The minute Frida (sneak peek)was finished, all 700+ stitch bound off, Milkweed was on the needles. Casbah is plush, velvety to the touch, and beautiful in her shades of blue. The shades flow nicely with the pattern and create smooth transitions of color from one blue to another. They compliment perfectly with no strong patches of one shade. The fabric created by the pattern, together with the yarn, is soft and elegant. I've been too much in love with the process, the yarn and pattern, to knit anything else and I feel no guilt over the poor Nutkin's stuck in the bag.
This weekend I took a little time to dig through the sock bin and see just how much blue fingering resides in the stash. Patterns and ideas are spinning around my head, with designs and skeins easily matching up. It's quite exciting to see all the possibility and promise that sits in a pile of blue yarn. Blue Monday and the Year of Socks will be good partners.
More fingering yarn is marinating in the stash, as are many other weights, and it would be easy to be overwhelmed by the shear magnitude. The year of blue will certainly include lace and whatever else present itself. Knitting with blue is almost as good as a treatment of full spectrum light. If I can't see the blue sky above, at least my lap can be full of blue-tiful blue. It lifts my mood, brightens my spirit and will certainly be a balm during the gray days of winter.
Today is the first day of February and it's a good day solely because it isn't January! Hasta la vista, January! I'm not sorry to see you go.