I have a lot of cool yarn hanging around just waiting for me to come up with the perfect project. A lot of times, most times, actually, when I buy yarn, I already have a project in mind. It's like the yarn hollers, "Hey, lady!!! You don't know it yet, but I'd make the smokinest (is that a word?) Brandywine shawl you've ever seen in your life! C'mon, buy me!"...and I obey. Really...I can walk through a yarn shop and barely give anything a second glance till my eye catches that ONE yarn, and my brain connects it with that ONE project.
Then again, sometimes I just buy yarn cuz it's yarn and, you know...what if sheep were to become extinct?
Two of the four yarns I'm going to show you have very clearly defined roles in their fibery lives. The other two...I'm waffling between ideas and would love some input.
Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Sock in Logan Circle, is destined to become Susan Pandorf's Dragonfly. I got all caught up in the "dragon" part and decided I wanted something that looked very dark and dragony. The pattern calls for beads. I can't imagine a dragon wearing beads, so I won't use them.
This yarn and this pattern take me back to the winter of 1978. For many of us in the eastern United States, that winter was marked by a huge blizzard. It was my first winter away from home, and I was living with a boyfriend in a pretty nice little apartment. When the blizzard hit, I was not only recovering from broken ribs sustained in a big crowd surge to get into an Emerson, Lake & Palmer concert the week before, but was also in bed with a severe tummy virus, and what I remember most about those days are talking to my parents in the small town where I grew up (they had phone service but no heat or electricity for many days) and reading Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series. I'm not a fan of fantasy or science fiction, but for some reason I latched on to this series of books in my boyfriend's bookshelf and read my way through the blizzard.
Kangaroo Dyer Poet Seat in Fiddlehead Fern. My plan is to knit another beautiful Susan Pandorf pattern, Rivendell Smoke Ring, with it. I don't have any romantic tales of dragon, blizzards, and broken ribs to share with this one. I was cruising Etsy one day, saw this yarn, and said, "Smoke Ring"!
Now for the two I'm struggling with...
The grey yarn is Knit One Crochet Too Crock-O-Dye in Pewter. I love its silvery sheen.
Now...my original plan was to do Romi's Maia Shawlette in the Pewter and Traveling Woman in the Historic Dublin. But now I'm wavering...maybe Maia would look better in red...maybe the woman would travel lighter in silver. Maybe neither one is the best choice.
One thing I know for certain...I will NOT be combining them to make some scarlet and gray OSU football monstrosity. Just for the record...I don't do the whole OSU sports thang. LOL!