After a long grueling winter, fine weather has finally arrived in my hometown. Toronto is budding with the promise of patio days and backyard barbecue nights. Every deep breath seems to be filled with possibilities.
I recently picked up a project that has laid abandoned since last fall. On a particularly dark day in October that held the certainty of a wicked storm, I went to my favourite yarn store and purchased what I can only describe as a stormy coloured skein of Madeline Tosh fingering weight. It’s navy base and variegated tones match EVERY pair of jeans and the sky just before it rains. Unfortunately, when I failed to finish the shawl before all the leaves had fallen and the frosts came, I tucked it away for the season.
I just last night finished the Clapo-Ktus shawl. Too late for blocking, I left it for this morning. I usually block my projects on a set of rubber mats on my living room floor, but when I woke to warmth and sunshine, I imagined sitting on the newly sprouted grass in the backyard and carefully pinning it out. In practice, the lumpy uneven ground and blades of grass poking up through the mat joints proved less picturesque than I had imagined. I shifted the whole production over to the patio pavers and voila! I spent a wonderful morning communing with nature AND my knitting. A perfect combo.
In the warmth and light breezes, my project dried in record time. I am now ready for the chilly public transit commutes that I subject myself to every morning. I love my new shawl! It was a super simple pattern and I highly recommend it. Easy to knit in front of a good (or not so good) movie, in the car, or on your lunch break. It looks impressive when done and with only one skein of approximately 420 yards of fingering weight, it produces quite a large finished piece. I can’t wait to wear it on Monday morning. And let’s be honest…anything that makes you excited about getting up on a Monday morning is worth eight months of waiting.