YarnHarlot wrote few days ago about having serious Startitis and that being a sure sign of spring.
After reading what she wrote I was left thinking about the subject and wondered why is spring such a good time to start several projects, or why does it feel like a good time to start several projects. Summer and warm weather on the way and we, wool folk, feel like digging ourselves deeper into the wool. Strong winds carry us warm air and we surround ourselves with wool fumes. And all that feels just right, so right. I have had a craving for new yarn and it totally makes sense to me.
During the freezing months, knitting is necessary. It feels all the time like everything should be finished, right this moment so that I can wear it and be protected against the cold. Socks should have been done already, those mittens, hurry up, keep knitting, you will need them tomorrow. Oh, the forecast is predicting -20°C and that hat is not yet finished... But when spring comes, the need is postponed by a few months, now is the time to take it easy, to enjoy the knitting, make one stitch after another and not to be bothered about finishing since the cold season is far, far away.
Again, this is the time when one can be more imaginative, no immediate need for hats or mittens or socks, so it is totally fine to try out something more demanding, more difficult. Now is the time to make those cables or that color work or real lace knitting. Now is the time to plan, to dream, and to cast on. Could that be the reason why spring is such a good time for knitting?
I finished one pair of socks in February (these striped ones). The other pair is on the way, but I had to rip it back for quite a bit... I was hoping to make them long and I was sure I had another skein somewhere hiding, but I went through my sock yarn stash and no, there was only this one skein. There were few grays but none matching. I had to rip and start over. However, I am making good progress so I am hoping I am able to finish these this month and hopefully make another pair.
How is your spring knitting? Do you have startitis? Or is spring for you the time to start sewing and crocheting? Or something else maybe? Oh, I know all you with the green thumb are already well on the way. Definitely, it is time to make some changes and lift the face towards the sun and let the spring wash clean the winter-tired mind and body.
Wool with you,
(It is impossible to get good pictures of Väinö, the only time he keeps still is when he is sound asleep.)