Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Not so fast, missy

Well, the hat's done and dry, but I was off gallivanting yesterday and missed the light I'd need for a decent photograph, not to mention the time I'd need to write up the pattern... and today I'm going out again - for lunch with a friend, no less! - so the chemo cap might not make it here before the weekend.

While we wait, let me tell you about my gallivantings, which included another trip to my beloved Stitch. That store just keeps getting better! and not only because Jocelyn will wind your purchase for you on the cutest wooden ball winder ever.

I went in hoping for the Spring issue of Interweave Knits - note to self, get subscription - and succumbed to three skeins of Malabrigo Silky Merino, three magazines, and not a speck of the solid-coloured yarn I thought I might look around for. I don't know what it is about variegated yarn that hauls me in unless it's the fact that I have so much trouble making decisions and with multi-coloured yarn, I don't have to. Still, sometimes you need to pair it with a solid and that is something I don't have so much of all of a sudden.

Consolation prizes included visits with a few skeins of (solid-coloured!) Americo yarn I can't forget and can't justify buying without a clear plan for what to do with it, plus the other (not really solid) Americo yarn I love. I found the antidote to them by looking at and touching a few skeins of Handmaiden's Sea Silk (variegated, naturally.) That stuff is amazing, and among other places is available (as of July 2018) here.

I still want some Americo though. While I was there I shared some particularly irresistible yarn with a passing shopper, and she pointed out that the trouble with telling Satan to Get Thee Behind Me is that once there, he can push. I'm quite certain she's right, and that it's just a matter of time before I'm knitting something fabulous in grey alpaca.

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