May 29, 2016

Summer Means Red, White & Blue

Summer has arrived in every sense of the word.

It's Memorial Day weekend, which in the US is the defacto start of the season. And after a very cool, grey and rainy spring, we're experiencing a stretch of warm weather accompanied by the delightful humidity that makes summer in this region so sticky memorable.

Regardless of the weather, makers and non-makers alike will be unfurling flags, pulling out decorations, and preparing all things red, white and blue (RWB) for summer duty.

As I was going through this annual ritual, it was a bit disconcerting to realize for the first time in several years, there have been no new additions to this cloth and coaster collection.

Obviously, this is a problem that must be rectified. There are several projects in various states of doneness (that's a word, right?) and a long list of items clamoring to be cast on, but as a knitter I can feel the RWB collection tugging at my maker's heartstrings.

The only logical option is to update the Might Could list and cast on at least one item to freshen the collection. 

What will that be, you ask? I have no clue. 

I've been thinking a handknit towel and/or placemat would serve as an anchor for the 27 coasters and cloths. (Yep, I counted.) The collection has actually grown smaller, since several items have found new homes with friends and family.

I'm especially fond of the RWB Hearts and Spots (which are beginning to show signs of wear), so new ones are a real possibility. 

Or if I get ambitious, I might tackle a table runner. What do you think: Perhaps a long stretch of blue accented with red and white stripes at each end? Or something in red and white that would work for Christmas and Valentine's Day, too?

I feel confident with your input I'll make a sound decision.

Meanwhile wherever you are, I hope you're having a relaxing weekend. And if you're in the US, enjoy your holiday weekend by celebrating with family, friends and something handcrafted in red, white and blue. In many ways, they're the true colors of summer.

PS: Hard to believe, but Independence Day (July 4) is only a few weeks away. In the meantime, for those of you who live in the US, Flag Day (June 14) offers another opportunity to celebrate with red, white and blue. 

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  1. My neighbor who takes care of our cat when we are gone, likes red, white and blue. She even has a patriotic T-shirt that she wears. I am going to make some of these for her for Christmas. Maybe sooner if I can find out when her birthday is.

  2. Since you asked, I vote for the runner! White, or red and white to go with more holiday decorations.

    And this is motivating me to retrieve some red, white and blue from stash and cast on something too.

    1. Have fun knitting something in RWB. Meanwhile, thanks for the suggestion.


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