Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Spring Fever... or Destiny?

Well, at least my search for size 0 needles produced a handy supply of baseball knitting. This will come in handy since #3 has made the play-offs and #1 is apparently participating in a summer league. "A what?! A summer league?!" This means he will be playing baseball through the "summer" which is also known as my "off" season.

Unaware of the lonely partials that had been tucked away, I had actually finally started a second Clapotis last week for some mindless knitting. (I knit one years ago but I really don't care for the colors so I never use it.)


I'm using Schaefer Laurel which is a mercerized pima cotton. While I absolutely love the yarn, it's still not the same as knitting with a plush merino. However, I think it will be a good substitute for our So Cal weather since I really want to be able to wear it during the warmer months.

It is good to know that I will be well prepared for any and all baseball games, movies and park visits for some time to come, but I had really wanted to start a new sock pattern to grab my interest. Boredom is my greatest foe and I'm always seeking some sort of stimulation, but I feel rather fortunate that my wandering mind is easily appeased by a new pattern or interesting book, and does not require anything more risky than small pointy needles (ie. bungee jumping or rock climbing).

I was seriously considering sacrificing one of the socks in progress (probably the black & gold ones since my sons lost every game I wore my handknit team color socks to last season), when destiny (prompted by a houseful of kids with a bad case of spring fever) led me into the LYS.

The owner was in and she was quick to show me the shop's newest acquisition... Malabrigo Silky Merino! After fondling and drooling over all the colors, I chose what they call Green Grey (but is probably more commonly known as "Teal") for a pattern I've been wanting to knit for ages, Tuscany from No Sheep for You.


I am swooning with each stitch.


knittinwolf said...

Oooooh making me want some silky malabrigo! Can't wait to see more of it! I have so many projects too to do!:) hugs

Laura said...

I love your chutzpah!

km said...

And you didn't even have to sacrifice a sock! So, there's probably enough June knitting there. But, you'll probably need to line something up for July.

Auntie Pudentaine said...

That silky merino is some amazing yarn isn't it! My only challenge is to pick a color!

Kate said...

That silky Merino is beautiful! I can't wait to see how the shawl turns out. I've been tempted to try that pattern, but haven't gotten around to it. Now I can live vicariously through you...thanks!

Maria said...

That looks heavenly! I just ordered some the other day. I can't wait to touch it.
Oh, and I'd sacrifice a sock. If you don't love it, don't knit it! You need a new one!

Good Yarns said...

Did you say you were looking for those size 0 needles - wonder where the could be? My house?

And tuscany...can't wait.

As to the clapotis so far, stunning.

Yarnhog said...

I was doing okay resisting the new yarns (well, okay in that I only got one package in the mail today) until you mentioned the silky merino. I've been drooling over it ever since I saw some on Ravelry (otherwise known as the sinkhole that ate my life) last month.

dawn said...

I love your tuscany. The yarn is so pretty, and the stitchmarkers too. Are they from hide and sheep?

Octopus Knits said...

That will make a lovely Clapotis that is, as you say, better for southern California weather : )

Silky merino is SO nice to knit with - great choice of pattern, too!