More (beautiful) distractions

Can you tell that I’ve been feeling very torn lately? On the one hand, I’ve been trying to control my impulses: I’ve listed my “dangerous” projects publicly – it’s a long and varied list, and I should really have no problems sticking to it! I’ve also revealed my extensive lace queue, and (for better or worse) these projects have definite deadlines, some approaching very, very quickly! Tick-tock, tick-tock, the barely-started Path of Flowers stole is due in a month! Gah!!!

On the other hand, I’ve been feeling incredibly distracted. The Anemoi-Lillyfield mittens? Remember those? Missing thumbs. Yes, both mittens were completed in, oh, February, but remain thumb-less to this day. What’s up with that?!? The Child’s French socks are taking me six times longer to complete than a pair of socks typically would. I’m sort of in disbelief… at myself!

And then to top it all off, I’ve bought some new yarns, joined a swap, and decided to learn a new technique.

Spring? Knitter’s ADD? Maybe I’m polishing up my application for the Solidarity League of Creative Women Distracted by Oooh! Shiny!

And here’s the kicker, my friends. Although I recognize this deficiency in my character, I have been unable to stop. Brace yourselves for some serious yarn pr0n. I’ve got a dealer, and I’m not afraid to call e-mail her in the middle of the night. It’s an addiction, and at this particular moment, I cannot control myself. It seems that the more rules I create, the more lists I make, the more boundaries I set, the harder I fall. And about two months ago, I fell hard.

All of the yarns I’m about to show were purchased from Birds-N-Yarn, my favorite Lorna’s Laces supplier. Some were in-stock items, others were special orders. For special orders, send an e-mail to

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted | Raspberry Ice | 3 skeins at 225 yards/skein

Remember when I set out to make something from the Wrapped in Crochet book? The project which intrigued me the most was the Blaze scarf. Why? Because that would be pretty hellish to knit, but is probably a breeze to crochet! I knew I wanted a multi-colored yarn for this project, and the Raspberry Ice colorway, exclusive to Birds-N-Yarn, seemed perfect. Don’t you think this scarf would look killer with a black coat? (She asks in mid-April, haha!)

Lorna’s Laces Lion and Lamb | Brick (38ns) | 1 skein, 205 yards

So, I think it was Kristy who pushed me over the edge: she knit two gorgeous Side Slip cloches. I love this hat. Just love it. First public proclamation of love: December 10th, 2008. It’s about time I knit one, no?!? In choosing a yarn, I wanted something with drape, plus I was willing to spend a bit more since I’d only need a skein or two. Lorna’s Lion and Lamb? Why not?!?

I was very indecisive about the color. I wanted something timeless, just like the pale peach one the model is wearing, but I know those kinds of colors (off-white, peach, tan) look awful next to my skin. I went with brick (grapevine and blackberry were the other options I considered). In retrospect, brick doesn’t exude an antique feeling, nor is the best color for my skin tone. Oh, well! I know it will still make a fabulous hat :).

Oh! You might be wondering about the other two skeins in the photo. The middle one is the aforementioned Lion and Lamb in brick. The other two skeins are Pearl in poppy, which I showed to you a little while back. They are practically the same color! The brick is deeper and more saturated, but only if we examine it closely. I see a matchy-matchy hat and scarf combo in my future!

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock | Aslan (75) | 2 skeins at 215 yards/skein

When I learned that my mom appropriated the Punctuated Rib socks I knit for my grandma, I decided to make a pair of socks just for her. She said that tans and browns are the most practical colors for her, and Aslan seemed like a good match. I was very encouraged by the Aslan socks I saw on Ravelry – such beauties, all of them! My mom would love a simple pattern like these Glacier Lake socks.

And now I’m trying to assess, do these yarns make me feel better or worse? I feel a bit torn, distracted, and anxious to finish old and start new (but never guilty about buying – that’s not in my nature). But I also think these were reasonable, beautiful, and well-planned purchases. Which is not helping the situation, haha!


21 thoughts on “More (beautiful) distractions

  1. Meredith

    I think it’s something going around. I have about six active WIPs, a few of which have semi-deadlines, and all I can think about is what new yarn to buy and what new projects to start.

    I love the colors in the raspberry ice yarn! I can’t wait to see how that scarf turns out. By the way, it would look delightful with a black coat, and I’m not sure it’s ever too early for a knitter to start planning her fall and winter wardrobes.

  2. Sophia Lin

    I agree with Meredith…three sweaters on the needles, and I’m looking around for the right pair of socks to catch my fancy. Not to mention that I have 4 fingers left to go on a pair of fingerless gloves…

    The yarns are gorgeous! No thanks for letting me know who your dealer is…

  3. Kristy

    They are all beautiful choices! I’m glad to see the yarn you got for the Side Slip Cloche. It’s a great color. Maybe you should start one now? It’s a fast knit and you might have some days to wear it yet πŸ™‚

  4. GinkgoKnits

    I’m actually feeling a deep attraction to stash and old WIPs right now as the familiar feels good in response to other chaos. But everyone else seems to be feeling the need for new projects and yarns to correspond with the arrival of spring. The Webs sale might break my current immunity — especially as it would be easy to throw a little Lorna’s into the cart.

  5. Patience

    I call the phenomena “having eyes bigger than your hands.” I’m not sure what the solution is, however.

  6. Meg McG

    I don’t think a knitting list should ever be more than 2 projects long – the one on the needles and the one fighting to be next. It all gets done eventually!

    I have projects that get pushed to the back of the list ALL the time! Here’s my take, knitting is all about happiness. When new happiness is more fun than old happiness I go to new!

    I have gorgeous alpaca that has been waiting to be a poncho for 3 years. It’s always my “next” project. By the time I make it, they’ll be in fashion again!

  7. domesticat

    I’m have one sweater on the needles since November, nearly completed but not b/c I have to join a new ball of yarn, a scarf 2 rows away from completion but stagnating b/c I also need to join a new ball of yarn, one sock finished, one (different) sock halfway through, and another one just beginning.

    I don’t know what the hell I’m doing.

  8. Hillary

    Maybe it’s a spring thing because despite my determination to finsh some lingering projects I can’t seem to stop myself from buying for future projects. Those are all really beautiful purchases. Perhaps the project planning and yarn aquisition is just as satisfying and addictive as the prjects themselves.

  9. ann

    I am feeling the tug of many! new! projects!

    I am knitting one thing on deadline (due in 2 weeks), and my mind CANNOT focus enough to decide what comes next. so many choices! also, I am taking the summer off from classes so I feel like I’ll have time to knit everything I want to. oh, the seduction of free time…

  10. Brenda

    I always enjoy your posts, and I am usually rude enough to just lurk, but today I had to comment. Yesterday I wrote a blog post and needed to link to a supplier of Sea Silk, Colorsong Yarn. After posting, I thought there could be no harm in seeing what was new at Colorsong. I now have 2 skeins of sock yarn (how was I to pass up a colorway called Cezanne?!) and a loveley merino-cashmere blend in “Blush” headed my way for a scarf.

    I love your yarn choices too.

  11. Seanna Lea

    I think it is human nature to look at all of the possibilities when one is bordering the land of overcommitment. I’ve been doing much the same even though I have a ton of deadline projects that all need to be done in the next two weeks. I think it is the lure of the forbidden. Sometimes a little bit of guilt makes the treat all the sweeter.

  12. Lyz

    Very beautiful,

    and you’re not alone! but with me it’s spinning fibre! I can’t get enough of it and can’t stop my self from buying/trading for it no matter how hard i try not to. I even went and dyed some of my natural wool rovings! GAH! Ain’t it fun though?

  13. Marie

    No, Grumps, not knitter ADD, just the long-awaited arrival of SPRING!!! and all the luscious color it brings. Your fab yarn just intensifies my excitement to acquire more, more, more and get to starting even more projects.


  14. Marie

    No, Grumps, not knitter ADD, just the long-awaited arrival of SPRING!!! and all the luscious color it brings. Your fab yarn just intensifies my excitement to acquire more, more, more and get to starting even more projects.


  15. Domina

    I’ve had a skein of Helen’s Lace in the Aslan colorway for 2 yrs now. I can’t decide what to do with it! Knitters ADD is really just a love for creating things. Painters work on several canvases at once, so there’s no prob with multi WIPs. Cast on!

  16. Lee

    I really feel you. I added up what I have spent on yarn and a few downloaded patterns between April 8 and today– $270!! No wonder I don’t seem to have any money this month! But I do have some gorgeous yarn and I’m enjoying every bit of it.

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