I think I may have a problem…

Hello, my name is Anna and I’m a yarn-aholic.

I went a bit crazy at the yarn store this week, but I have an excuse! It was a sale! So Thursday I went to check things out and found a yarn called Poems. Of course I had to get that, I write poetry! Then I saw this wonderfully soft merino/llama/bamboo yarn that was only like 4 dollars and totally gave in. And I almost made it through the sale with less than $30 in yarn… until I saw the Dreambird shawl they had on a mannequin. I asked about it and the woman told me it was for a knit-along that they’re doing and she showed me the yarn it was made with. I didn’t have much time then, so I left without getting more yarn, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to do the knit-along.

So, I went back today to sign up for the knit-along and get the yarn for it, and of course the sale was still going on. But I was smart about the yarn for the knit-along. The yarn that the teacher made the sample with was $25-30 a ball and I would need two balls, and there was no way I could spend that on yarn on a whim. So I asked the woman at the shop to suggest other options and we found one that was on sale and a seriously good deal. I got 5 balls of the other stuff, enough for the shawl, for less than one ball of the other stuff. If you can’t tell, I’m a bit proud of myself. Anyway, the knit-along starts this Tuesday so I’ll post about it soon.

Now, back to the yarn Poems. I was trying to think of a pattern it would work with, and I decided I’m going to try to create my own pattern. I was thinking some sort of loosely knit shawl, or wide scarf, with a texture to make it look like writing. Then, when I showed the yarn to my dad, he asked if I was gonna write a poem with it, which for some reason reminded me of Madame Defarge in A Tale of Two Cities, and how she kept a record of people to be killed by knitting in a code. And then it occurred to me, I could try knitting in Morse code! So I’m going to be doing some experimenting to see what I can come up with for a somewhat loose-knit shawl with a stitch pattern that is Morse code. The biggest challenge there, I think, will be to get that stitch pattern to be visually pleasing and not just look like a random mess. I will, of course, update when I’ve got some work done on that, and any suggestions you have would be great.

So I may have a yarn problem, but I should be good for a while now. Hopefully. I was going to say I have no reason to go back to the yarn store for a while, but I’ve gotta go back for the knit-along, so hopefully I’ll be too absorbed in knitting to notice any more yarns!

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