My love of color is not secret. I am a ROY G BIV girl. That's why I thought color was what I needed to get my mood on the right track. So, I went to this. . .
How could I loose? Made from Kauni (my favorite yarn for color) in mosaic knit (which I love) in beautiful greens and yellows. You know I moved on from Crystal Falls to . . .
Euphoric. It is beautiful but it still didn't feel right. What was I missing? The pattern was challenging but not difficult. The outcome would be spectacular, but something just wasn't right. Then I got it. I needed more comfort than either Kauni or Wisdom Yarn Pix could provide. I needed, I needed. . . something tried and true. Something with an A+ for soft and I knew just what it was.
It's the beautiful, cushy, velvety, scrumptious Noro yarn I brought out a year or so ago to make Mom a wrap.
I got about right here in the knitting and realized the large amount I thought I had was really two subtly different colors. So, I stopped right here and put it in a tub. My hands told me this was what they were looking for. This yarn feels so good. Kind of like petting Tess my adorable 10 month old Wheaten Terrier.
If you could reach in the blog, you would know that the beautiful Noro yarn and the adorable Tess feel just alike. Eureka! That's just what I needed. I needed to not only be relaxed and happy when I knit right now, but soothed and comforted. So I found the yarn that would make me happy, what about a pattern!?!?!?!
Almost simultaneously to needing to change yarns, Amazon (as if by magic) sent me this book. It might have been a pre-order I forgot about but there it was. If you don't have this book, you must get it. It is full of shawls or wraps or scarfs whatever you want to call them that you will want to knit. The designs are very unusual and utterly mesmerizing. As I was looking through it, I came upon this. . .
I love it AND it called for worsted yarn.
Since my Noro was wound into a ball, I really didn't know how much I had but it felt like it would be enough for the 370 yards called for. Just in case there wasn't enough, I found a cake of Twisted Fiber Arts Catnip in Gypsy which would complement nicely. Then I started to knit. I can't describe how amazing it felt to knit with this yarn. I loved every minute. The pattern was addicting. It could be travel knitting because after you are comfortable with the pattern you don't need to refer to it much. You do have to count. With the YO's and K2T and picots and SSK, there is ample opportunity to mess up. I found that counting every couple of rows just became a part of the process. This is what I ended up with.
Isn't it beautiful!?!?! I decided that this is for me. No give away here. But I said that about the Lucky Penny scarf, too.
I finished with a little to spare. I wasn't ready to move on to something else, so I decided to make another out of the Twisted Fiber Art Cat Nip in Gypsy. I knew I didn't have enough to finish but thought I would improvise by adding the Noro when I ran out of TFA. This is what I created.
I love it! I think this is knabbling at its best. I will be working Friday and Saturday at Ann's By Design and can't wait to wear it. Now about Crystal Falls and Euphoric, I will finish them. They are just too awesome not to. But right now, I am looking for a little more comfort. Let's see what I can find.
This blog is dedicated to Mary Helen Growt my first knitting teacher and the woman who changed my life. The mission of Knitting: A Love Story is to preserve, share and promote the love of knitting.