It's rare that I see a pattern, think, "right, I'll knit that!", and have the yarn, and then go, and cast on.
By rare, I mean it's never happened before.
Until this weekend, when I saw Knitty's Surprise - Venus. I love it. Love it. LOVE it.
And it just so happened that I have the perfect yarn for this in stash. Not only do I own it, I own enough for the whole project. Which is even rarer for me, because buying in adult-size quantities is a very new thing on the whole for me.
Like, I still don't really do it.
But this was a special case.
The yarn, that is, was on special.
It was outside the door (y'know, in the "look at meeeee... fall in love with meeeeee" place right before you enter the shop) of Wild and Woolly yarns. It's the Naturally Merino et Soie, which I worked with before for Zamara's baby blanket, and I love it.
It was a pack of 10. On special for $65 for the pack - not selling individually.
I'd gone there for one set of double-pointed needles. Which they didn't have, but nevermind. I walked out with a 10-pack of yarn.
But in my defense, you don't get deals like that everyday. Not for a yarn as wonderful and soft and silky and pretty as this.
The yarn was a gorgeous blue, similar to that not-stonewashed, fresh crisp denim you can get. A slight hint of femininity without being a "girly" colour. It was just, so me.
So far I've knit an Odessa hat out of it. Which I like quite a bit.
As does Zamara.
But since then the yarn has been sitting, still in it's plastic bag, all 8-and-a-half balls of it. In fact I walked past it the other day as it's one of the yarns that hasn't quite made it to a permanent place in the stash yet and thought "I really need to figure out what to make from that".
And only a day later saw the Venus pattern.
It was, if you will, sent from the gods.
So I've cast on, and that's my current project of preference.
4 days ago