Okay, truth be told, a heckuva lot of green.
That's what I seem to be knitting lately: greens, in all their vibrancy and vigour and promise of new life and growth. There's the Moebius I finished last week, in which the main colour is a deep blue-green; there's the Twisted Fiber Arts Moebius* I finished over the weekend (yes, another one!), which is more of a chartreuse, really, interspersed with olive and grey striping; there are the green socks I now carry in my purse as Emergency Knitting, the ones that resemble highlighter pen colours; and now, there's the new top-down cardi** I'm casting on in Fleece Artist's (sadly discontinued) Ottawa yarn, in a colourway called Rainforest.
I suspect this mania for green is my colour-deprived brain's reaction to February: I would call the dominant outdoor colour these days "sort of whitish but leaning more toward slush-coloured, with a lot of grey."
Don't get me wrong -- I'm not complaining about February, not at all! February is good, because it is a month slightly less devoid of hope than January, which has very few redeeming features that I can think of. January is one of those months that's a lot like banging your head against a wall, in that it feels really good when it stops.
February, on the other hand, is only one month removed from March. These days, if I can manage to exit the office by 5 p.m., I actually stand a chance of seeing a bit of light in the sky. If I go outdoors during the day, I can feel the warmth of the sun through my down-filled parka, even though the wind still whips exposed skin and makes my eyes water.
Yes, we'll have a whack of snow and probably at least one extended cold snap between now and spring, but now that it's February, I know it's all time-limited, and eventually the world will start to thaw and grow again, and we'll start to see just a little green.
*Details on Twisted Moebius: Twisted Fiber Arts Arial in Firefly, half the length and twice the width of last week's extravaganza, blocking as we speak. Pictures to follow.
**Details on cardi: Garter stitch yoke with eyelet detail, yarn-over raglan increases, leaf lace inset against stocking stitch body. Design in progress. Updates to follow.