If you haven't read yesterday's post, go read that first. This is a continuation. I had written a bunch more with several more pictures, but Typepad ate it. I couldn't bear to rewrite it last night. So here we go today.
I believe that knitters, and many other types of crafters as well, often fall into one of the following two categories.
1) find a pattern/project, then buy the yarn/materials for said project
2) find yarn/materials they love, then look for a project to make with those materials
Of course, some people are a combination of the two. Which are you?
I am definitely a #1 in this case. Perhaps it's because I am plus-sized, and therefore believe little camis and tanks are not in my immediate future. I can't bring myself to just buy 5 or 6 balls/skeins of a yarn just because I like it. No not me. A short sleeve stockinette sweater in worsted weight takes between 1300-1600 yards of yarn, close to 2300 for long sleeved. Add cables, etc., and of course you're looking at more. So I tend to go from pattern to yarn rather than the other way around.
Did you sense a big old "BUT" coming? Of course you did!
While shopping at A Good Yarn in Brookline Village, I completely fell in love with Le Fibre Nobili TajMahal. And what's not to love? Each ball has 185 yards of 70% merino superfine, 22% silk, and 8% cashmere for $11! And the colors are amazing. It's a variegated hot pink, purple, teal, and black. Bring on the jewel tones!!
They only had 8 balls unfortunately. Let's do the math, shall we? 8 times 185 yards is 1480. BUT it's fingering weight. No way is that enough for a sweater. And frankly I'm just not into scarves that much. No problem, I'll just come home and ebay it and find some more somewhere, right? Wrong. Google had only a handful of references and none of them were for this yarn, and ebay had zilch. That's OK though, because I have about the next 8 projects already lined up. What's wrong with a little stash enhancement while I look for more? Heck, I love just staring at the stuff anyway.
This would probably be a good time to mention that after the ridiculous amount of yarn I bought at A Good Yarn, that I promised myself (and Mike) that I would put a moratorium on the yarn purchases until the Knitting Guild Northeast Conference here in Manchester in late July. The only exception to this is the Koigu and pattern for a Charlotte or two.
Anyway, about two weeks later, I was at my LYS, Ewe'll Love It, for knitting club. I was sitting on the other side of the table from my regular seat, so I had a view of a different wall of yarn than usual. I looked up and saw something that caught my eye. "No lookie-sees," I told myself sternly. "You are NOT allowed to buy any yarn for a while." Yeah, right! Lookie-see I do, of course. And what do I see hidden next to/behind said eye-catcher. That's right: 9 more balls of my beloved TajMahal!! It's not the same dye lot, of course, and it is noticeable. But I think if I alternate a few rows from each lot, it will be OK. So despite, the moratorium, I picked up all they had. The lesson here? Rotate my knitting club seat from time to time!