Happy new year! It felt great to have had a bit of a break from the dailiness of Modern Daily Knitting. Spent time with the lads, with Hubbo. Did absolutely nothing on at least three days, very proud of that.
And it also feels good to be back at it.
Over the holidays, I had all sorts of schemes and dreams for my holiday knitting. There was a stack of recently acquired Rhinebeckiana that was bleating at me. I had at least seven Unfinished Objects in contention, any of which are very fine projects I abandoned only because something else lured me away. And I had an idea for hat multiples, just a wave of fast hats.
Turns out, it was fun to settle in with the project I’ve had on my radar for many weeks now: Joji Locatelli’s Grace Notes pullover.
Last month, everybody was delightfully opinionated about what color my Grace Notes should be. There was a lot of love for Atlas in Whisper, the lightest of the three options, and Wintergreen had its strong supporters—the case was made that a big green would lift the spirits of everybody around me, and if there’s anything I want my handknit garments to convey, it’s positivity.
In the end, I went with Shale.
I know, I know: a gray sweater. Really Ann? Failure of imagination!
It doesn’t feel that way to me. When I look at this warm gray, I think: this may well be one of my favorite projects.
Hey, gray Grace Notes pullover, you are going to be such a comfort item. You are going to be the sweater that lets all my whimsical pants shine. You’re the sort of sweater who has a lot to offer but doesn’t want to steal the show. You, Grace Notes pullover, are the ultimate team player.
I found Kate Atherley’s recent post superhelpful for getting the hang of the construction: “Grace Notes Pullover: Getting Started.” There was definitely a moment where I was Following The Instructions, Fingers Crossed. When the weird-looking piece of knitting resolved into a recognizable shape, it was one of those knitterly moments of success.
I love it already, feeling clever as I knit my way to my first sweater of 2023.