Opening Boxes of Yarn; Learning I’m Occasionally Crazy

So, I might have gone a little crazy at the beginning of the year with a couple of yarn sales. It has not yet required an intervention and I seem to have gotten through the worst of it–but obviously I was in some kind of post holiday odd spree.

I’m a blue/green/purple/black kind of girl when it comes to most knitted things. Well–actually when it comes to most things. Most of my clothes are sorted by color and at a glance you’ll see a lot of neutrals with healthy doses of blue/green/purple thrown in (especially in the sweater category). This will come into importance in a moment.

The many skeins of super wash wool that arrived yesterday are justifiable. I have this a barter deal going on with a massage therapist and fingerless mitts. See? Totally justifiable.

Today was a different story though. The cone of “melon” cotton is a baby weight and I can make it into a nice light blanket that will be very washable and get ever softer over time. Pencil this one in for one of the babies due this year–I hope. The lace weight Malabrigo in varying shades of forest green? That’s going to turn into something amazingly beautiful, take me millions of hours to knit, and I am completely in love with this yarn. It’s also incredibly hard to get–I only know of one place that carries it and they’re almost sold out right now. Fortunately, my usual Lady of Malabrigo tells me she’s getting a lot in soon. It’s an amazing hobby when approximately $20 provides me with nearly a thousand yards of yarn, weeks of potential knitting enjoyment and a gorgeous something at the end.

And then there was the yarn causing my first stunned reaction when I opened the box. Seriously: what kind of delusion was I having the day I bought 5 skeins of 100% super wash wool in a color that can only be described as “WOW-bright!” and ‘geranium’ cashmere/cotton (which feels totally yummy–btw). I checked the site and apparently my monitor just doesn’t convey the full glory of how ….vibrant this yarn is. It’s pink, at least I think so. I have rather yellow lighting here and I’m not altogether sure that it’s not peachy/orange. Hopefully I can decide tomorrow in overcast daylight. Again, it’s recommended for baby and children’s clothing–so I must have thought it would be good for one of the babies. I wasn’t planning on blinding them though….

But wow bright pink and geranium? (The latter btw is a peachy/pink geranium color–very appropriately named.) Proof yet again, I shouldn’t yarn shop alone.