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My Favorite Things: silver white winters that melt into springs

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No matter how much of a winter lover someone may be, no matter how many cups of hot chocolate are on the ready, everyone hits the winter burnout at some point. Dreaming of spring is part of what makes people appreciate winters, and knitting items for spring gives us hope that the weather will change just in time for us to cast off on a lighter project. Here are some great, quick projects to get us excited about spring.

Silver white winters that melt into springs:

Soldier's Glomitt: These convertible mitts are perfect for when you either need dexterity with your fingers, such as when you are texting or getting change from the bottom of your bag, or for when full coverage is just too much warmth. Beth Quivey's pattern is available for $4.95 on Ravelry, and is also free with the purchase of the Halcyon Yarn Botanica used for the project. More information can be found on this link.

Knitted DROPS vest with lace pattern: This piece, essentially a large rectangle with armholes, is a great piece to knit in anticipation of spring because the pattern is relatively simple to memorize. In addition to the simplicity of the garment, the extra weight of knitting something large on your lap will keep you warmer in winter and be ready to wear by the time spring rolls around. DROPS designs patterns are free, with yarn suggestions and a link to purchase corresponding yarn found on the web page.

An Anklet a Day: Socks are a perfect project all year, partly because of their portability and partly because every sock feels like a brand-new finished object. Hand-knit socks are also extremely warm, which is what makes them so popular as gifts. During the spring, wearing hand-knit socks that barely cover the top of the shoe give you the best of both worlds, in addition to being much more quick to knit. This pattern, designed by Jessica Marks, is available for free on her blog and is designed to de-stash sock yarn.

Cowl #4871: While its name may not bring about imaginative scenes of blooming flowers, cowls are the perfect weather-transition knitting project because you never know when you may need only a slight amount of extra warmth. Available on the Bernat Design Studio page for free, this cowl is ribbed and gently shaped so it drapes without being too bulky. Download the pattern here and even make one in time to give away on Christmas Day.

Chelsea lace cap: This simple lace beanie, designed by Jessica Henshaw and available for free on her web site, is a fantastic piece for taming hair when the wind kicks up. It is also 50% air, so it will not bee too warm as the weather changes. This quick knit can be made in several different colors very quickly, also making it a great pattern for gifts at the last minute.

Lexi leg warmers: This pattern, found for free on the Lion Brand Yarn website, is for a simple pair of striped, stockinette stitch leg warmers. The colors can be customized, and the top and bottom of each leg warmer has a slight roll for some added flair. Leg warmers can be pulled up to the knee to cover the entire leg, or pushed down to just cover the ankle and eliminate breeze from creeping up the bottom cuffs of a pair of jeans. Also, since they are made on size US 9 needles, the knit up quickly.

Christmas gnome: These silly little creatures, ideal for covering a bottle of wine or jar of jam as a gift covering, can also just be used as a way to quell the stress of the season. Since the items are felted, they can be made in spring colors and ready to be placed over stakes in the garden when spring comes around. The pattern can be found on Ravelry for $3.00.

Tomorrow's installment, "When the dog bites, when the bee stings," will be dedicated to comfort knits and afghans. While the knits themselves are not small, they are easy and can be put down and picked back up so any break in the stress can be achieved for minutes at a time.

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