I made a rare trip to a yarn shop the other day. It’s pretty bare around my neck of the woods for any type of fiber-related goodness (the closest fiber thing we have around this town is hay or Metamucil. Ha).
One of my favorite things (ok, the best part) in a shop is just looking at the colors. Wow. I am always so bad at matching up colors. I think that’s why I like cables (intricate designs with one color) or variegated yarns. Then someone else dyes the yarn for me. And I can never settle on just one or two different balls of color, so it’s nice to have the range variegation provides.
And, my second favorite thing, is imagining what I could buy and then make. After looking at every yarn about four times, I still couldn’t decide. Did I really need to buy one little ball? I was frantically scouring my mental reserves of patterns of what this DK yarn would work for, or what that sale yarn could work into.
And then – I saw it. One of those darn sample projects hanging in the shop; they’ll get you every time. “Knit me, knit me!” it seemed to yell. But, it was a single fingerless glove. I actually hate those little things; why don’t people just knit the rest of the glove or mitten? Such a waste, and then your fingers are still cold.
However, this was unlike other fingerless gloves I’ve seen. It was so cushy, soft, and lightweight – 50/50 alpaca and merino wool! I tried it on, and it hugged my hand – not at all bulky, it would be perfect as a liner or as driving mitts. I broke down and asked for the pattern.
So, I went back to looking at yarn. It still took me about 20 minutes to settle on a color. I could not remember for the life of me what color my winter coat was (actually, that should be plural “coats”…). I finally decided to go a little out of my normal range of colors and buy an orangish/redish/pinkish color. I usually stay quite brown/black/green/purple/blue/maybe a little pink or red.
All was well and fine until I wandered past the register and back to the thicker weight yarns. And then I decided that I’d just have to have a matching skein to make a cowl or hat.
So here’s a nice group photo to show them off together:
We knitters have it so rough – I just want to hang this yarn on my wall. But then again, the faster I start knitting with it, the sooner I can buy more…
(But we all know I will buy more whether I start or not.)