Not Spring Yet
Today, we are supposed be getting a Nor’easter storm that they say will give us potentially 12-16 of snow. It’s been snowing all day, but nothing has stuck yet. It’s just melting as it hits the ground. So, I am having a hard time believing that we will actually get any accumulation, but this is probably because I lived in the South all my life where I was conditioned to never to believe forecasts of snow because they invariably were wrong. However, here in New England, I have to say, the snow forecasts have been quite accurate, at least for the time we have been living here. I heard this week on the radio forecast that this storm is supposed to be a ‘regular’ Nor’easter (as opposed to the bomb cyclone kind) and would come with just 4-8 inches of snow.
Anyway, as we sit here and watch the snow fall outside and wait for the storm to really arrive, I feel a little like that snow that falls on the ground and just melts. Sometimes, it seems that I work on things for a long time and nothing seems to happen. Or, I am busy all day for days, but don’t seem to be making any progress, but I know that’s not true. It’s just that progress is sometimes invisible.
Take for example my weaving project. At first glance, it looks pretty much the same as the last picture I showed you.
However, I am actually half finished. Or at least, I used half of my yarn. I may actually be closer to finishing than I want to be because I don’t think my warp threads are long enough. I work on this in the few minutes I have here and there throughout the day. It’s easy to stop and start and it moves along quickly as well. Just 12 minutes after the photo above was taken, I had woven about 6 inches and it looked like this. Then, I wound it up and it looked the same as above.
Life is a lot like this, I think. It’s work, work, work, everyday and nothing seems to change, but take a minute to step back and look at the big picture, and you realize, actually, quite a lot has changed. I spent some time this week looking for a new sweater project. I had the pattern and wanted to use yarn in my stash, but after spending a lot of time sifting through my yarn, I came to the realization that I did not have the right yarn and abandoned the idea. Was that a waste of time? I don’t know. Because of that failed project start, I went back to my happy stripey cardigan. Noro yarns are so fun to knit with because the color changes can be surprising, but somehow they all work together. In the skein, these had an autumnal/halloweeny feel to the colors, but knit up like this, I see it is more springlike than I thought.
And just because I could not start the sweater I wanted to, I decided to start another sweater that had the pattern AND yarn ready and waiting. Also, it’s a bulky weight sweater and I thought I better get it started while it’s still cold and so I Cast on the appropriately named Avalanche sweater by Heidi Kirmaier. So, usually no progress in one area, just means that progress is being made somewhere else.
This one is not as fast as Carbeth, but I also haven’t spent much time on it. It’s all scrunched up on the needles right now, so it is hard to see, but there is some lace and a couple of cables, too. I think I’ll devote more time to it tonight since it feels more wintery today. It’s hard to believe we had a day last week that was almost 70 degrees. But, even though daylight savings is this week, and I heard that the meteorological first day of spring has already passed, it does not look like spring outside.
However, it does look like spring with my knitting.
I told you I would be knitting pink things next. Maybe spring will come faster if I knit with spring colors? But I do have some blue things on my mind too.