I just got my new Interweave KNITS. Getting a knitting magazine in the mail is like finding money on the sidewalk or seeing the first glimps of crocus green after a long winter or receiving an unexpected gift. It is so exciting. I subscribe to three knitting magazines: Interweave KNITS, Vogue Knitting and my favorite, Knitters. I always do a quick once through to see if anything jumps off the page with the WOW factor before I seriously get into it. Honestly, some of the WOW things are in the ads. I posted the picture of the WOW for me in this Interweave KNITS. I think it's great. After many years of seeing WOWs and then forgetting where I saw them, I have developed a strategy. I immediately make a copy and put it in a plastic sleeve. Whenever I knit, I make a copy of the pattern and put it in a plastic sleeve. That way you can write on it or even loose it without wrecking the pattern book.
Then I immediately went to my yarn room (some day I'll do a post which takes you on a field trip through my yarn room) to see if some where in a tub of yarn (remember I am a yarn collector) I had the perfect yarn. And I did! I found a yarn that I fell in love with several years ago. It is what I call UDY or undesignated yarn. It is yarn that you have no idea how you will use it, you just can't walk out of the store without it. This particular discovery is really two yarns by Isager Wool #1 and Alpaca #2 in a beautiful plum. When I put these two fingering weights together, they became the perfect gage for this fabulous sweater. Was that fun or what!?! Friends often go "shopping" in my yarn room. I was on vacation once when a new yarn store opened in our area. I called my knitting buddy and great friend Linda to ask her how it was, she said, "You have more." That really is the danger of becoming a yarn collector. I am off to start my WOW. I know many people won't start something new until they've finished what they are working on, but that's not me. I could spend a year just finishing things I've started then moved on.