With the kinks in Blueberry Moon just about ironed out, I've spent an inordinate amount of time stalling on getting the yarn for the Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran stole project. I tried to get to Wild and Woolly in Lexington, MA, which is listed as a retailer of the yarn. I was unsuccessful, they weren't open for the holiday. Pooh.
But that's not the whole of it. I don't think any LYS is going to have 15 balls of the color I want, and I know an online retailer will. So why am I dragging my feet? I think I've finally acknowledged to myself that I'm not ready for a 1,500 yard cable project, especially since the yarn is going to cost over $100. I feel a strong pressure to use up the yarn I purchased this summer before moving on to new projects.
Unlike most knitters I actually hate to stash yarn. I feel prisoner to all the unused yarn I've purchased in the past and never used. My stash is like a proverbial leaded ball and chain. So I've turned my attention to the stash of Cascade 220 Superwash I purchased at WEBS this summer. It's a beautiful, tweedy moss green.
And I've already swatched it up.
Last night I knit up some ideas garnered from one of the Barbara Walker stitchionaries I have signed out from the library. All except the last, a leaf pattern, were given up as undesirable, but I ran out of time last night to finalize anything. This morning I went through the sweater pattern section on Ravelry. I found some great sweaters but no project to match the feeling of this yarn.
Ravelry is a great resource for this. It was great to see how other knitters interpreted patterns, including the Jemima pattern by My Fashionable Life that inspired my Blueberry Moon design.