Some months ago for my birthday, some wonderful friends gave me a gift certificate to Purl, one of my favorite LYS. They chose that place because a) I am a Rowan kind of girl and they carry it and b) I kept fondling the cashmere there. But till now, I didn’t use the gift. I wanted it to go for something special, and I couldn’t decide on what.
Cut to yesterday. A bunch of us got together and Cassie was wearing her marvelous Tubey. I have admired that sweater since she first started knitting it and when it made it to Knitty, I considered making it but wasn’t sure it would flatter my curvy figure. So I tried hers on yesterday. For size, and for general flattery. Actually, a whole bunch of us tried it on. All different shapes and sizes. And I swear it was like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Sweater, it looked great on ALL of us.
So I knew I had to make it. And I knew Purl carried Cashsoft Aran, which was close enough to the Cashmerino Aran it called for. And I allowed myself new yarn only if it was bought with this certificate.
I was home working today (yes, on a Sunday, how pitifiul) and it was nice out and I started having Ty guilt. The boy needed some fresh air and exercise so I thought you know what, I’m gonna walk him over to Purl. And I bought this:
Blues weren’t on my mind but of all the colors they had, these seemed to look nicest together. And it would make a great “with jeans” sweater. I’m using the darkest for the main body, and I’m going to make less colored stripes, using the lighter ones just for accent stripes on a mostly solid body. You can’t really tell but the two neutrals are not the same – one is an oatmeal color and the other cream.
So how perfect did this gift turn out? I got Rowan yarn, with cashmere in it, and to make a sweater one of the gift givers designed herself. I believe it was Meant To Be.