I know, I know it’s still February and therefore it is still Winter. In fact as January here in Germany was rather warm and damp I am quite happy that the temperatures finally dropped to a wintry level. What would be a good old Winter without cold ears in the morning, without frost-covered windscreens or even without slippery roads? It just wouldn’t feel right.
But it’s only natural to slowly prepare for the next season which is Spring fortunately. You may have noticed that the days are getting longer and maybe you are lucky enough to get a glimpse of proper daylight after you get home from work. If you keep your eyes open you might even spot some early flowering plants like some lovely snowdrops at the side of a plain footpath. Doesn’t all that make you long for Spring?
Still having hundreds of unfinished projects on my needles (and hooks) doesn’t keep me from planning yet another one. Or two. I mean obviously. In early Spring I long for delicate patterns maybe with some lacey elements. I long for light and soft colors. I was totally blown with the projects in the new knitting book by Quince and Co wich is called “plain & simple”. It contains 11 rather basic yet incredibly beautiful patterns that exactly hit my taste. All patterns are plain (who would have thought?) yet have this special something about them to make them really interesting. I think I have to get it. Fortunately it can be downloaded as an e-book (next to order the printed version).
- Perfect for still chilly Spring days would be the Willow Sweater by Pam Allen which can be found in the above mentioned book. It reminds me of a classical gansey sweater but with a rather more delicate look because of the lace pattern.
- Pixel Stitch Socks by purlsoho (free pattern!) This year I finally want to knit more socks. For some reason I never got warm with the whole heel and toe thing and all the different techniques. So why not give it another go with this easy yet stunning and free sock pattern?
- Since I saw this beautiful instagram picture of Tayler (@woolneedleshands) I really want to do just something with granny stripes. The above picture ist from some autralian website where you could buy this blanket, but I really like the colors used for it. Would be a perfect baby blanket. Plus it would be the perfect project to get rid of some of my stash yarn.
- The Sibella Pullover by Carrie Bostick Hoge is also a great example for including lace work in a sweater. A few years ago I already knitted the cardigan version of Sibella which is probably one of the most beautiful garments I knitted so far and got me already a lots of compliments.