So for now, let's just leave it at this....I had a rough week - mostly due to several smaller issues which for some reason just hit me really wrong. Nothing is wrong with the family or with myself, but I did need to go away and be cranky for a few days. So what does one do when one needs to fight a bit of cranky melancholy? Well, you start a vibrant new knitting projects in colors so bright that they can't help but put a smile on your face. Even better...you use materials you already have on hand!
I spent a fair amount of time on Ravelry yesterday, browsing projects made from various fingering weight yarns. In the end, I chose a simple shawl - Stephen West's Akimbo - that I had fallen for some time ago. (The fact that two of my guild friends are also making it makes me smile a bit more!) The trick was finding two yarns in my stash that went well together. Inspired by some of the bright combinations I found on Ravelry, I decided to use this purple Pagewood Farms yarn - called Passion - with some Dragonfly Fibers in a color called Terrapin. I think both were simply too pretty to use for socks!*
I'm choosing to move on in a better mood, and I think this was just the extra little bit of help I needed to get me there!
*As a side note - I adore handpainted sock yarns, but I am trying not to use them for actual socks anymore. I've had several bad experiences with the colors washing out/fading/muddying after just a few wearings, and at this point would rather use those colors that I love so much on something that will last longer and get more notice.