Friday, December 23, 2005

Lost in Yarn

Right before my trip to Europe, stressed from moving out and moving in, I allowed myself a little bit of shopping therapy. The packages came just days before leaving:
Big Wool & Felted Tweed
Eight balls of Rowan Big Wool in ice blue, and my new love, ten balls of Rowan Felted Tweed in watery. I'm so completely, head over heels crazy about this color, I almost took a ball on the trip for fear of separation anxiety.
Have you ever wanted something really bad and when you got it, you realized you weren't crazy about it anymore? That's how I feel about the Big Wool. I had been gawking at this for over a year, and when I saw this, there seemed good reason to give in and purchase. But I think I'm over it now. But maybe I'm not. Why is it that one day, all I want is soft, barely there color, and then next I crave dark rich jewel tones? The jewel tone phase is now, and I will hold on to Big Wool, hoping the desire will be rekindled before spring. It's not just that I crave different colors, I want different projects as well. Last night I frogged my almost finished 'Lila' sweater. I just wasn't 'feelin' it' anymore. So here I sit surrounded by beautiful yarns and I have absolutely no idea what I want to do with them. Maybe I need to do a little more shopping, for pattern books instead.
As for the rest of the stash, here is the sock yarn I bought in Munich at Wollkorb ( I went to the one by Sendlinger Tor, though I much prefer the one close to LM university) :
Lana Grossa Sockyarn
All these are for bf. He loves the self-patterning yarn, the crazier the better. I had to keep that in mind while selecting the colors. On the bottom are his socks for Christmas, the only gift knitting this year chez craftoholic. I have now finished those socks and wrapped them up, so there will be pictures after Christmas.
I got a pair of socks as well, knitted for me by my cousin in Germany, who knits nothing but socks:
Made for me
She makes me a pair every year. It's fabulous to get a knitted gift, even if the colors are a little bright. I love them nonetheless. I'll be back after the holidays, hopefully with some ideas for a new project. Have a very Happy Holiday everyone!
And thank you to all those who commented on my gothic knee highs who didn't have emails listed!


eastern white said...

lovely stuff, all of them! i can't wait to see what you'll make out of big wool and the lovely felted tweed.

happy holidays to you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Steph,
I love the color you chose for the rowan felted tweed...
I'm working on my spring grass socks right now, from the pattern you emailed me. I think it might take a little while to finish them, but at least the first one's getting there. I'll email you a picture when I'm done.
Enjoy the holidays!

emy said...

Wow, socks... I am hoping to move along quickly on that really plain pair of socks for my hubby!

Lori said...

I'm jealous! (the yarn, the trip to germany the socks... take your pick.)

I think I go through phases with what I want to wear/knit too, which is probably why I have so many projects on the needles at a time! Can't wait to see what you make with that beautiful yarn!

Anonymous said...

Happy new year to you! I love the Debbie Bliss cardigan - that collar is fabulous, and perhaps I'll just have to go and copy you once again... I have the opposite problem though - most of my stash is BRIGHT, and sometimes all I want is barely there colour.

The Gothic socks are wonderful by the way!

rougeau26 said...

Hey Steph, your stuff is beautiful! I especially like your gothic socks. Thanks for commenting on my blog. I was actually wondering if you could maybe tell me how to post a gallery of FO's and list other bloggers you read... I'm new to the blogging world and only know how to make entries. Thanks!

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