I can’t believe it’s August in the Northeast. I’m in my backyard (why do I always type “backyarn”?) wearing sweats and handknit socks. This is an August I can get behind.
The cool weather has me daydreaming about fall sweaters. This time last year I was in the middle of knitting St. Brigid for Rhinebeck. The sweater has taught me a lot about what to knit and what I can wear. Truth is, I don’t love wearing St. Brigid. I want to love it…I wish I loved it…but I don’t love it. I wear it like I wear a sweatshirt — sorta as an outer garment on cold weather weekend mornings. I don’t love the way I look in it (there are so many cables to add bulk where I don’t need it) and the thick texture just doesn’t fit me in a flattering way.
This year’s Rhinebeck sweater (and no I haven’t started knitting it yet, why is that a problem?) will be more streamlined. I still want cables, but something with sections of stockinette or rev st st as well so I can get a better fit (even if it’s a roomy fit I still won’t look so padded). I’m pretty sure I want a hood (or, if not a hood then a big collar). Since I have so many Knotions deadlines I’ll definitely be designing it myself — I just don’t have time to make something as big as a sweater if I can’t put it in the magazine too.
That last sentence is a little bittersweet for me as well. There are always so many beautiful designs coming out each Fall, and this year I’m squarely on the sidelines. It’s pure personal choice, and I knew it would be that way once Knotions started, but I do miss it a little. That’s not to say I’m not thrilled that Knotions is doing well and that I have a lot of work to keep me busy — because I am. I suppose that’s just human nature, always striving for the next great thing, and looking back with fondness on what has changed in the process.