Once upon a time, I vowed not to start a yarn stash. It would be disingenuous of me to say I've been true to that pledge, but I think it is fair to say that my stash is pretty modest. It consists mostly of sock yarn, and that hardly counts, right? I've never bought enough yarn for a big sweater. Until now.
Because when a friend in London told me that Liberty's was selling bags of Rowan yarn for 10 pounds, how could I resist? Hmm, Soft Lux--not something I would ever pick on my own, as I'm not a girl for glitter, but c'mon! It was practically free!* I told her what colors I found acceptable, and behold: insta-stash.
Funny thing about this color, which Rowan calls "Azure"--I'd say it accounts for at least 1/4 of all the clothing I've ever had. My mother started dressing me in it as soon as I was semi-recognizable as a girl (which took a while, actually. I had no hair to speak of until I was over a year old, and without hair, really a baby is just a baby, no?) and she calls it Katybird-blue. It was the color of one of the first sweaters she ever knit--a little crewneck with a jaunty yellow duck marching across the tummy.
I have four winter hats in this shade, made by me, my mother-in-law, and my mother (shown above--with the shade obscuring the reason she picked the color). In recent years my color preferences have been brighter, stronger--orange, red, and since I started dying my hair darker, a lot of teal. But this is still "my" color, and probably always will be. This latest addition proves that I can't get away from it.
So what should I do with all this lovely yarn? Checking out the London knit blogs should give me some ideas; apparently everyone was in on the feeding frenzy. Today I followed january one's enthusiasm to Ariann, and guess what one of the suggested yarns is? (Love that Bonne Marie gives that big list, by the way--very helpful for someone like me, who doesn't have a very good mental catalog of what's available.) All suggestions welcome!
*In fact, it was free, because she wouldn't let me pay her back. So I need to come up with some juicy American treat for recompense--ideas?