I had a moment this month where the sun was shining, the sky was a brilliant blue and I felt genuinely hopeful for the first time in a while. It also just happened to be the same day I got my first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine.
I’m so ready to get back into a classroom and see my students and get out from behind the screen that I was honestly excited to get a shot. My husband kept looking at me waiting for me to burst into tears, but I just started to feel a sense of relief and hope.
It isn’t just about getting back into the classroom, it’s also about getting to see my friends and family again. It’s about giving hugs and being in the same room with my Mom. It’s about spending time with friends.
I’m very fortunate to have an awesome group of women to knit with, and we have been craving the warmer weather to get to the park and have a socially distanced knitting day again. Winter has felt like it lasted for forever and I’m ready to get outside and see people outside of my pandemic pod.
So as I was thinking about meeting up with friends I thought about the projects I would want to knit that are perfect for a park meet-up and that make me think about spring and joy and friendship.
Friendship by Sylvia McFadden
Although I am a sweater knitter, I love a shawl. They’re the perfect portable project, and I live in shawls and light jackets as spring arrives. I’ve had this pattern in my favorites for a long time, but just hadn’t cast it on yet. A large lace panel and a squishy garter stitch border will be fun to work with in the spring, and I might just make it for my best friend.
In the MDK Shop
Low-Key by Elizabeth Smith
I know I recommended an Elizabeth Smith vest last month, but she released a new one shortly after that I had to cast-on. Knitting it was an absolute delight.
I knit mine in a springy speckled green and have already worn it multiple times. It’s a high-low hem vest knit in worsted weight with a simple purl stitch detail running throughout. What I love about it even more is that you can customize it—add a cowl, make it tunic length or make it the way I did. The designer gives you options for this great project to take with you on the go.
Emma by Deb Hoss
This lovely all over lace top might require more of your attention as you knit, but it is perfect for spring.
The lace makes me think of light breezes and warmer days to come. Plus it’s another reason to branch out into trying cotton yarn if you haven’t already. I can also see myself wearing this in the fall layered under one of my blazers for work. It can become an all year round wardrobe staple.
In the MDK Shop
Super Simple Summer Sweater by Joji Locatelli
I’ve knit this sweater for myself and Jellybean—such a simple pattern to follow.
If knitting with wool is too hot to even think about as the temps go up, I suggest knitting your favorite patterns with cotton.
I like my Super Simple Summer Sweater as a layer in spring and as a sweater to throw in my bag in the summer in case the AC is too cold. And it transitions right into fall and winter. A circular yoke with top down construction that has minimal shaping will also be a good project to knit on the go. Maybe Jellybean and I need another one.
I am so hopeful for what spring will bring, but I’m still being cautious and wearing my masks and washing my hands. Here’s to the warmth of sunshine on our faces and the joy of time spent with the ones we love.