Spending is spending, but for some reason I feel far better about purchasing art supplies (read: yarn) than I do about treating myself to some girly accessory that will be out of style in 10 minutes. It’s not like I spend more than I can afford, or really go crazy, but when the urge to create hits me, or when I’m feeling so trapped by time and chores that I think my head will explode, it’s good to be able to blow off a little steam in a creative way.
So the last few weeks, as I’ve been stressing out, I allowed myself to indulge a bit in flights of fancy about my next knitting projects. The Lorna’s Laces Lion & Lamb that I bought to make a second Clapotis arrived, and it’s incredibly beautiful:
The colorway is called Tahoe, and the rich colors remind me of warm afternoons sitting out on the deck, looking at the blue lake and the dark mountains in the distance.
I also placed a KnitPicks order – some blocking wires for the Frost Flowers & Leaves shawl (apparently they ship in a separate tube which often gets lost, so I’m a bit worried that they’ll never get here!) as well as 40 inch cables for my options needles and some yarn. I’ve been wanting to work with linen and I have two skeins of Euroflax but I couldn’t resist the affordability and the bright palette of KnitPicks Cotlin. With baby garments and summer watermelon in mind, I bought four skeins:
I also treated myself to a Cotlin color card (I’m a junkie for color cards and I have a ton) and, for the bargain price of $1.95, a booklet of patterns for bug finger-puppets. Very cute, and a great use for those extra little odds and ends left over at the end of projects. Plus, as I mentioned, The Baron and I are experiencing something of a bug obsession lately: we’ve been tracking the progress of preying mantises in his yard, from the first one we saw, tiny as a fingernail clipping, to the one that lingered on his shoulder last weekend, so that when I went to give him a hug when he came in from the yard, I got a little extra someone crawling over my hand. We’ve also been watching the BBC series Life in the Undergrowth, which is spectacularly beautiful and also hauntingly strange – the show is shot with cameras that magnify the world of tiny insects so that everything looks unfamiliar and different.
Finally, I went ahead and ordered the Peacock Feathers pattern from Fiddlesticks, and it arrived yesterday. I’m hesitant to start working the shawl without knowing who I’m going to give it to, but I do have someone special in mind. At the very least, I still have three full cones of laceweight JaggerSpun Zephyr in my stash, so I’ll have some colors to choose from. I’m excited to have all the supplies I need ready to go, so as soon as I’m done with the Frost Flowers & Leaves shawl (and I know I’ll figure out that edging any day now!) I can cast on for Peacock Feathers.