Usually by this time of the year I’ve not only finished knitting holiday sweaters for my husband, myself, and our dog, I have also photographed our family and have cards mailed. With the way the year 2020 has gone, I decided to not stress myself out about making all the sweaters by a certain timeline and to just focus on sending out cards for the new year.
Honestly, between all of the things (virtual teaching, virtual graduate school, and living through a pandemic), adding a knitting deadline was an unnecessary stress I didn’t need to force on myself.
Change it up happy
I had an idea to knit three Crazyheart sweaters by Tanis Lavallee: one for my husband, one for myself and one for Jellybean with a color palette of purple, teal, and gray. I started on my husband’s sweater back in November because it would take me the longest, and—since it was a bottom up construction—it gave me time to think about my color palette.
Turned out I didn’t love it, but I kept knitting the body of his sweater hoping to be inspired before I started his color work or started knitting my own.
Then after talking to my knitting girlfriends on a Friday night, I randomly dug through my stash and decided to knit what I call a palette cleanser sweater—something quick and easy to help reenergize me to finish what I’m working on.
I dug deep into my stash and pulled out some now discontinued Classic Elite Chateau and Palace yarns to whip up a bulky weight colorwork sweater—the Planter Pullover by Annie Lupton. I modified the sweater just a tiny bit with shorter sleeves and some short row shaping, but the seafoam green and yellow color palette just made me happy.
I also knit a Lucky Dog sweater by Sole Salvo for Jellybean using Spincycle yarn in a mustardy yellow named Salty Dog—that made me start to rethink my holiday sweater color palette.
built for happy
As I knit other things and mixed and matched yarns—only knitting what made me smile—it felt so much better than what I had originally planned. So, I decided to change it up and make sweaters that made me happy.
My husband and I have spent a lot of time together, and as much as I miss hugging my friends and seeing my students, I’ve also relished the fact that I’ve had dinner with my husband every night and have had a lot more evenings snuggled up on the couch with him. He’s been a great pandemic partner and I realize how fortunate we are to be healthy and able to stay home when so many aren’t in the same position as we are.
As hard as 2020 has been, I’m still thankful for this year and the lessons I am taking away from it, but I am definitely looking forward to the new year and what it will bring. And maybe instead of Christmas/holiday sweaters, I’ll just start making us New Year’s sweaters moving forward.