I think it's the % off signs that are my downfall. That must be it. I can walk through a fabric store or a yarn shop and admire all of the full price wares but if I have an expiring coupon or if there's a "__% off" sign on something, I'm a goner. I was peeved that Red Sock Yarns in Fish Creek is closed. That was what I wanted to do on my afternoon off from The Clearing, I wanted to steep myself in wool fumes for an hour or two. I even had a project along so that I could sit and knit, but the weak economy got them and they moved then closed. Dagnabbit. So I HAD to stop at Spin in Sturgeon Bay on my way home. I had to. And they did not disappoint. Look at all the goodies I found in their 40% off baskets! See that red/orange/yellow Dale wool? There were many more skeins of the lime green/orange/yellow colorway that I didn't buy. Good girl, Barbara, way to resist. I have more skeins of other colors of the wheat cotton & silk Svale so I figure a neutral is always a good addition. Right? Right. That Noro Chirimen was also irresistable. It's cotton, silk & wool, and look at those colors. You'd have bought it too, I know you would have. You all know that I am not a blue girl, not at all, but who could resist those skeins of Berroco Blackstone Tweed? So many patterns are made with alternating colors in two row stripes that I had to buy the teal and indigo to make a scarf or shawlette, besides it's really soft and TWEED. I love tweed. That one little skein of brown and variegated roving-type yarn will make another of those addictive purse-stitch scarves I made so many of a couple years ago. She threw in a free vest pattern. It's one of those two-row stripe things plus it's got those drapey fronts that are so in style right now. I am fully aware that by the time I get around to making it that style will be passe but the pattern was free. *shrugs*
While most of what I did last week was write, I did knit on a few things. I added my daily Maple Tree Scarf rows and I'm watching for the first leaves to turn so I can start adding in color. They say it'll come early this year because of the drought.
I finished up the newborn-size rolled brim hat for KL. It's a lot longer with a lot more brim than I thought there'd be but that'll be good so that it'll fit the new little guy no matter how big or small his head is when he's new.
Last night I cast on the beginning of the thrid hat I want to make for that baby-to-be. It'll be an earflap hat and I'm making it 3-6 month size so he'll have a new, handmade hat to wear for his first year of life. I'm knitting them all out of stash and using free patterns I found on Ravelry so I don't have any qualms that I'm overachieving on this request. I'm having fun. Leave me alone.