What could be more vintage Austrian than a mini-statue of Kaiser Franz Joseph? What could be more welcome on a blah February day than a chocolate-covered cherry? If the weather were less windy, I would have headed to Schönbrunn Zoo with my valentine and checked out the baby polar bear making its debut today. The zoo has a two-for-one special on Valentine’s Day. We went last year when the weather was nicer. Instead, I plan to remain industrious indoors. A little more computer work, then a good dose of housework, and then on to the next piece of a grey cardigan. I am a fan of top-down raglan sweaters, so this is a nice trip outside my comfort zone. It is knit in four pieces: the back, a large piece with the front panels plus back yoke that forms a shawl collar, and two sleeves. The back is now ready for blocking.
Normally I switch back and forth between several projects, but this is the second time this year that I am challenging myself to work on just one project at a time. Dreaming about other projects is OK – indeed I spent a lot of time this morning mulling over patterns for linen tops for summer – but my knitting bowl only contains a charcoal wool-alpaca blend and a pair of socks that need darning. Into all this winter grey, a dash of bold color is provided by new ceramic shower door handles. The fleur-de-lis detail gives the bathroom a bit of a royal flair – the Kaiser would surely approve. I was happy that Pantone picked Classic Blue as the 2020 color of the year. The colors in the past few years haven’t been my favorites.
Stay focused and enjoy a dash of color!