Before driving back to Pittsburgh I had to stop one last time at The Yarnery, one of Minnesota's finest yarn shops. (That's not an opinion, it's a fact).
I was a bit frantic when I arrived and started simply pulling skeins off the shelves left and right. I walked in the door, grabbed the latest Vogue Knitting (I really like the Men's Fair Isle Cardigan as part of the "Chalet Chic" collection) and then continued to snatch things up that I had no use for.
Normally I buy yarn strictly on an "as needed" basis and was therefore quite appalled by my behavior. I believe the fact that I was drawn to buy yarn simply because I wanted it means that the knitting bug has come back at full force. I managed to resist most of the yarn piling up in my arms in the end, but I did go home with two skeins.
The first was a skein of Malabrigo Twist in the 'Teal Feather' colorway. I have absolutely no idea why I bought it. Heck, I'm still not convinced that "teal" is even a color! But when I saw this yarn, there was no hesitation.
When I got home I remembered that I have a skein of Twist in black that I bought many moons ago and, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think they would be very happy together.
My plan is to knit them up into Stephen West's Westward Hat from Westknits Book 1. Ooh, you know what'd be sweet? It would be awesome if I could get two hats out of these skeins and reverse the colors. I'll have to see once the first hat is finished.
The second skein I bought was Madelinetosh Tosh Lace.
The 'Tart' colorway jumped out at me as soon as I walked in the door. I've never knit with Madtosh before and although the color is gorgeous, the yarn definitely has that superwash-y feel to it. With only 950 yards, I haven't picked a pattern yet. Any suggestions? I'm thinking I may even try to design my own, but that could end in disaster and I don't have much time these days to sit around and sketch things out.
It's very pretty though, no?