Okay, I admit it... I was honestly getting off on the sensual feel of the natural fibers gripping and sliding up and down the wood... knitting needles... when I first started working with the 100% Merino Wool that I am making my sister-in-law's scarf with.
But as a "Recovering Catholic" anything that feels THAT good should be avoided, or at least limited in it's scope. It is with that sense of duty (and shame) that I reluctantly put down the rapturous fibers and turned my attention elsewhere. Specifically, to the yarn that my 6-year old twin nieces selected for their Christmas scarves. They live about 2 hrs away and I don't visit them nearly as much as I would like. So, I asked my sister to take the girls to the local Joann Fabrics and have the girls pick out whatever yarn they liked. There is a Joanne in my neck of the hinterlands and at least I knew I could find the yarn they wanted...thus insuring Uncle Bill's successful gift-giving come the Yule!
Did I mention they are 6 years old? So Cute! Silky Blond Hair! Big Crystal Blue Eyes! (I can remember when my sister looked just like them!)
The little angels both selected Lion Brand Yarns "Velvet Spun" ... one in Lavender (shown) and the other in Bluebell. How hard could it be? A nice chunky yarn. Big needles. Voila! WRONG!!! LOL! Oh, the folly!
Velvet Spun is more like a really thick version of thread. There is NO GIVE in this yarn what-so-ever! Instead of experiencing that rhythmic click-clack of knitting "in the zone" this is a bit like weaving with two sticks. It is making "whipping out a chunky scarf" a wee bit more challenging that I had originally hoped! Thank goodness I am not putting these scarves off to the last minute! However, the scarf itself is (in a 6 year old girl kinda way) rather nice. All fluffly and soft and kooshy...it reminds me of a thick crushed velour. The plan is to embellish the fringe ends with ribbons of various widths and hues and I am currently looking for some sort of "bauble" to add that will make each girl's scarf their favorite accessory.
I can't wait to start on the 3 year (and 10 months) old's selection. Yes, I even encouraged a toddler to pick out her own yarn. I didn't realize that such a particularly bright & obnoxious shade of purple existed!! It could be a lot worse... they could have chosen yarn that I could not afford to buy.
As my knitting teacher and buddy, Rhonda, likes to say, "Knit Happens!"