I cannot wait for Winter. Yes, you read that right. While everyone else is having a blast playing in the sand and soaking up the sun this Summer, I’ve been dreaming about snow, how beautiful it looks when it’s freshly fallen, how much I love venturing out after the first snowfall of the year and frolicking in the fluffy white stuff. It’s so amazing to feel like you’re in a life-sized snow globe… I just can’t help but squeal a little bit when I think about it.
My friends think I’m crazy, but as soon as July hits, I’m already thinking about all of the warm and snuggly things I want to make for Winter. Scarves, blankets, afghans, sweaters, hats, gloves… I can’t get enough of any of it! There’s no other season where there are so many fun things to make… and wear! Even the most die-hard Summer fan has to admit that there’s nothing quite like pulling on a newly knit sweater or wrapping yourself in a cozy crocheted afghan and just letting yourself be enveloped by the warmth of the yarn. ::Sigh:: I really wish I could curl up in my beloved crocheted snuggie right now, but alas it’s nearly 90 degrees outside and even I’m not that crazy!
But just because it’s warm outside doesn’t mean I can’t start planning for Winter. I’ve already got more than 20 things on my “to make” list for Winter, but I think the project I’m most excited about is this Homespun Country Cousins Blanket. I recently discovered this amazing yarn from Lion Brand and I’ve been desperately searching for the perfect project to make with it. As soon as I touched the skein, I knew this yarn was destined to be made into a blanket. You’ve probably had similar experiences — where you picked up a yarn and just knew what it had to be made into. This homespun yarn was practically begging me to make it into a snuggly blanket. It’s just so thick, yet still incredibly soft and silky. I honestly think it would be sad if this yarn wasn’t made into a cozy afghan or throw. So when I found the Homespun Country Cousins Blanket, it was like total kismet.
I stocked up on a couple colors of the Homespun yarn, but the one I fell in love with the most was this beautiful cream color. All of the colors in the collection are so rich and vivid, but something about the softness of the cream hue made me swoon.
So here I am, with my blanket knitting instructions and my beautiful bulky yarn, about to start making an amazingly warm and cuddly throw for Winter… and it’s July 6th. And you know what? I don’ care! If anyone gives me grief about making a Winter blanket in the middle of Summer, I have the best argument already prepared. I’ll just grab my skein of Homespun yarn, place it in the naysayers hands and let them feel the reason I’m obsessed with Winter. One touch and they’ll understand completely.
I could go on and on about this yarn — and my obsession with Winter — but I’ll spare you because I really can’t wait to get started on this blanket. I think I may go sit outside on my porch with some refreshing iced tea, my sunhat and sunglasses and start knitting while daydreaming of Winter. Only 6 more months and counting!