It can be a hairy situation when you find a yarn or a color that you are obsessed with. You fall in love as soon as you see it. You find the perfect pattern to compliment its attributes. You stay up late at night, often much later than your husband and to the detriment to your next work day, just because you can't stop seeing the perfection progress.
For me, stripes are an addictive obsession. Sometimes with self-patterning yarns, recently with String Theory Colorwork's Continuum striping yarn (yes, I realize that the link sometimes brings you to an empty page, but I'll have a new shipment soon with NEW COLORS) and the Halloween Stripe that I desgined this pattern for and now the color dyed for the (now sold out) Fa La La Knit Kit.
But on that rare occasion when a new obsession interrupts your previous obsession.... oh, what a serendipitous occurance. See, I had just cast off my my first striped sock when I got up from my knitting chair and walked to the kitchen to make a mug of tea. I hadn't yet gone through the mail for the day and I saw a small, padded envelope with a Canadian postmark peaking out from the stack. I didn't remember ordering anything from Canada, so I pulled it from the pile and tore it open. Inside was this skein. You really should click on it to get the full effect.
Now, I don't know about you, but this is my perfect skein. Green is my color, and the tones in this skein are dynamic yet fluid. I took a picture for you to see and then I wound it into a cake. And then the pattern search began.
This yarn is a merino/cashmere/nylon blend. But it's not the typical 10% cashmere. Double that. So while it would make a good sock yarn, the texture would be perfect for wearing against your face and neck. It's wonderfully soft, and not at all fuzzy, so it's not itchy and when I'm wearing lip balm it won't stick to my lips like a yarn with a fuzzy halo would. Yes, all this goes into my thought process when I'm choosing yarn for the perfect scarf. And since the last scarf I've knit for myself was over 6 years ago, well, it was time.
I poured over Ravelry looking for the right pattern for this yarn, and finally chose a Drop Stitch Scarf (it's free on Ravelry). It's such a simple pattern, perfect for watching TV and relaxing at night. But the effect, well if I can toot my own horn, it's awesome. I can toot my own horn once in awhile, right?
I adore this yarn. I adore this scarf. I will be knitting many more as soon as my first shipment of this yarn arrives later this month. And when it does? I'll be useless to the rest of the world.
More info to come. But for now, it's fun to keep you guessing. Now I can get back to finishing that second striped sock.