Every skein of yarn in my stash bin has a story. I can pick out the ones that were bought for a specific purpose and then I have those impulse skeins that just seem to hop on over into the shopping cart, virtual or otherwise. You know the feeling :: you have the Visa out and you just pick that extra skein because, it’s on sale, or it’s a colorway that always sells out, or because it looks lonely sitting out there on the shelf, or simply because your cart looks kinda empty. I’m guilty of doing all the above and then some!
But for my projects that I wanted to knit for the Ravelympics, I went to my lovely LYS and picked out yarns that I had coveted for a long, long time. I knew I wanted sock yarn (but not to knit socks) and that they could be any colorway other than green. I’ve knit too many green projects lately (remember my pink phase?) and so it was time to veer off that path. I picked out Handmaiden Casbah Sock in a lovely blend of reds called Ruby and another called Salt Spray which reminded me so much of the winter sky and sea that seem to blend together when you take the ferry across from Vancouver to Victoria – soft shades of blue.
No yarn trawl is complete without an impulse skein and this time was no different. A skein of Fleece Artist Merino in only what I can call a most unlikely blend of colors was the culprit. It’s called Labrador and sadly, it looked waaaay more interesting in the skein than it looks wound up.
Ravelympic athletes just like the Olympic athletes are in training right now. Our (crafting) version of training is to do with picking out patterns, signing up for teams and swatching. I am so glad that I swatched and did a bit of browsing on the Ravelry boards about the patterns I wanted to knit. I was going to go with the Sagano and Citron shawls. Swatching wasn’t the funnest for both and so they’ve been shelved for another day. I’m still trawling the world wide web for replacements and I think that I’ve narrowed my choices down to a few.
Glad that I got the “training” out of the way because our house has been invaded again by the sickies. The 10-year-old has the stomach flu and the 2-year-old and yours truly have the regular flu. Nothing fun, but we’re on the mend thanks to meds and massive amounts of chicken soup – always good for the soul.
But first, I want to finish my current project which is the Textured Yoke Cardigan before the Games begin and I think that I just might because I’ve joined the sleeves to the body and begun knitting the yoke. Hopefully, I will have an FO to show soon, but first, I have to pick out the perfect buttons.