So, I’ve been on a yarn diet since October. It’s actually a yarn fast since I haven’t actually bought ANY yarn but a calling it a yarn diet works. It doens’t sound so severe and painful. Actually it’s not been that painful. I’ve avoided yarn shops and opening emails from Webs and other stores I used to frequent while I was online. I bypassed the Spinnrite Winter Sale. I haven’t missed buying yarn all that much either. I’ve looked through my stash (several times) and my pattern books and I’ve got probably ten things I want to knit RIGHT THIS MOMENT. I also have the suggested yarn for those projects too, which is serendipitous.
During one of my stash shopping trips I found a lonely ball of Lion Brand Homespun (in Edwardian) and remembered that I had bought it with the express purpose of making this shrug. The Hubs and I are going to a wedding this weekend and I figured it’d be easier to knit this than wrestle with a pashmina-type wrap all night. Plus I get to add another ball of yarn to my 111 in 2011 project. So I cast on Monday night. Wednesday night I knew the yarn requirements were wrong. Even if I didn’t add another five rows of garter stitch to the back I’d be hooped and have run out of yarn midway through the back. I wasn’t about to frog the Homespun (ugh) and I didn’t want to toss it.
So, a trip to Michaels. For one ball of yarn. One. Ball. Of. Yarn. That turned into seven. That F’ing Michaels had Wool-Ease on sale for $2.49 a ball. $2.49! I had to restrain myself to six balls. If I didn’t have to meet the Hubs at Staples in five minutes I would have done a lot more damage.
But it’s just a momentary lapse. A slight bump in the road. For $15 I got my fix and I know it’s something that will get used very shortly. Today, I’m back on the woolly wagon. It’s just a bit sad that I fell off for Lion Brand. Why couldn’t it have been Noro?