As my friend Carole is fond of saying: We have the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in this post.
The Good: Rosarie is proceeding well, the second Fancy Silk Sock is finished, and Seaweed has been neglected this week (oops, that's bad).. The two sweaters that are calling to me from the stash have been culled and swatched. Meet the swatch for Gloria (I love Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, Chocolate). This is my first chance to knit with Noro Silk Garden (#47), too and together they'll make a very handsome sweater.
This yummy pink alpaca was purchased Estes Park Wool Market last year. The swatch is soft, light weight and gorgeous (and well washed) and will make a very light, warm Cutaway. I'm so tempted to start this sweater! However, Color Spectrum is starting in March and the colors for the month are Pink and Red. Don't you think I should hold off on this AND the Red Hot Sizzling Socks as part of Color Spectrum? Yesterday we learned who our Sockapaloooza pal is. It's hard to imagine that 600+ sock knitters have signed up! The sock for my pal should get priority as I don't want to face any deadline knitting. Hint: It's a she and I know her blog.
(More good: I haven't bought the Beaverslide yarn, yet.)
The Bad: You may remember that just before the StashAlong started, I visited two LYS and bought a few items with my Christmas gift certificates. One purchase (a special order) was yarn for the Bi-Cabled Cardigan in the Winter IK. The shop didn't realize that the yarn came in large and small skeins when they placed the order. Consequently, only half the needed yarn arrived and there was no more of the dye lot. That helped me make the decision to cancel the order. The sweater maybe something I'll knit later but, enthusiasm for it has faded for now.
(More Bad: You ALL are not helping me stay on the StashAlong by giving me permission to buy the Beaverslide yarn!)
The Ugly: This section could be the good, bad and ugly rolled into one. With the yarn returned, I now have a credit at the shop. The credit's OK, BUT not going over that amount will be a challenge. It was a good thing that I had the credit, however, as when I stopped in (why go to a yarn store when you're trying to knit from stash?) there was a selection of Trekking XXL. It is a new yarn for them (few people in SLC carry it) and this color was in my hand immediately. It would not/could not be put back and things do get ugly when you can't let go. I also bought back some of the Gems Opal to make Whitby socks for the KOTR KAL (down the road). There is a bit more good for now, I still have some credit left over AND I traded the yarn for one (half) sweater for two socks. That's an improvement, right? The StashAlong goal remains intact. Whew!
(More Ugly: I WANT the BS yarn....sigh.)