In Colorado, the first few days under 75 degrees mean snow is just around the corner. As I tearfully pack away my bikinis and beach towels, I remind myself that chilly weather can bring the best knitting. For starters, nasty weather is a fabulous excuse to spend all day curled up with my knitting and a Brat Pack movie. No more guilt about hiding indoors with my yarn while pool parties rage outside. And, with September sending so many people back to school, I've got the motivation to teach myself some new knitting tricks! I'm also looking forward to reconnecting with burly yarns, and digging into projects with some meat on their bones.
I've already professed my love for the wild and wooly Riot Yoke Pullover from Interweave Knits Weekend 2011 . I should really get cracking on the first cozy pullover of the season, especially considering the box of hand-dyed bulky wool now languishing in a corner of my apartment. Of course, the Interweave Knits Fall 2011 issue is packed with even more substantial knits for windy days, from the highly wearable Bryn Mawr Skirt to Mary Jane Mucklestone's Border Socks (manly, but with enough rustic colorwork to keep the knitting interesting).
And yet... even as I picture myself visiting a pumpkin patch in the Riot Yoke Pullover, or pairing the Bryn Mawr Skirt with my favorite winter boots, I can't resist one more light, airy, project.
Ta-da! Enter Rebecca Blair's Hex Mesh Stockings, the perfect balance of whimsy and warmth.
I'm intrigued by the idea of a wooly lace stocking. The suggested yarn is a delicious laceweight merino that I'm betting will keep toes toasty despite the pretty open stitch pattern. If so, these stockings will be a wonderful wardrobe addition for anyone (ahem) who insists on wearing floral dresses year round. Airy, but warm. Feminine, but practical. For the knitter, anything is possible! I'm starting these in a warm cinnamon brown, perfect for transitional weather. A thigh high pair in a brighter color would be lots of fun to layer over black tights.
I'm thinking of these stockings as my last summer fling-- one more wispy, flirty, knit before I hunker down to some Serious Stitching. I'm curious to know what kind of transitional projects you're up to. Feel free to share your pictures!
Cheers to sultry summers, blustery snowfalls, and all the days in between.
A chunky, handknit, skirt and a pair of Frye boots... a match made in heaven. Only thing missing as a latte!