Back in September I went to a yarn shop.
I know, big surprise. But we love Black Mountain Yarn Shop, and a trip up to that area is something we try to fit into my visits home. While I was there I ended up in front of the Fable Fibers shelves, a dyer fairly local to the shop whose color sense I really enjoy. And even better, she names a lot of her colorways after places in North Carolina. It just so happens that we ended up in the shop soon after the release of her Carolina Beach colorway. Carolina Beach holds a special place in my heart as it is on the same island I grew up visiting on vacation. It was there that I saw Star Wars on the big screen for the first time (Episode IV special edition), broke up with my first boyfriend, told my husband I loved him, prepared for my thesis defense, ate the best donuts of my life, and spent so many countless happy hours just hanging out with my family. So of course I had to buy it.
Two skeins of Novel, a 600 yard merino/cashmere/nylon blend, came home with me that day. My thought was that I would make some sort of open, drapey lace sweater. Something in the vein of Hitofude. But of course the variegation, which sang to me in the store, intimidated me once I got it back home. I found myself second guessing and put it away to be reconsidered at a later date.
What I did not realize while I was at the store was that I was pregnant. This week I decided that Eggbert needs another sweater and went digging around in the stash to see what I could find. When I pulled out the Fable Fibers I immediately knew that it was fated to be a sweater, not for me but for Eggbert. Furthermore I decided that I needed to knit not only the sweater, but also a shawl for myself so that we can have coordinating knitwear. Because I am a wee bit deranged and high on yarn fumes and pregnancy hormones.
So Tuesday night I sat down and cast on a Flax Light. And fell instantly in love. I have no idea what shawl I will knit for myself, but I think it will need to be something large and simple, maybe with garter stitch panels. I keep stopping to admire how beautifully the colors are working up, so it might be a while before I am finished with this one. But that's ok. There are many more wonderful moments to knit into this little sweater.