We’ve hit that time of year, here in the MidWest, where the weather is positively unpredictable. The morning will start out cold enough for you to wear not only a jacket, but a scarf and hat too, and by afternoon, you’re wondering how many layers of clothing you can strip off before you become indecent. Cold and wet and rainy and gray, then suddenly blue skies and no jacket needed.
This is the time of year when I try to figure out what the heck I’m supposed to be knitting. Right now, I have two sweaters on the needles, and I’m trying to figure out what to do next. Do I keep knitting them, knowing full well that I’ll be thrilled to have them finished and ready to wear once winter comes along? Do I set them aside and cast on something more springy, a nice tank top or skirt or short sleeved sweater? I mean, I love this sweater that I’m about halfway through:
That’s Vivian, by Ysolda Teague, in MadelineTosh Vintage. I swore after my hideous experience with that Little Birds pattern that I wouldn’t do an more of her sweaters, but I’d been wanting to make this one forever. I really couldn’t stay away, and honestly, the pattern hasn’t given me issues this time around. Well alright, the set-up rows were just kind of a mess to translate and get on the needles, which feels more like a few key words were removed in the editing process than anything else. And I did wind up cursing up one side and down the other of those first half dozen rows or so, but that was really my own incompetence more than anything else. I had somehow forgotten how to count higher than 8 – I hate it when that happens. But that was totally my own fault, not the pattern’s. Once I was about 10 rows in, I definitely found my rhythm. The trouble is that with all of those glorious cables, it’s definitely slow knitting. I need to follow multiple charts at any given time, which means that despite having started this on New Years Day, I’m still only about 50% of the way through. That’s one completed sleeve that you see and what barely counts as a cuff for the other. The body is completed up to the armholes…really, I’m sure that the sweater would just fall off the needles once the second sleeve is done. I’ve been wanting this sweater for so long now – I bought that yarn about 3 years ago as a holiday gift for myself. (This turned out to be a wise choice that year – it was a very hard winter, and I was happy to have that yarn to look at and plan for.) But let’s say that I finish it in the next few weeks – highly unlikely since I’ve finally gotten the yarn I need for the chuppah and that now has my full attention. Even if I do finish it – so what? It’s not like I’m going to get to wear it.
By the time I finish this or that other sweater, full Cleveland springintosummer will be upon us, which means damp, humid weather, sunshine and heat. The only time that you find yourself needing a sweater is when you go into one of the establishments that has the hideous habit of making the air conditioning so high that you forget why you bothered wearing that sundress out of the house. Do I really want to finish a sweater just in time not to wear it?
Of course not – the joy of being a knitter is finishing a project and being able to immediately make it a part of your wardrobe rotation. But do I really want to be so fickle as to set this beautiful project aside? Come September, I would be happy to find it completed and sleeping in my sweater drawer, just waiting for the day that comes when I start to notice a chill in the air.
What about you? Does it ever hit that point where the seasons make you want to abandon your current project of choice? And if you give in, how do you deal with those feelings of guilt?