There will be some among you who have no experience with this process-- I ask only that we all be kind to those that are different from us, even (or maybe especially) when their behavior seems bizarre and completely illogical.
I know my yarn habit can be disturbing at first glance to the uninitiated, and I go to some lengths not to reveal it to those who don't seem likely to understand it, but I also know I'm not alone. There are people out there, many people, who join me in metaphorical hunching over piles of yarn and fiber, rubbing our hands together and muttering, "My precious, my precious," with shifty eyes and a tendency to startle easily.
There are some yarns that just don't get used-- even though I love them, adore them in fact-- and in a certain community, we refer to these yarns (and fiber), collectively, as The Shrine of the Precious. Everyone's corner of the shrine is different; some may be populated with vacation yarn, or indie dyers, or luxury fibers. The truth is that the metric for a particular shrine doesn't have to make sense to anyone but its owner and creator-- and sometimes even she won't be able to articulate it. In my case, included in my shrine are several skeins of Alisha Goes Around Tracks of Bison-- an indie-dyed, five-ply, 90/10 merino/bison yarn, with a very tight twist. There's no fabulous reason I haven't knit with this before-- in point of fact, I'm completely in love with this yarn. But it achieved precious status almost as soon as it joined the rest of the stash, and even though I bought it specifically to make socks, it has remained skeined and binned.
Now, as a person who would like to avoid being on an episode of Hoarders, I realize I need to change some of my behaviors, and clinging so tightly to shrine yarn is right at the top of that list. I have many years of stash-knitting ahead of me, and there is no reason to refuse myself the pleasure of knitting with yarn I love until all the other yarn (which I also love, but not as much. Necessarily. I have a lot of yarn I essentially bought on spec, and it might be the best yarn in the entire world-- guaranteeing, obviously, that by the time I use it it will be discontinued.) has been knit up. Also, since I'm clearly a little bored with what was on my needles-- as evidenced by the fact that in the last two weeks I haven't worked a stitch on any of my WIPs, but I did cast on and bind off a hat in handspun for Devin-- it seemed like it was time to break out the good stuff.
- Devin's blue sweater (CO 10 July, pattern: Bel Air, yarn: Imperial Yarn Tracie)
- Hap blanket (CO 5 June, pattern: modified Tweed Baby Blanket, yarn: various alpaca/wool blends from stash)
- Celestarium (CO 14 May, pattern: Celestarium, yarn: Knitted Wit Bantamweight Corriedale)
- Magnanimity (CO 13 January, pattern: Magnanimity, yarn: Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool)
Socks: Entirely from stash! (9)
- Relocation Socks (CO 31 July, no pattern toe-up, yarn: Patons Kroy Socks)
- SKA February 2013 (pattern: Rampant (theme: "under-appreciated"), yarn: Ella Rae Lace Merino)
- SKA May 2013 (pattern: Swedish Fish Socks (designer: SpillyJane), yarn: Knitted Wit Superwash Merino Fingering)
- SKA September 2013 (CO 20 September, pattern: Unicurves, yarn: Alisha Goes Around Tracks of Bison Fingering)
- SKA November 2013 (designer: Rose Hiver, theme: "over-appreciated")
- SKA January 2014 (pattern: Feminine Lace (designer: Stephanie Van der Liden, theme: "lace"))
- SKA February 2014 (designer: Cookie A, theme: "under-appreciated")
- SKA May 2014 (pattern: MOCK by Adrienne Fong)
- SKA July 2014 (pattern: Treebeard Socks (designer: Claire Ellen))
Gifts and thoughts on gifts (6)
- Dad's sweater (pattern: Straboy, yarn: Peace Fleece Worsted)
- Mom's thrumbed slippers (pattern: Thrumbelina, yarn: Cascade 220)
- Mom's Kathmandu sweater
- something for Athena (a wrap of some sort? or a hat)
- something for Timothy (possibly socks)
- something for Amy (probably socks, but maybe a wrap)
Misc. (Finished 1/1)
- Handspun hat for Devin (CO 8 September & BO 20 September, pattern: Tears of Bronze, yarn: handspun BFL "Tidepool")
Other Projects: Spinning & Puffs
- Spinning this week: +0 ounces (Total: 8.1 oz; Goal: 6 lbs in 50 weeks)
- This week in Puffs: +0 (Total: 8 (well, 61); Goal: 50 puffs in 50 weeks)