There are times when I see a knitted object and without even meaning to it references something so powerfully that I have to make it.
That's how I feel about the Blowing Snow Cardigan. When I first saw the pictures I liked it. When I found out the yarn was done by Happy Go Lucky, who I adore, I immediately queued it. And then I got my copy of Midwestern Knits. Every design features a fairly lengthy inspiration story, and I immediately latched on to Emily Ringleman's description of getting caught in an unexpected snow storm while visiting family in the Midwest. I identified not because I have a similar experience, but because it was so similar to a key scene in the book Landline. I know, it's a little crazy, but it's a beautiful moment in the story and I'm a serious Rainbow Rowell fan girl. I may have only read Eleanor and Park once, but I've read Fangirl at least five times and am listening to the audiobook in preparation for the release of Carry On next month. A sweater that reminded me of a key moment in a love story about married people and dimensional overlap? I must have it!
So then Juri put up kits for the sweater in the yarn used in the sample. And they were on sale! Even on sale the kit was a little out of budget for me, but then I had an epiphany. I had clothes purchased for school that I had never worn. Why not just return them for yarn? Genius, right? Or maybe a bit hello-welcome-to-my-strange-addiction, but we'll go with genius.
Long story even longer, there's a KAL for this going on right now on the Midwestern Knits Ravelry board. It started yesterday, and has some pretty rad prizes. I wound my yarn and swatched over the weekend. I'm even more in love with this yarn than I thought I would be. And the pattern, while requiring some attention, it very intuitive. I'm still working on my Cormac, but I'm pretty excited to already have this going on the needles. It's never too early to start your next wip.
Oh! And one other thing. You'll hear more about it next week on the blog tour, but I wrote an article for the latest issue of Holla Knits! If you are a subscriber, let me know what you think. And if you are not, go check it out! It's a great independent publication full of wonderful patterns and fun articles (can I still say that?). I'll be doing a post all about it next week including a special giveaway.