I have to say, I'm impressing even myself by blogging today. I don't even have a day off until Saturday, but I felt compelled to write a bit today, so here I am.
While at work this morning, I wrote today's date on a few papers. Every time I wrote it, "2-20", I thought to myself, "Why does that sound so familiar?" I couldn't figure out if I had something scheduled for today that I was forgetting about or if 2-20 was some sort of code for something. And then it hit me - 220. As in Cascade 220. And then I came up with an idea.
I am henceforth declaring today, February 20, in the life of Peter as "Knit With Cascade 220 Day". And it just so happens that I already have a project in the works with that very yarn. This is one of those projects that I was really not knitting. I packed it up when I moved from Pittsburgh back in July and hadn't taken it out since. Perhaps it's time to get back to it.
I searched far and wide for all of those colors, collecting them over the span of two years until I had them all. I just couldn't find a single LYS that carried all of them (and I looked in yarn shops in 4 different states). Of course, I finally found the last one right before I moved to Pittsburgh, where I quickly discovered that my LYS there carried every color of 220.
I was collecting all of those colors to make a Staccato sweater by Kirsten Kapur. Being unadventurous and completely in love with the one in the photos, I sought to recreate it by using all the same colors. I won't mention the fact that 4 or 5 of the colors aren't ones that I would have chosen on my own - I was just too smitten with the idea that once I finished this sweater, I too would be able to stand in a foggy field drinking my morning coffee from a ceramic mug. And also I would have curly black hair like her son. Knitting is transformative and I was eager to find a farm on which to wear my sweater. And I got pretty far before I had to pack it up for moving, too.
It's not the most flattering thing on my body as it's an oversized shapeless rectangle, but I adore sweaters/sweatshirts that zip up the front and have hoods and I think this one would get a lot of use. I think that's why I don't wear any of my handknit sweaters - they're pullovers. I think maybe I don't like pullovers.
Of course, before I can use this one, I have to finish it. That involves knitting two sleeves, a hood, a zipper facing, and then weaving in the 32,000 ends from all those stripes that will be on the body, sleeves, and hood. And then I also have to install the zipper. So there's still a lot of work ahead of me, but it won't actually be difficult to accomplish. It'll just take time.
I'm thinking tonight when I'm done practicing I'll settle down with an audiobook and this sweater to get started on a sleeve. That sounds like a nice evening. Are you coincidentally knitting anything with Cascade 220 today?