For Mother’s Day two years ago, Abby and I ditched the families and went to Shepherd’s Harvest Festival. (There is no rule that says a mother needs to spend the whole of Mother’s Day with her children, is there?)
So much fiber. So little money. I resisted so much beautiful yarn. Really. You should be impressed. Alas, I couldn’t leave empty-handed. That would be rude. I came home with a hank of lace weight suri alpaca from Little Gidding Farm. Given how much time I stood at the booth fondling all the hanks, I felt it was the right thing to do.
I pondered what to knit with it, but eventually the hank found a home in my bin o’ yarn. It was pulled out, petted and admired on more than one occasion, but I was saving it. Saving it for what? Apparently, I was saving it for inspiration.
Last week, I met friends for tea and knitting, but showed up with nothing to knit. The two women I was with stared at me uncomprehendingly when I said I didn’t have anything in the queue. In an attempt to jump-start my knitting mojo, I spent some time on Ravelry and came up with a couple potential projects. Unfortunately, I am woefully short on money to purchase yarn for those projects.
Plan B: survey what I own. I went digging through my stash. Mind you, the bulk of my stash is leftovers from completed projects. Single skeins. Partial skeins. Two, at the most. Eventually, I pulled out the lovely hank of alpaca and *voila* I was inspired.
The pattern is very easy to remember and I can even knit and talk at the same time. Very important for future knitting with friends.