I don’t know about you, but this month I have been particularly prickly. Perhaps it is the looming one-year anniversary of Covid sheltering at home. It might be the weight of loss from all of the people who have lost their lives to this deadly virus. Or it could be the lingering effects from the political madness that occurred not too far down the road from where I live. Watching TV and seeing streets I’ve often driven down now blocked with high gates and barbed wire has left a sour feeling in my stomach.
It’s almost as if we are living under a gray storm cloud, and I am so exhausted by that. I have hit and slowly slid down a pandemic wall.
I knew it was coming, I knew it would happen and I also know I’m not alone. So, the other day I decided I needed a quick and satisfying knit to give myself a mood boost, and then it dawned on me: that is probably why Ann and Kay always do a Bang Out knitalong at this time of year! Duh!
Make Mine a Pullover
I’m not a rug person—I’m a sweater person—and I decided to finally use the yarn in my stash I bought to make myself a Winston pullover. I knit one for a friend back in 2019 and I loved how I could knit it in a weekend. Super bulky weight yarn and a super simple to follow pattern by Jane Richmond was just what I needed.
When I originally knit this sweater and tried it on, I realized that a sweater knit in super bulky weight yarn could actually be fun to knit and flattering on the body. I decided to knit my version using a yarn with a rainbow ribbon running through it because rainbows always make me happy. I also knit the body slightly shorter because of the fit I like in my sweaters, but otherwise I stuck to the pattern and I was so happy by the results. Four days of knitting, rainbows on my needles and it helped me wipe away a bit of the gloom I kept feeling at the end of the day.
Gotta Love a Grandpa
Don’t want a pullover? How about the Superbulky Grandpa cardigan by Joji Locatelli? I’ve also knit this one—I leave it in my office at the University so I always have a cardigan I can throw on when my classroom gets cold. It’s cozy and has the coolest construction that isn’t too complex. Added bonus, POCKETS! Why do pockets always make everything so much better?
Or maybe this time of year you just want to knit a vest to help transition into spring. I’ve got Milliken by Elizabeth Smith on my list too. A cowl neck vest with a split hem is the perfect layering piece as warmer days come – and they will come!
No matter what you’re knitting, make it a great color. Always wear black? Try any of these in a crazy bright hot pink or red instead. Always wearing grey? Perhaps a sunny yellow would brighten up your perspective—or a green. I’ve found that as my mood gets sour, the brighter the sweater I put on.
Warmer, brighter days are ahead. I can feel it.