Maybe it was some pushback after my big (and yet unfinished) Konmari clean-out. Or maybe it was just because I haven't actually bought yarn in about three years. But whatever the case, I have been on a bit of a yarn buying bender.
Michele Wang, knitwear designer and owner of Gauge + Tension, the yarn store in Greenpoint where I have been lucky enough to teach spinning a few times, has developed her own line of yarn from Cormo sheep. She is working with an indie dyer to make a series of gorgeous colors. The result is yarn that is bouncy and soft and beautiful. When I taught the intermediate spindling class, I asked for payment in yarn.
Let it be known that teaching at yarn stores is a dangerous thing!
On the plus side, I have the pattern picked out already.
Then, it so happened that Lucy spent ten days at Not Back to School camp up in Vermont. I drove up to pick her up on Saturday, which was rather grueling - 12 hours in all. Such a demanding trip required at least one reward (I mean, beyond having my daughter back).
It so happened that the route to Vermont goes right past...
Yes, the Mecca of yarn stores - WEBS. It is all that.
There is so much yarn there that it is hard to make decisions. I found myself over near the Lopi section, thinking about how I have long wanted to recreate a sweater that my mom made me about 30 years ago that has entered the unwearable stage after so many years of service.
Enter nine skeins of lopi. Not exactly the same colors but I think they will be gorgeous together (the dark grey will be the main color).
Now to seek out that missing element in this big adventure: time.