Friday, July 20, 2012

The perils of planning ahead

Spontaneity is such an amazing and freeing skill and I really wish I possessed it but: nope.  I'm a planner.  I will plan the most elaborate things even though I am certain they will never, ever happen, and I also plan things I hope will never, ever happen, like me getting on a plane again some day.

Reeeaaaally don't want to get on a plane ever again.

Reeeaaaally gonna be getting on a plane to go to Italy next spring.

TOtally need to get some hypnosis sessions booked and also:

some yarn and patterns lined up for over-the-ocean knitting.

It's got to be a shawl, right?  I mean, it can't be a hat (too quick) or a cowl (ditto) or a sock (too many needles to drop) or an average sort of sweater (too much yarn to carry).  I can knit a shawl on a circular needle and when you get to the 468 stitch stage there's no problem with time consumption.

What it can't be is a lacy shawl, because I always need lace tips for those, and lace tips are so stabby I feel sure they would be confiscated before I got on board.  And that, my friends, would be awful.

All of this muttering has been playing on a continuous loop in the back of my head as I go about whatever else it is I'm going about, and especially as I open up the sorts of packages that turn out to contain things like this:

and this:

aka the yarns I bought from Twisted Fiber Art after the last club. 

Seriously: I did the unthinkable and bought a whole skein of black yarn. Was that a mistake do you think?  Or - given that it's called 'whisker' and must therefore be perfection - will it just lead to a Thing of much fabulousness?  (I can say Thing here, because there is no need for the halloweeny Tomcat yarn to be a shawl.  It can be a hat or a pair of mitts if I want.  Right?  except that it's going to end up being a shawl, I can tell.)

The noteworthy thing about these yarns in the context of this story is: I planned for these, and I can't for the life of me remember what the plan was.  No clue.  I planned too far ahead and scribbled my notes down on a scrap of paper that left my desk sometime during the last three times I filtered all the loose bits from my desk into a giant bag to go through later.  I may never find them again.

Meanwhile, the same package contained this sample of Vintage, a colourway I have been longing for, forever:

The base yarn is Kabam, the bamboo blend I keep thinking I won't like.  Know what?  I like.  Maybe I should buy a whole skein of that for my airplane shawl.  Maybe I should find a good pattern too.

Fun Weekend Planning

The weekend is too close to be perilous to plan for, so I don't mind telling you I will be spinning and eating chocolate and possibly sanding and waxing an old chair this weekend. 

Trust me, I really know how to live it up! 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend too and that you drop in again next week, because I might actually have a finished pair of socks to show you somewhere in there.  Fingers crossed - or do I mean toes?


Stephanie @ SKWestDesigns said...

Love the Vintage yarn! Where did you order it? I would love to pick some up for myself.

Mary Keenan said...

It's from Twisted Fiber Art Stephanie - there's a link to the site up at the top tab, under 'Yarns'. It's so delicious, isn't it??