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Pretty in pink

Saturday, 21 May, 2011

Hours upon hours of my teenage years were spent in coffeeshops. While my friends hung out at malls and experimented with make-up, I gobbled up everything J.D. Salinger wrote over and over again and daydreamed about driving cross country in a bus, visiting historical sites and all the weird roadside attractions I could. If something even hinted at being girly I was not at all interested.

Unexpectedly, I embraced what I suppose you could call traditional womanly pursuits in my 20s. When I was younger my mother tried in vain to teach me how to cook in order to prepare me for life on my own. Now I do it happily, willingly. I find it comforting and love trying out new recipes and ingredients. Knitting, and to a lesser extent cross stitch, have become a large part of who I am. I spend hours every day knitting and thinking about knitting, designs, and yarn. Dreams of a career have been replaced by the hopes of being a stay-at-home mom someday. While I still don’t enjoy shopping, and am clueless about how to apply anything other than mascara, I’ve even gone and developed a love of pink.

Not all shades of pink, mind you. Bubblegum or coral? No thank you. Carnation or salmon? Not for me. But a nice pale pink, maybe what you’d consider ballerina pink, is undoubtedly one of my favorite colors.

True to my previous post, I chose to knit my newest design in a pale pink not only because I love the color, but because it would go well with several tops and skirts I own. This design doesn’t have a name yet (although it wants to name itself something ridiculous and twee), but it is so close to being finished. Only 2.5″ left on the second sleeve and it will be ready to be blocked.

This might turn into the longest time 2.5″ will ever take me to knit since I have ran out of yarn. As a perfectionist there is no way I can shorten the other sleeve to make them match, or steal from the bottom ribbing for the extra length I need. It has to be Just. Right. The yarn I’m using is hand dyed, so let’s cross our fingers that the new skein I’m going to have to order matches the others I’ve used.

In the meantime, I’ve cast on for another design, something that’s been kicking around in my head since the beginning of the year. It’s a shawl, the first I’ve knit since the fall of 2009!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Aunt Judi permalink
    Saturday, 21 May, 2011 9:58 am

    Love your more frequent posts now. I so remember your Mom loving blue. Everything she got that was blue, we used to kid her and say “..just because it’s blue”. She wouldn’t get anything that wasn’t blue. Knowing her now, I know it’s hard to believe that she wore an old formal around and was always pretending to be a bride, much to my tomboy distain. People DO change!!

  2. Knitter Kitter permalink
    Saturday, 21 May, 2011 10:35 am

    I’m not usually a fan of pink either, but that is very pretty! I love the pattern as well. Can’t wait to see it finished 🙂

  3. Saturday, 21 May, 2011 10:35 am

    I really enjoy reading your blog. I love the shade of pink you are using and am looking forward to your new shawl pattern – shawlettes are my personal favorite.

    I, too, love coffeeshops, bookshops and travel. I would love to do a yarn shop tour across the US and would also love to go back to Europe.

    Keep your comments coming and good luck to you in this new exciting chapter of your life.

  4. Sunday, 22 May, 2011 8:16 pm

    Lovely color! Reminds me of apple tree flowers!

  5. Monday, 23 May, 2011 7:50 am

    My favorite color too! Not all the pink shades, but this one, yes, mine… Look forward to see the result!

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