Just tonight my son Johnny drove back to College Park after a wonderfully long winter break. All month I've been cooking my boys' favorites - lots of meat and hearty food. This time of year, even I crave warm stew, the way I crave a BLT in summer. There's an appropriate time for the things we want to eat - I guess it's the weather, the angle of the sun, and the availability of seasonal produce. These days we can have fresh raspberries in December if we want, but that doesn't make them particularly appealing. At least it doesn't to me, anyway. Part of the reason I love living in this area is because I like the seasonality. I need it in a way. The seasons give my life an organic kind of structure that just feels right. There's a sense of order to what I cook, and what I eat and what I knit. This time of year, when it's cold and dreary, I crave comfort food -- and comfort knitting. I want warm and snuggly. I want Umaro.
Snuggly. Umaro really kind of defines the term. A great big pile of softest merino so cuddly you want to live curled up in it. Richly cabled and cozy, Umaro is the most perfect of napping companions. It's knitting's equivalent of winter time comfort food. It's pot roast and mashed potatoes - meatloaf and gravy with a side of macaroni and cheese. It's exactly what you want when leaving the couch is absolutely the last thing you want to do. Just bring me a plate, and I'll eat right here, thank you so much.
Ushya is a perfect yarn for the Umaro afghan. In another yarn, Umaro could feel heavy, but thanks its chainette construction, Ushya is light and lofty. Like a Thomas' English muffin, it's got nooks and crannies that trap the air so it's warm and weightless. The yarn's construction also makes it bouncy so your Umaro will keep its shape for years to come - it will never look saggy or tired, which is more than I can say for some of my other things these days ;) The ecru is perfect for a clean, classic look, but there is also a lovely gray, a classic denim, and several other traditional colors that would complement any decor.
Come choose your color and join us for the knitalong. If you're not yet comfortable with cables and charts, join us for the one session class to get the skills you need for success on Umaro. It's a quick and fun project you'll love knitting almost as much as you'll love snuggling.
I look forward to seeing you in the shop at the Umaro class or around the table at the Umaro knitalong. You are always welcome here.