Every year at this point in the season I go through a sort of . . . knitting "mood". . . where I can't quite settle on what I want to knit next. I can't blame the pandemic this time, really. (Although, actually, I can.) (Because I like to blame everything on the pandemic.) But I think it's mostly that between-seasons thing I go through every year.
I'm not really in the mood for woolly knits - like sweaters - by the time May rolls around.
But I'm also not in the mood for more summery knits - like with linen - either.
So I just kind of . . . play things by ear and dabble in some fickle-knitting.
What's that look like? Well. Right now it looks like this . . .
As soon as I saw Margaret Holzmann's Safe at Home blanket on Ravelry, I was smitten. I mean . . . this design has pretty much every element that lights up the happy places in my brain: a grid design, color free-play, whimsy and charm, little houses, and (squeee) striped roofs!
Of course, it also includes futzy intarsia in garter stitch, a whole-lotta seaming, and millions and millions of ends to weave in. (And my intarsia skills are Not Good; a real weak spot in my knitting repertoire.)
But whimsy and charm!
And also there's the symbolic nature of the whole thing. Knitting little houses . . . while we're all staying in our own little houses.
So I'm digging in. I don't know how many squares I'll actually end up with. Probably not the 90 called for in the pattern . . . but maybe enough that I can make a pillow. Or something on the small-ish side. (I do know for sure that the only way to get better at intarsia is to practice. So there is always that, too.) One thing I do know? This will not be a monogamous kind of knit for me.
(I've also gone a bit ga-ga for Susan B. Anderson's sweet Little House design. I bought the pattern, and kind of sense that this may become one of those potato-chip projects for me in the days ahead.)
But it can't be all futzy little houses all the time now, can it? So I've got this on my needles as well . . .
It's another hat for Brian like the one I made him for Christmas. He loves that one -- and recently told me that the Christmas hat is getting him through his current pandemic-hair growth stage. (It's this pattern.)
What's a knitting-mom to do?
How about you? What are you knitting these days?
(And be sure to join my fellow Unravelers over at Kat's today!)