A quick swerve into a new knitting project.
I am still Knitting My Life, and frankly relieved to be beyond the Swerve. (Weirdly upsetting!) But I’m taking a break from that project to begin another one.
The Fiber Factor challenges are an excuse to work on new ideas. A nudge. Artificial urgency! Highly recommended.
Challenge 2 was announced the other day: Color Inside the Box.
Could there be a more perfect challenge? Boxy sweater. Use two to eight colors. Go for it.
It took me about four seconds to know where this challenge was heading.
To recap: my yarn options for these Fiber factor challenges are limited to my own personal stash. No sneaking out to Bliss to load up on Madeline Tosh. (OK so I totally did this last week.) (Economic stimulus.) (Just trying to help.) (Planning ahead for Fiber Factor Season 2.)
But MadTosh is not what this challenge is about. This challenge made me leap out of my chair and literally semi-jog to Stash Zone Number 3. The fingering weight Shetland wools–the mother lode that has been waiting patiently for a) somebody to liberate it on eBay or b) this moment in history.
O! Tender 150-yard skeinlets! How I have missed you! How I need to drape you over every horizontal surface in my home!
What a trainwreck. You haven’t seen such a mess since the load-in to Rhinebeck. Yarn all over the place. Endless still lifes of varying colorways.
Harsh rejections of certain combinations.
Wonderment at the supply of neon Shetland fingering weight wool.
Seriously, where did that come from?
Maybe I should have limited myself to yarns on hand that are blue. Or green. This is ridiculous.
Even as I scraped piles of yarn off the living room furniture, I had a sickening feeling growing in the pit of my stomach. These yarns are not the worsted-weight yarns that the Fiber Factor folks are using. This is size 3 needle territory, this stuff. Didn’t I just finish one of those, and didn’t I promise myself that I would never, ever need to do another fingering-weight Fair Isle sweater?