Or, more life lessons learned through knitting.
I'm working on finishing up some projects and tidying up in the studio this morning. My problem is, I can't stop buying yarns and starting new things! Everyday I worked this week, I bought new yarn. I can justify all of it, really, I NEEDED it. Some of it is yarn that I recommended to my Handmade Holidays class for washcloths/dishcloths. I wanted to knit up some examples to make sure it worked. I don't like to steer people in the wrong yarn direction.
This is Classic Elite Cricket and it might be my new favorite yarn for washcloths/dishcloths. It's 60% cotton and 40% linen and on closeout. The linen makes it light but strong, so it dries out more quickly than just cotton. Wait... this post is not my dissertation on dishcloths. I get distracted.
My next purchase was for more slouchy hats since they seem to disappear around here. This time we are going with team colors.
This is On-Line Supersocke, London Color. I'm so happy with my Eyelet Sock Yarn Hat pattern. I've knit about six of them! I've been sizing them down for toddlers and babies, and changing the numbers for different weights of yarn. I leave the eyelets in for girls and take them out for boys, using the same numbers. Again, maybe this is another post.
What I was really trying to write about today was being judgemental, about yarn. If you've read the blog for very long you know I tend to use yarns like Madelinetosh,
and other natural fibers. (I'm trying not to get distracted and start going into an in depth discourse on the beauty and wonder-fullness of these fibers...must resist)
I will admit, I'm a little judgemental when it comes to synthetic fibers and novelty yarns. Maybe that's putting it mildly. That being said, more and more I'm finding projects where THOSE yarns (listen to that judgement) are perfect. I started with blends that were practical like the yarn I used for my grandmother's shawl, but imagine my own dismay when I purchased these skeins yesterday, and the shock on my co-workers faces. They know my purchases all too well!
This is Lumio (the all pink yarn) and Bravo Big from SMC, part of their My Mountain Collection. We've had it at the store for awhile and I'll admit it, I've been secretly judgemental, unntil A1 started talking about walking down the English country lanes in the dark. Clearly she needs a bright reflective hat so she doesn't get run over by a bicycle or a cow. It also needed to be a quick knit. I have to send a package to her tomorrow! This was the best choice but I was still skeptical.
I promptly went home and knit the hat on the left and started the next. It was really fun! These yarns are 100% synthetic people, 100%! The kids had a bonfire last night, with friends, and everyone was wearing the hat. I even wore it and it was fun.
I seem to have learned an important lesson about yarn through this experience. Every yarn has it's place and maybe I shouldn't be so quick to judge. Hmm... that could be true about other things as well.
Oh knitting! Your lessons never seem to end and they come in some crazy colors!