Delving into my stash as part of my decluttering effort has the added bonus of discovering “new” yarns. This isn’t precisely correct—I do keep mental track of the yarns I’ve bought, but out of sight often is out of mind. I considered it serendipitous to locate both my copy of IK Summer 2000 and the yarn I bought shortly after that issue came out: three skeins of Koigu in the most heavenly amethyst purple. And I’ve cast on for Nancy Bush's Traveler’s Socks:
This pattern is also in Knitting on the Road, which I acquired more recently, and the charts are somewhat clearer in the book.
I smiled as I thought about my choice to purchase this yarn that many years ago. As a newish sock knitter, I had no idea what I was getting into. The main problem was that I didn’t have the knowledge to even appreciate that I could never get 9 stitches per inch with the smallest needles I owned. Now that I’m armed with the Blackthorn 000s, that gauge is possible. In fact, I was so eager to cast on for these that I didn’t swatch. Before you gasp in shock, consider that I was able to get 8 stitches per inch on my Koigu Monkey Socks with Blackthorn 00s—so it isn’t the leap of faith that it might seem. And, in fact, I do appear to be getting gauge, but it is hard to assess that precisely on the lacey top.
At this point, now that we have had some cool nights, I expected to switch back to sweater projects, but I pressed on instead and finished my striped Meilenweit socks (modeling shot to come). And just as I planned to swatch for a simple sweater to try out EZ’s fitted sleeves in the round, we’ve had a burst of Indian summer (the temperature will be near 90 on Friday). I’ve gone to Stitches empty handed for the last few years because I had no portable projects to take with me and I sat forlornly as I watched other knitters work away on small projects during breaks between classes. So after I am done with the intricate top, if I can keep my hands off the knitting, I’ll save these for the traveling project they’re intended to be. I suppose that if I can’t keep my hands off the beautiful yarn, I can save Sock #2 for knitting at Stitches.
I can’t believe that Rhinebeck and Stitches are just around a month away, but my Stitches homework assignments arrived in today’s email. Pulling out my stash at this time of year is going to put a damper on my desire to acquire more yarn, but there are some special things I will be looking for and vendors I’m eager to visit. It’s time to make my wish list.