This past weekend the temperatures here in New England got into the 50’s, which is very warm for mid-January. In fact it was so warm I went out with just a sweater and hat. All that is left of the snow we got a few weeks ago is the ugly polluted mounds in parking lots and by the side of the road (which I am really hoping will melt over the next few days). And although the weather professionals are telling us that a cold snap is coming in a few days I can’t help but think of spring!

Spring is one of my favorite seasons. I love it when the days get longer and my layers get lighter. The only downside is that I have to put away a lot of my hand knit sweaters and scarves. The upside? I get to start knitting spring things.

Now I know some of you are thinking “ Whoa….spring already? Come one, we still have February and March.” But I ask you this - have you ever noticed that heavy sweaters have a way of being finished towards the end of February, with only a few weeks to wear them? Happens to me every year, but this year I am going to plan ahead (or at least I have intentions to).

With springtime in mind, I’m going to peruse Oceanside. It’s full of bright, summery garments and wraps perfect for warmer weather…whether you are lucky enough to live in a tropical climate, have tickets for a mid-winter getaway, or are just planning ahead.

I think my favorite is Talulah, a top-down tee with mitered triangles at the side. I love the shape and swing of the garment. We were talking about this garment in a meeting once and I remarked that I thought it would be great for those of us who might like to de-emphasis the tummy. One of my co-workers said she thought it would be great for those who are looking to conceal their hips. Either way it is a win-win. The repeats of the Bella Lino (our newest yarn – more about that in an upcoming post) really show off all the angles of this modular piece.


Another favorite is Nixie, also knit in Bella Lino. This tank is a great transition piece. I can imagine it under a jacket or oversized cardigan for now and with a cute skirt or even jeans for later. Draped necks are flattering on most people and the tucks add a bit of fun to the tank.


Morgaine is also great layering piece. Knit using Silky Alpaca Lace, this lightweight top is simple and stunning with a little bit of drop stitch detail on the sleeves.

The staple of any knitter’s wardrobe is shawls. And of course there are several shawls to choose from in Oceanside. From a triangle eyelet shawl in Bella Lino (Cordelia), to an open-work wrap in Firefly (Mouna), a Silky Alpaca Lace shawl with knitted fringe (Una) and a crescent shaped 3 color Soft Linen shawl (Geneva), there is at least one for you.

Clockwise from top left: Cordelia, Mouna, Geneva and Una
There are a lot of other great pieces in this book. Check out this video that previews the entire book.

I hope these get you inspired to ‘think spring’ no matter if it is 20° or 120°.

Knit on.

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