It must come of having a month with zero free time. Between holiday preparations, my sister's wedding (I had to make two skirts for the DDs for that), my kid's music show(many, many trips back and forth to NYC), pattern submissions and gift knitting; there was no time to knit what I wanted. Oh no, those Korknisse don't count, they were like snack food, a quick handful here and there. But now it is January 8th and my slate is blank, relatively so at least. It all culminated this weekend when the kids performed in a wonderful folk music tribute. They played and sang beautifully - Bojangles, Folsom Prison Blues, California Dreamin', The Boxer, American Pie, Big Yellow Taxi . . .
There are so many projects I have been brewing in my head for the past month. I want to start them all - now! It doesn't help that my reaction to not being able to start any new projects was to order more yarn. The Peace Fleece arrived yesterday, the Lisa Souza, today.
I sat in the Point last week, waiting for the kid's rehearsal to end. It was then that I realized, (and I don't know why it took me this long) it is impossible for me to sit in a yarn store and knit peacefully. I am tortured by all of the yarn around me. Every ball, hank and skein cries to me, "Take me home". I had already purchased two lovely colors of Sweet Georgia Speed Demon Sock, but I couldn't stop there. As I sipped my latte and knit my recently cast on lovely blue Malabrigo, I spied a bin of the most heavenly, earthy colored mohair from Be Sweet. It really, really wanted me to combine its lovely color choices, and to become an airy little scarf, to be casually tied about the neck. So I obliged the pleading yarn, and took some home with me. The Be Sweet colors are Tobacco and Aubergine.
The green is Kidsilk Haze leftover from Kiri. But they had a very similar color in the Be Sweet.
The pattern; Monette by Lucinda Guy from Rowan's Vintage Style.
I am not ashamed to admit that I love Mohair despite the itch factor. That floaty, ethereal goodness is worth it to me. Not to mention the luminous glow it gives whatever color it may be.
My mother clearly knows what I like because this is what she gave me for Christmas:
It's Claudia Handpainted Kid Mohair, Color: Turquoise Jeans. Mmmmmmmmm. Two delicious hanks of the stuff. She also gave me a copy of Victorian Lace Today. Just think of the hours of pleasure I will have planning this project.
So I am happy to rejoin the ranks of the obsessed knitters, who are hopefully following their hearts and embracing their own knitting ADD with recklessness and joy now that peaceful January is here.