I feel like I am falling in love for the first time…you know that giddy, swoony, loopy feeling you get when your heart’s all a twitterpattered because you feel like you have found the one? Or maybe it’s more like an obsession…spying on that boyfriend who broke up with you for another girl or calling his number over and over again but never leaving a message? Yeah, it’s kind of like that too. I am in love and obsessed with yarn!!! I think about it all the time. When I am not near it, I start to twitch and look around my house for the nearest project I have laying out to just work on “a row or two” while the boys aren’t looking. It’s silly and wonderful and so refreshing to be in love like this.
I’ve always sort of hoarded yarn, but it was usually just the beginner’s crafty synthetic/acrylic stuff. Now that I have moved beyond the most basic of crochet stitches, I have found out what it’s like to work with merino wool and bamboo and silk blends and organic cotton and OH MY GOD…seriously, why would you ever crochet with acrylic again? Except for the fact that there are many good quality acrylic blends out there and let’s face it…they are more affordable. And I am not a snob in the least. I do like to repurpose everything I can get my hands on and find a use for what I have, which is a lot of acrylic yarn! But oh the feel and drape of cashmere!!For Christmas a friend of mine gave me a bag of wool yarn and some knitting needles, stating that she will never actually get around to using them in her lifetime and so she passed them along to me…thanks, Megan! In the bag were the two balls of brightly colored mohair. I have never crocheted with mohair, I have no idea in the world what I will do with them, but they are so fun to look at and have found a loving home amidst my stash. My darling husband gifted me with 4 balls of Noro Silk Garden Yarn and it couldn’t be more serendipitous, as I had just put on hold from the library the book Crochet Noro. Can’t wait to start a project with it! And of course, we all need to gift ourselves at this time of year, do we not? I bought 3 skeins of gorgeous yarn from my friend Brooke of Sincere Sheep while visiting her booth at the Renegade Craft Fair earlier this month. Again, I have no idea what I will make with it, but rest assured…it will go to good use at some point.Back in September, I wrote a post about this patchwork sweater I was working on, saying that I would have it finished by January. Well, after rereading that recently, I dug out this project and now I am determined to have it done by then. Even since I took this photo, I have finished more than half of it…just haven’t taken another photo yet. I will surely post about it again, especially after I have actually finished it. It will be the first piece of clothing that I will have completed and I’m looking forward to wearing it!I have a confession to make…I crochet in the car. Not just when I am the passenger, but when I’m the driver. I call it “stoplight” crochet. I make a point not to do it when the kids are in the car with me, but if I’m alone I will work on a few stitches here and there while sitting at a stoplight. I have one project that I started solely using this time frame. I only work on it in the car and I never take my project bag inside with me. So far, I’ve gotten pretty far on this orchid colored slouchy shrug. The pattern is the easiest in the world…just one stitch, so it’s easy to work on and pay attention to the changing traffic lights! I told you I am obsessed.And another simple project that I have been working on here and there is this sweet little granny square shrug. I am making it longer than the pattern calls for, because let’s face it…I’d rather hide my midsection than show it off. It’s an easy pattern adjustment to make and I have already successfully finished one side. I’m using the most beautiful yarn by Misti Alpaca that was given to me by my in-laws last year for Christmas, so I guess it’s pretty appropriate that I am working on it now!
OK, so my gush is finished. I know there are more out there like me and in it way, way deeper…I am not alone.