The first yarn to arrive from my one-day yarn-buying windows was the Knitpicks order. For her retirement gift, my mother picked a shawl in white/cream/natural, and wouldn't you believe it--in that big pile of lace yarn, I didn't have any appropriate yarn. So.....
I ordered 3 hanks of Bare laceweight, which is probably about an entire hank more than I need, but I'm so frustrated over running out of yarn and/or fabric that I was being cautious. Then, before I could make it safely off their website, I was blindsided byThis is my favorite colorway, and it's being discontinued. Count 'em. 10 skeins--4,400 yards added to the stash. Oops. Thank heavens it wasn't a two-day window--I'd have been in serious trouble.
A friend is giving us her condo in McCall for a week, and she won't let us pay her anything for it, so I thought a scarf would be nice. I dug through my laceweight--which is really fun to do if you want to know the truth, and came up with Elann's baby lace merino, size 4 needles, and found thisin Barbara Walker's first pattern treasury. I have loved this stitch pattern ever since I first saw it used, but after two hours, I had to admit that my particular combination wasn't working:Since the pattern relies on stitch definition, my needles were way too big for the yarn I chose--not to mention that it was going to be about 13 inches wide with two stitch repeats, so I frogged it and switched to this instead:
It's Knitpicks' Alpaca Cloud--a much heavier laceweight (if there is such a thing) which made the size 4 needles usable. We're using the condo in March so speed takes precidence over pattern.
Now that I have declared that my 2009 New Year's Resolution is to use up 150 balls of yarn, bulky weights and worsted weights would be my friend, wouldn't they? Yup, I keep telling myself that....
I wanted to play with another option for variegated lace yarn. WHAT AM I THINKING?????
I'm going to have to include a yardage goal now OR come to my senses and stay away from the lace yarn, but as we all know how likely that is, I hereby resolve to knit 25,000 yards this year.
Hey, a hobby that involves sharp pointed sticks is NOT for the faint of heart!