December Hello Yarn Fiber Club, "Night Sky" Superwash BFL
Oh. My. Gawd. First of all, the colorway speaks to me (Night Sky?!?!?) as if I custom-ordered it, and it's heavenly-soft superwash BFL. I've only used this fiber once before, and it was one of the easiest things to spin ever. So I want to spin other things besides the fleece these days, but I know if I free up the wheel for other projects, it'll be ridiculously difficult to get back on it. Which means I'm doing some spindle spinning!
Christmas Gift Baltic Merino
This fiber was a Christmas gift from another knitter friend (my evil plan to convert all my friends to knitters/spinners/fiber-maniacs is slowly coming to fruition... yesssss...) from Smoky Mountain Spinnery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It's a nice heathered blend, which will make a good nearly-solid-color yarn. No plans for a project, I just split the top in two strips and will probably get my standard heavy DK to light worsted weight 2-ply yarn. I also received this fabulous yarn from another friend:
Christmas Fire Gradient
She knit a rectangle in straight stockinette using two strands of plain wool (most likely Patons, they are knitting bff's) and dyed it using regular old Rit dye! It's so lovely, transitioning from a very pale lemon yellow (it's nearly white) to a deep vibrant red. I have no idea what to do with it yet. Right now it's draped across the back of my spinning chair where I can admire it every day, but inspiration has yet to surface. Maybe something double knit? Perhaps a symmetrically-patterned fair isle scarf? Who knows!
Another knitting friend, hesitant to purchase something I wouldn't like, took me to her LYS and said "pick something out." I was about to get back on the airplane, had just finished two fairly complicated pairs of mittens, so I was looking for simple, mindless knitting, but still interesting. Oh yes. You know where this is going. Here's where the herd instinct comes in:
Noro Striped Scarf #1
I have fallen down the rabbit hole (Thanks, Stephanie!) of two-row stripes with Noro. About 10 inches in, the significant other (that phrase still works if you're engaged, right?) walked by and said "Oooh! Is that for me?" I reluctantly said no, it was for me, and then told him that he didn't really want it because it was going to get pink. He then asked me: "How pink?" I would like draw your attention to the two light
Noro Striped Scarf #2
They're an awesome project, if you're willing to plop down nearly $40 for a scarf. I don't know if I would have sprung for this yarn myself at this point in time, given the size of my stash. I feel a little guilty when I think about buying new yarn for projects these days. Hopefully I'll get to the point where I start to forget about some of the really really old stash, so it will feel like new yarn. Hmm. Maybe I should go see what's lurking in the bottom of the basket.