What I am the most excited about is the yarn for my Hourglass sweater. I know I had bought the Wool Ease for that, but the more I got to think about it and hear/read other people's stories about their first sweater I wanted my first sweater to be out of a better yarn. My main reason for buying Wool Ease was that it was so cheap. I really didn't want to spend a whole lot of money on something I knew I would screw up. But then I found that I was just NOT enthused about starting the sweater. So with this sale I figured I could find something that would be better than Wool Ease, but not cost too much. I ended up finding some Araucania Nature Wool at 30% off. Here is my swatch/sleeve. I LOVE the way this is knitting up. The yarn is so soft and the colors are beautiful.
Mason-Dixon's new book and absolutely fell in love. I think part of it had to do with just buying a house and they have so many patterns for the home that fit my style perfectly. So I bought some Euroflax Sportweight Linen yarn for the hand towels (these colors are perfect for my bathroom)
I am so very exited to start knitting on these projects. I think my mottos for my knitting in the next year will be "Get Ready for Winter" and "Stuff for the House!" My husband likes to keep the house cold in the Summer so I shouldn't have any problem knitting with wool. I might even need it to keep warm! Now don't get me wrong I love Minnesota, even more than I thought I would, but I was very inadequately prepared for the winter. I wasn't prepared for how cold it got and for how very long it was. I think having more hand knitted items next winter will help me cope. It is more fun to wear sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves, and wool socks every day if you have hand knit them yourself!
With all this yarn I bought I did realize that I didn't leave any room in my budget for Yarnover! Speaking of Yarnover, anyone in the Twin Cities area want to go with me, or meet me there?
I just realized as I was going through this that I am really focusing on the colors blue and red lately. Maybe I need to break out of my comfort zone.