow to hang out with Kate A. in her newly-appointed knitting corner, or to New Brunswick to watch Jackie spin beautiful skeins of yarn while I knit away in a cozy chair. To tell the truth, I'm pining for a big, nasty blizzard to snow us in and force me to stay home with the knitting needles and a big cup of hot chocolate for a few days. That would be just lovely.
I guess I should put aside all my anxieties about global warming and be grateful for the nice weather, huh? (I hear you, Canadians). But I worry that one day there won't be any such thing as winter; that 'warm' will just be an adjective like any other, rather than something delightful and cozy to share and cherish against the cold outside. Where would knitting be without winter?? What will we do with all the unemployed sheep?
Anyway, since I can't get myself jazzed about knitting a wool hat, I have to come up with other things to focus my creative energies on. Since it's the start of the year, I can't stop myself from list-making, so I may as well share a list of some of the things I'd like to do this year:
- Design some great modern versions of my favorite vintage knits
- Write a few stories (there are some already cooking in my mind)
- Get a downtown Raleigh Stitch & Bitch rocking again, and maybe even attend it once in a while
- Practice yoga every day
- Make killer tomato sauce from the garden
- Play in the snow
northern ireland looks like a fine place to knit this week