It's raining again. Somehow "30% chance of showers" morphed into a crappy, chilly, all day rain and temps that haven't gotten out of the 50s. I know, you people dealing with yet another huge snowstorm would really like me to STFU about my sucky little rainy Saturday right now, but the chilly, endless rain and grayness inspired me to do something I rarely do anymore: cast on a new knitting project.
I'd originally thought I'd do Bonne Marie Burns' cardigan, Hey Girl, and even bought the yarn for it months ago - Cascade 220 superwash sportweight in a heathery light blue. I started to cast on last night, and discovered that I really didn't like the way the pattern started - it starts with a fiddly provisional cast-on of ten stitches on a dpn, then you save the live stitches on some scrap yarn and pull out the waste yarn and work THOSE live stitches going back the other way (this makes the back of the neck) and THEN you cut and set aside three feet of yarn, and THEN you cast on for the yoke somehow, and seriously, I have been knitting top-down sweaters for -Oh, Holy AARP, Batman - about 40 years, since I was a teenager. This was the most byzantine start to a "basic" cardigan I'd ever seen, and after a few false starts, I abandoned Hey Girl. I'm sure it's an ingenious and elegant concept, but I wasn't in the mood for that sort of challenge.
I had already swatched the yarn so I went shopping for alternative patterns on Ravelry, and quickly found Peasy. I actually like it better - for one thing, it's office-appropriate. So I gave myself permission to take the day off, park my butt on the couch, and knit all day, while working my way through the contents of the DVR. I'm all caught up on Downton Abbey!
I love Heidi Kerrmaier's patterns in general - I realized after I'd stumbled across her sweater designs that she was also the genius behind a free bag pattern I'd knit several times, a simple striped bag I'd made from my beloved Louet Euroflax linen and use for the beach/pool. I like her patterns because they look harder than they are, and "Peasy" so far, is just what I wanted - it has a little bit of simple lace, clever top-down construction, and a timeless style. She has others I really like as well.
My only regret at the moment is that "sensible" selection of the soft blue yarn. This day really screams for some sunshine yellow.