Spring is here! Well, almost, but I have to admit, I’ve never been so ready for spring as I have been the last couple of months. Are you guys as ready for Easter as I am?
Spring is my absolute favorite season of all. I love the weather (the non-rainy days, anyways) because it’s the perfect middle — not so cold my teeth chatter and not so uncomfortably hot that my skin is a sticky mess of sweat. It’s just too bad that it’s such a short-lived season.
Summer has a lot of perks, but where I live, we have extremely humid, muggy summers. The kind where the air feels thick and smothering. It gets hard to breathe and I find myself constantly swiping the sweat beads from my upper lip. We really don’t have the pleasant kind of heat that some areas (ah, Florida!) do.
I’m the kind of person who likes to feel the penetrating heat of the sun beating deep into my bones, but with steady, continuous air flow. That’s what I love about Florida — it’s hotter than two hamsters humpin’ in a wool sock (a knitted or crocheted one, of course!), but the good Lord knew how to make that kind of heat pleasurable by adding those fabulous gusts of wind that sweep over you every so often to keep you from roasting.
That’s my kind of heat. I don’t like the thick, heavy, sticky, humid, muggy, smothering heat that feels like you can’t even catch your breath and begin sweating the second you step outside. That is precisely what our summers here in Georgia feel like.
Spring however, is pure bliss. I love everything about spring except for rain, but I dislike rain no matter what season it appears in.
But there really is just something about spring that’s just… kind of magical, am I right?
The smell in the air that comes right as spring is approaching fills me with a brand new sense of life and motivation. It feels like newness to me.
I start feeling a sense of giddiness like a little girl attending her first prom. I even kinda start feeling like I just might be on top of the world… Or maybe that’s just because I’m on a mountain in Georgia…
Either way, spring is full of all the things I love. It just does something to my insides. It feels clean, and of course like many of you, I get hit with the gotta-clean-every-corner-of-the-house virus and start opening windows, turning down the heat, letting the spring-y filled air in and going bat-crap crazy with cleaning frenzies!
I get a new burst of energy, I start feeling more productive and the wheels in my mind start churning and spinning, bringing in brand new thoughts, inspiration, ideas, plans, and dreams. And goals. Holy guacamole, do I start filling up to-do lists with all sorts of goals and projects that I want to accomplish.
I don’t know what it is about spring, but it really puts some pep in my step, some oil in my motor and gives me a good, healthy kick in the ass. I love it! Spring is probably the only person (aside from my mom) who can kick me in the ass and get away with it.
Don’t even get me started on my project to-do list! I really jump the gun in that department. That’s something else spring tends to do to me — sends my brain into overload with a flowing, intense flurry of new inspiration and ideas for projects.
we have more options as far as fashion/clothing goes than any other season of the year. It’s not so steaming hot that jeans and leggings are out, but not so cold that skirts, shorts and light-weight materials are out either. How perfect! I love that I can work with my entire wardrobe during spring. My options are far less limited than say the winter where the only options are sleeved, warm clothes, which I have far less of than I do warm-weather clothes.
Oh, and the colors are just so much brighter! Winter and fall months tend to be full of dull, bleary colors, which are absolutely essential, but I always have felt a little down that virtually all color is tossed out the window when colder months are in. You see blacks, grays, browns, and fall colors like red and orange, but unlike spring and summer months, you don’t see as many bold, vibrant prints and colors.
I’m the kind of person who really enjoys bright, bold, fun prints and colors, especially when it comes to my wardrobe. This year seemed like colors were more acceptable than in the past. I noticed a lot more color options being available in winter wear, but still not so much as you see in the spring and summer.
That’s always been a question that’s baffled me, just like the whole no-white-after-labor-day rule, which I’ve also never understood (or followed.) Is there some kind of unwritten rule that bold, vibrant colors and prints (like florals) are completely and strictly forbidden in colder months? And someone just never told me about said rule? Or is it just that people’s moods and attitudes change from season to season and that has a sort of subconscious effect that seeps over into our clothing choices too? To me, that sounds like a plausible and completely logical answer. I mean, our mood and feelings can affect what colors and style of clothing we will opt for on any given day, so it makes sense that we subconsciously match our feelings/mood/energy to the season. Since there’s something kind of dull and dark about winter (in my opinion,) it makes sense that we’d be more likely to wear grays, blacks, browns, and tans. Neutrals.
Or perhaps it’s some sick way of trying to match natures colors — in fall you see people wearing orange, red, brown whereas as spring brings on the vibrant colors that are typical of flowers and bright, lush green grass.
Am I onto something? Have you guys noticed this too? What are your theories and answers to the whole thing?
Spring is totally the perfect crochet/knit season! I love all the fun knitting/crochet possibilities that come alive in the spring time!
Lastly, I would like you to know that I actually intended for this post to be about Easter crochet and project ideas, but it quickly transformed into a totally different topic, so I allowed myself to go there just this once. With that said, since I’ve managed to write a mini novel already, my original post idea will be coming up next.
What I’m Working on This Month
Before I go, I would like to get into another one of our project discussions where we discuss current projects, upcoming projects, recently finished projects, our ideas and inspirations. I love those! It really warms my heart when ya’ll chime in and have discussions with me, even those that aren’t craft-related!
At the moment, I’m in the middle of an awesome cardigan/sweater project, which is the color gray, no less! Isn’t that funny, considering?
I am a big fan of gray, actually. It’s beautiful. It goes with everything and is such a classic color that to me can completely transform an outfit with hints of color into something fabulous. I love the way gray compliments pretty colors, and virtually every color imaginable. That is why I chose gray, and it’s why gray is my most common color to work with. I long for more gray crochet in my life. I love the look of a crisp gray (or white) knitted throw bunched up on the end of the couch or bed, complimenting the entire room full of bold pinks. Or, in the room my love-bucket & I share — complimenting the other chic gray and black themed bedspreads and sheets.
Before I write a novel on why gray is the perfect neutral color…
The cardigan/sweater is a project I’m “free-handing.” Those are some of my favorite types of projects to work, unless I’m knitting of course. I hardly ever free-hand knitting unless it’s a blanket, or something very simple. When it comes to crocheting garments though, I cannot bring myself to stick to a design and I usually end up just working first, and then letting the ideas form in my mind before I ever even know what the style will even be! I usually just start off with an average ol’ rectangle and go from there, incorporating all sorts of different stitch designs row after row. I don’t usually stick to one stitch all the way through a project. I guess it’s finicky of me, but the rebelliousness of tossing in a row of ribbing here and there throughout a project full of double crochets is so fun to me.
I hardly ever maintain the exact same stitch all the way throughout a project, and I also have a tendency to not space out the different rows perfectly. For instance, my current sweater started off with about 7 rows of ribbing before I went to double crochet rows only for several inches, then tossed in 2 randomly-placed rows of double crochet, chain one, skip a stitch, and double crochet in the next. It creates an open square shape and I love that! You can see that stitch in first two photos below, to understand what I’m talking about:
Another interesting thing to note is that my sweater actually began as a scarf, the one you’re seeing all over this very post! A very long one, that can wrap around my shoulders three times. I thought I was going to do a wrap-style sweater that drapes off the shoulders. I wore it as a scarf until I started playing with it on my neck and had the idea to drape it around my neck, with the two ends hanging on either side of my chest (like the typical scarf does). That’s when a totally new design struck in my head. I then began crocheting down the back-neck area of the scarf, creating a back for a sweater while the two front scarf pieces hang as normal. Then, once the back was long enough to work sleeves, I continued until I reached right about where the bust-line would be if my bust was on my back. Haha.
And that is where I’m at right now on this project. So far, I’m quite impressed with the idea (I usually don’t have very functional ones!) and I love the texture that all the randomly placed variety of stitches is creating.
Unfortunately, this is a sweater and it’s going to be full-blown spring time before I get to finish it. I’ve hardly had time to crochet or knit a single stitch this month as work has had me completely busy, without a second of free time lately.
In fact, I was becoming very down due to having to completely cut any crochet or knitting out of my days so often due to work, so for the last two days, my sweet love-bucket has gone to great lengths to make sure I get to crochet! He helped me get some things done yesterday so that I could spend the evening crocheting, and tonight, while spending a lot of time on the road, he brought along a bright-as-hell flashlight and set it all up perfectly in his truck so that I could see and crochet while he drove!
If you’re a knitter or crocheter, you’ll understand the impact and romance of such a gesture!
Anyways, other than the sweater, I’ve also worked on some adorable tiny baby flip-flops for a friend. They’re neon pink and navy blue, and although they too have had to be put on the back-burner for work, I have managed to come close to completing one flip-flop.
If any of you are interested, I’ll probably be posting the two completed projects very soon — the sweater and the baby shoes.
In fact, I’ve been planning a brand new video tutorial on the scarf I talked about (that I ended up turning into a sweater.) I haven’t had the time (again, work is taking everything out of me at the moment, and as a matter of fact, I’m cutting into my hours right now just to write this. I couldn’t go any longer without posting!) to schedule filming yet.
After I ended up making the scarf into a sweater, I thought I’d also include a video tutorial for that as well, so if you lovely folks are interested, please do let me know! A lot of times, when I get a request for a tutorial, or if someone expresses interest in a tutorial idea I put out there, I’ll make sure to do one whereas if a tutorial idea that I mention doesn’t garner any interest from folks, I’ll end up not doing it. So don’t hesitate to ever speak up and let me know if there’s a specific project you would be interested in having a tutorial on. I love doing them!
Okay, I’m going to end this crazy-long post. If you’ve stuck with me through this entire thing, then seriously, I admire you and appreciate you to no end.
Now it’s your turn to share with me. What projects are you working on? How do you feel about spring? Are you like me when it comes to projects and you like to toss in random stitches? Do you free-hand projects sometimes too? Does anyone relate to me in any of the things I’ve mentioned here or am I a true-blue lunatic?!
Thanks to each one of you who have been with me today, and to every one of you who have been visitors or readers here at Crochet As You Are. I truly appreciate each of you and you guys are always on my mind. I enjoy connecting with other people here and it makes my day when you share your own stuff with me. I love seeing your project pictures, and hearing your stories and just learning about you guys in general!
Lots of love and thank you for stopping by!
** Stay tuned for my big blast of an Easter post! It’s going to be a magnificent list of some wonderful Easter-related crochet and knitting projects, so keep your eyes open! I’ll be featuring all free patterns in the post.