It's all the Yarn Harlot's fault. Really.
She recently posted the beginnings of a beaded scarf she was planning to knit. You know the one... Schaefer's Undulating Waves scarf... the one that I see everyone talking about now.
Well, in my defense, I noticed when I looked up the scarf that I already had it queued on Ravelry so finding a kit for the scarf at EarthFaire was pretty tempting. Even more tempting was the fact that the kit quickly sold out. This meant it was both popular and hard to get. This meant... I had to have it.
Now I really intended to just kind of slip it into my stash without calling attention to my, uh, quirky, impulsive nature. However, they packaged it all in such a nice little kit, I wanted to tell you about it. I had a choice of beads that would create a contrast or blend. Since I'm not a real sparkly kinda gal, I chose blending beads and let them pick the color. The kit included the yarn, beads and pattern, as well as instructions for stringing the beads and a little thingy to help with the task.
The yarn is gorgeous and I can't wait to get started but decided I really needed to practice working with beads on a smaller project first so I finally cast on for Gilda from Twisted Sisters. I say finally because I purchased the beads and yarn some time ago at the LYS but was never crazy about the color. Since they are now carrying a much wider selection of beads, I exchanged the ones I had for something that appealed to me more.
The yarn is a cotton/rayon blend from Twisted Sisters called Mirage in "Rosewood" and the beads are Translucent Dark Rose Aurora Borealis from Twisted Sisters as well. So far, I can't tell if I love it (knitting with beads) or hate it... but I can't put it down. I'll have to get back to you on that one.
And yes, the increasing number of wips is starting to make me loopy. Maybe I'll just go read a book. I have a stack of those too.