The best bit about buying a new skein of yarn is the potential.
Some knitters and crocheters buy all of their yarn with a certain project in mind. They go out and find a pattern, then purchase the yarn that fits. I admire the people who do this consistently. Though sometimes I can do it (as with my Brandywine shawl), it is not my natural state of affairs.
The other knitters – like myself – bumble into a yarn store and grab whatever shiny thing they see with only vague ideas of what it might turn out to be. I did that recently.
This is Cascade Heritage Silk. I’ve used it before and enjoyed it thoroughly so could not resist trying it again. I purchased two skeins from Kniterary with the vague intentions in using them for socks. Stripey socks, in fact. The blue in the bottom variegated one matches the solid one perfectly.
Then I lost my favourite pashmina.
That is the pashmina in question (bonus Grand Canyon). It has been with me for at least five years and three countries. It is big and warm and goes with my winter tendency to wear a lot of red. I dropped it in the mall and didn’t notice until much later.
Now I’m considering making a big stole with it instead that I can snuggle up in at work. Usually I don’t wear knitted scarves since I like being contrary (and much prefer woven fabric around my neck), but this silk is luscious and could make something lovely.
Excuse me while I spend the next forever browsing square stoles on Ravelry to figure out how to turn this yarn’s potential into something beautiful.