Before I tell you about changing my mind, I’ll tell you which yarn I chose before I changed my mind! The pattern and yarn choices were in this post. The yarn I chose was Camel and I chose it because I thought this shawl was one I might keep in the car and grab when we go into cold restaurants. I figured the Cascade was a less expensive yarn and for something to stay in the car, it would be fine. I’ve spent way too much money on yarn this year.
But, this morning, I was thinking of going back to bed. So, while I was sitting here trying to decide if that was a good idea or not, I made the mistake of clicking on Ravelry and somehow, this pattern caught my attention.
Here’s my reasoning for changing my mind. We’re going to take a road trip . . maybe in August. I can knit in the car but only if it’s a pattern that doesn’t require much concentration. I couldn’t do much lacework in the car while talking or making sure Vince is driving correctly! :) I’m thinking that since there’s less lacework on this design, depending on when we take our trip, I might could either be working on the bottom or top portions where there is no lacework. I suppose there’s a slim chance we could be taking our trip before July is over but I won’t know for another few days so . . better safe than sorry, right?
With 800 yards to get used, I don’t think I can put the project down for a week and still get it finished within the one month time frame.
As you might guess, changing the project means ordering more yarn. Funny how that happened, huh? The first project yarn I ordered is fingering weight and I will make that project and I will keep it in the car, but just not for Camp Loopy. This project requires sport weight so . . I had to do it! I had to buy more yarn! No way around that!
Here are the yarn choices.
Here’s my thinking on all the choices . . in the very unlikely event anyone cares how I choose my yarn!
- Cascade Ultra Pima – It’s cotton and I’ve wanted to try it for a long time but a project this size that has to be made this quickly may not be a good time to try it so I didn’t choose it.
- Tosh Sport – Madelinetosh yarns are just my favorites of all yarns. I have other favorites too . . no one says you can have only one favorite when it comes to yarn! The Badlands color is so pretty but I’m not sure I wanted something that dark for this project and the colors are pretty limited right now . . in something that has as many skeins as I needed because all the other Camp Loopy shoppers are buying yarn like crazy. Some crazy shoppers may even be changing their minds and buying a second batch of yarn . . those goofy knitters! :)
- Lorna’s Laces – Love everything about Lorna’s Laces yarn and I like the blue. Even though it’s pretty solid, I thought I might want something more solid for this project. My tone on tone love affair is quickly fading to a preference for solids I’m afraid.
- Madelinetosh Pashmina – Since the remaining yarns are all Pashmina, I suppose there’s little doubt that’s what I chose . . but which of those colors would I ultimately pick as the perfect color for my Icy Rivulet?
Something on that Pashmina page at The Loopy Ewe really bothered me.
Right now, at my house, the figs are getting ripe but the grasshoppers are devouring them. Yesterday, I got ONE fig! One fig . . and briefly I thought of sharing it . . waiting til Vince got home and giving him half but then I thought . . he’s not here! I’m the one out here fighting the grasshoppers for the ONE fig so . . I hate it all! I was tempted to buy all of the Grasshopper yarn (which was 4 times what I needed), just to get the Grasshopper away from the Fig. Yes, it could be time for some type of intervention . . when it comes to yarn shopping and dealing with the grasshoppers around here.
Back to choosing yarn . . some day these grasshoppers are going to be nothing more than a bad memory. They’ll either be gone or we’ll move on, hopefully to some place where they aren’t such a problem. Grasshopper is my choice and I’ll always have my Icy Rivulet shawl to remind me of my battle with them while living in central Texas! Besides, I love that color and it definitely is a close match to one or two of the types of grasshoppers we currently have.