So maybe I’m going through another “I must finish all the WiPs NOW” nesting phase, maybe it’s because of Glenna C.’s post about getting out of a knitting slump, or maybe it’s a spring thaw causing things to come out of hibernation, but any way you look at it, I have mysteriously had the incredible insistence that I start working again on my Floral Jumper(or as I dubbed it, Party Like It’s 1949).
I started this over a year ago and ended up putting it down pretty much when we moved back to Ontario. It wasn’t a good travel project and needs a fair bit of concentration since the flowers are done in a weird intarsia/stranded method; then when I got pregnant, the thought of finishing all that work and not having it fit made me a bit sad, so I put it away to hibernate…
Until earlier this week when it’s siren call came wafting across the basement and I just couldn’t say no (although I have to admit that first I had to squish down the voice in my head that wanted to rip the entire thing back and make something else out of it…it was one of my more insane moments). And somehow I’ve managed to finish the first band of flowers on the second repeat and have high hopes to get that full second repeat done, dare I say, today?!
Every knitter has been there: where you spot a pattern and all of a sudden you’re consumed with a yarny lust and knitterly love that just demands that you knit this right now.
This happens to me on quite a frequent basis. This morning, it happened to be this beauty:
Floral Jumper by Patons UK in a 1949 edition of Stitchcraft magazine. My boss found a couple copies in a store, loving vintage patterns herself, and decided I needed this pattern. Oh man, I love it that my boss knows me so well. We’ve even been sneakily talking about dashing to the closest yarn store on our lunch but shhhhhh don’t tell!
I love vintage patterns. I don’t knit them often, but there are a few/many/all that have stolen my heart. The simplicity of the patterns (I swear, the size of the book wasn’t even 8 and a half x 11, but still this pattern only took a page and a wee box on another page) always fills me with hope that, “hey! This’ll be easy!” even though it’s a twin set knit in fingering weight on a mysterious size 13 needle (based on a Raveller who also knit this, it seems to be, roughly, a 3.25mm. Duh.).
Anyways, I am now dreaming of the colour choices and options that I may or may not have at home (I definitly do not have enough to be the MC at home) so ,sadly (hehehe!) to the yarn store I will have to go. I’m hoping to find something lovely that would match the leftover seaglass Sweet Fibre sock I have at home. Maybe it’s finally time for me to splurge on some tosh sock!? Oh gosh, the possibilities are endless!
If you love vintage patterns like me, there are lots of resources online. However, right now my fav is Subversive Femme‘s website. I pretty much want to knit all the patterns she has linked. Le sigh!